Miracle on Bridge Street
Manawa community celebrates holidays
By Holly Neumann
Plans are underway for the second annual Miracle on Bridge Street slated from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in downtown Manawa.
The event is organized by area businesses, volunteers, Manawa Lions and the Manawa Chamber of Commerce.
“The holiday season is about spending time together,” Jamie Lane said. “It’s about sharing everyday miracles with family and friends in this Hallmark like event.”
According to Lane, Miracle on Bridge Street is an event unique to Manawa.
“Many towns conduct holiday parades, but Miracle on Bridge Street takes the idea one step further by incorporating multiple activities and making it a day that visitors can enjoy the area for all it has to offer,” she said. “It is a way to promote family participation and encourage visitors to spend a day in Manawa. The culture of the event will lift spirits and encourage love, peace and joy during a time which can prove to be difficult for many.”
This an opportunity for families to visit Manawa and participate in crafts, activities, food and a parade.
Most activities, such as cookies and crafts, visits with Santa, Story Time with Mrs. Claus, a live nativity scene, gingerbread houses and more, are free of charge.
Trolley rides will be available all day, and Horse and Buggy rides from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Activities that have a fee associated with them include Breakfast with the Grinch, a Princess Tea Party, Wreath Decorating and Disco Elf Bowling.
There is a $40 fee for the Princess Tea Party and reservations are required.
Those who are interested may call 920-596-2887 or 920-596-1601 to reserve a spot.
“Princesses get their hair and nails done by either Bridge Street Salon or Union Studio, then go to the Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast for an old fashioned tea party complete with real china and finger foods,” said Lane. “Refreshments are provided for parents as well.”
Breakfast with the Grinch will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the Manawa Masonic Center, located at 520 N. Bridge St.
Reservations may be made by calling Brenda Vander Zanden at 920-427-6814.
The cost of this event is $5 for children ages 10 and under and $8 for 11 and up.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Wreath decorating at the Flower Pot will have a $40 fee, and reservations may be made by calling 920-596-3090.
The day will conclude with a holiday parade at 5 p.m.
Participants may register for a float on the Miracle on Bridge Street Facebook page, or contact Vander Zanden at 920-427-6814.
A Lights of Love ceremony will take place after the parade at Triangle Park.
People may get an ornament in honor of or in memory of a loved one by contacting the Manawa Chamber of Commerce.
Food will be available for purchase at several locations in the community.
Free tote bags are provided by First State Bank and will be available at downtown locations on the day of the event.
People are encouraged to follow Facebook for more information.