Li­brary Christ­mas event

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - LYNN ATKINS

There is no big Christ­mas event in Bella Vista, Bai­ley Kin­sner said. There are church bazaars that hap­pen early and some Christ­mas mu­sic shows. So Kin­sner and the rest of the staff at the Bella Vista Li­brary de­cided to cre­ate an event for the whole city.

Af­ter a year of plan­ning, Christ­mas at Dick­ens Place hap­pens on Fri­day, Dec. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The event will take place both in­side and out­side the li­brary, with a hayride bring­ing peo­ple up and down the hill from the Bella Vista Bap­tist Church park­ing lot.

There are about 25 ven­dors com­ing, and they will have every­thing from jew­elry to hand­made doll clothes. It will be a chance to do some Christ­mas shop­ping. For the dif­fi­cult to shop for, the Li­brary Foun­da­tion will be on hand to sell bricks for the new ad­di­tion. The bricks will even­tu­ally be part of a walk­way and can be in­scribed with a name. Also, the used book­store, Encore Books, will be open.

“There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one,” she promised.

There will be three food trucks with wood-fired pizza, bar­be­cue and desserts. Ket­tle corn will also be avail­able.

About six dif­fer­ent choirs and mu­si­cal groups will be en­ter­tain­ing. Some will be wear­ing Dick­ens’s era cos­tumes, chil­dren’s li­brar­ian Ellen Far­well said.

Over the years, the li­brary has re­ceived do­na­tions of nu­mer­ous minia­ture Christ­mas vil­lages that will be on dis­play along with all the Christ­mas trees the li­brary have re­ceived.

“It will just be Christ­mas all over,” Kin­sner said.

A spe­cial guest — Santa Claus — will be on hand for photo op­por­tu­ni­ties and to per­son­ally re­ceive Christ­mas lists.

Kin­sner and the rest of the li­brary staff plan to make Christ­mas at Dick­ens’s Place an an­nual event.

Lynn Atkins/The Weekly Vista

The Bella Vista Li­brary has re­ceived many pieces of lighted Christ­mas vil­lages that will be dis­played at its new Christ­mas event, "Christ­mas at Dick­ens Place."

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