Christ­mas at Dick­ens Place a pre­mier event

The Weekly Vista - - Community - ROXIE WRIGHT MLIS, direc­tor, Bella Vista Pub­lic Li­brary Roxie Wright is direc­tor of the Bella Vista Pub­lic Li­brary. Opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the au­thor.

Can you be­lieve it is al­ready Christ­mas­time again? It seems as if we just cel­e­brated Christ­mas 2016, doesn’t it?

I am very ex­cited to tell you about a new Christ­mas event tak­ing place at the li­brary this year. The event is called, “Christ­mas at Dick­ens Place,” be­cause, well, it’s Christ­mas and our li­brary is lo­cated on Dick­ens Place. Com­ing up with a name for the event was the eas­i­est part of the plan­ning process.

My staff and I have been plan­ning this first an­nual event all year and we be­lieve it will be the pre­mier Christ­mas event in Bella Vista for years to come. Sit back and en­joy a cup of cof­fee while I tell you a lit­tle about it and, hope­fully, en­tice you to come.

For “Christ­mas at Dick­ens Place,” the li­brary will be decked out in all its Christ­mas fin­ery, com­plete with lots of lights and Christ­mas trees. There will be a mar­ket­place con­sist­ing of 25 ar­ti­sans in Northwest Arkansas, so it will be a great time to do a lit­tle Christ­mas shop­ping. We will also have sev­eral food ven­dors, so please plan to have your din­ner with us. Mu­si­cal groups will be per­form­ing won­der­ful Christ­mas carols to en­ter­tain you while you shop and dine.

What we have al­ways pre­dicted is fi­nally com­ing true. We will ac­tu­ally be hang­ing things from the ceil­ing at the li­brary. A very spe­cial part of the event will be the dis­play of beau­ti­ful Christ­mas vil­lages, which will be hang­ing from the ceil­ing as you walk into the li­brary. You will just have to see it to be­lieve how beau­ti­ful they are. We are sin­cerely grate­ful to all our won­der­ful pa­trons and friends who have do­nated their col­lec­tions for our dis­play. I truly be­lieve it will be breath­tak­ing.

And, be­fore I for­get to men­tion it, Santa Claus will be here to visit with all the lit­tle ones. He will have plenty of time to hear ex­actly what they want for Christ­mas and per­haps pose for a pic­ture with them. It is go­ing to be the per­fect photo op­por­tu­nity, so be sure to dress your lit­tle ones in their Christ­mas best.

In case you are con­cerned about the lo­gis­tics of the event, Bella Vista Bap­tist Church has gra­ciously agreed to let us use their park­ing lot. You can ei­ther walk down Dick­ens Place, or we will be pro­vid­ing trans­porta­tion to the li­brary. We will have heaters just in case you need to warm up a bit while you are en­joy­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties that are out­side.

“Christ­mas at Dick­ens Place” will take place Fri­day, Dec. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. The li­brary will be closed that day to get ready for the event. We hope you will join us in kick­ing off the Christ­mas sea­son in this fun, fes­tive way. We are look­ing for­ward to see­ing you at the li­brary!

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