Last Saturday, December 15th, my entire family enjoyed a great Christmas party at Schroeder Sod Farm. All of us that attended - approximately 400 people - were treated to a party where everyone felt welcome. There were hundreds of smiles to go around and there was so much to see. I know my family enjoyed the multitudes of decorations that included Santa Claus, a polar bear, trains, seasonal wishes of Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, a brightly lit horse and carriage and many other visual signs of the season. Every kid that sat on Santa's lap was so happy to tell him what they wanted and Mrs. Claus was there to smile and add even more joy to the occasion. Parents were able to take their own pictures or they could get a disk with multiple pictures. Everyone enjoyed hot chocolate, cup cakes and cookies. The two jump houses were busy the entire time.
You ask, what is the cost to attend this gala affair? The cost is a bag of canned goods for the local pantry. When I handed my bag to the people in the back of the truck, it was quickly getting filled.
The evening ended with a beautiful fireworks display that young, middle aged and older people all enjoyed. My mother loved it and all I heard through the entire dispay were ooohhhs and aaaahhhs!
I wish more county representatives had been present, they were all invited, Democrats and Republicans. For those that did attend - Don Bickowski and Charlie Groeteke included, they were able to meet and talk with not only their own constituents, but constituents from all over the county (where was the new 4th District County Councilman, George Engelbach?). If I were an elected representative, I would think 400 county-wide constituents at one event was a big deal. Oh well, maybe next time!
For myself, I want to offer my thanks to Gil and Linda for offering their home for the past five years to the county for not only a special Christmas celebration for everyone, but also for your generosity in giving back to the community in such a generous way.