It’s that time of the year again. ‘Tis the Season. It’s Christmas time, and, boy, do the folks in Lakeview and the Lakeview Business Group know how to put on an event when it comes to Christmas! They’ve done a fantastic job for the last 12 years and this year will be even bigger and better. The kids are gonna love it.
This year’s theme is “Rudolph & the Village of Misfit Toys.” The line-up of events and activities is staggering. Festivities start at 10am and run until1pm, so be sure get there early so your kids don’t miss out on any of the planned events, activities and fun.
The extravaganza kicks off with Breakfast with Santa, followed by pictures with Santa.
There will also be a parade, a favorite for many every year.
Don’t miss out on the tree lighting and there’s a fun Scavenger Hunt for the kids. There will even be a winter hayride and Carolers singing also, how cool is that?
If that’s not enough there will be many prizes and raffle baskets offered, including bikes, TVs, tablets, games and much more.
And finally, the big feature of the annual event is Santa’s Workshop. So head over with the kids this Saturday December 1, to downtown Lakeview and enjoy one of the best small-town Christmas festivals you’ll find anywhere.
History of Lakeview Santa’s Workshop
Santa’s Workshop was started in 2010 by Sylvia Wroten and Terri Lamb, both of Indian Lake. The Lakeview Business Group was looking for a way to bring more people to their annual Christmas celebration.
Sylvia remembered how her late son, J.R. Lamb, would get so excited at Christmas when he got to buy the family presents when he was younger. She wanted to bring the joy of Christmas back and pay that feeling forward.
Stephanie Lamb, who is the teen librarian and daughter-in-law to Sylvia, came up with the idea to incorporate reading to help with those who could not afford to buy gifts. Plus, very few people knew there was a library located in Lakeview. It was a win-win situation when more kids started reading at school and the library.
With the help of the community and local businesses Santa’s Workshop has grown every year. In 2017 over 325 kids were able to use Santa Bucks or cash to purchase over 1700 gifts. Santa Bucks are earned by reading books either through the Indian Lake Elementary School or the the Lakeview Library. Gifts are also available to purchase for just $2.00 a gift.
J.R. Lamb passed away at age 19 in a car accident. Christmas after that was never the same for Sylvia, that is, until Santa’s workshop. She was able to feel the joy of Christmas and looked forward to seeing the kids every year. She would play Mrs. Claus for the kids and enjoyed hearing the stories. The kids would ask why Santa was so large and she was so skinny, she told them Santa ate all the cookies. The next year the kids brought her cookies.
Sylvia passed away in 2014 and since her passing Terri Lamb, her daughter, has continued the tradition and it has grown every year since. Santa’s Workshop is being carried on in her mom Sylvia’s memory. It has taken the whole community to make Santa’s workshop a success. The library and ILES (Teachers), the Northside Outreach Center program, the IL key club, and the builders club have all helped. Local businesses have given generous donations as well as all the individuals and families that have helped through the years.
The “Young At Heart” has hosted Santa’s Workshop for several years. This year’s Santa’s Workshop is Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you would like to help or donate, please contact Terri Lamb at All Around Accounting, 937-843-3140.
Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.