A vintage Christmas in pioneer village
By Emma Palova
The holiday tradition of gathering in Fallasburg goes back many years.
“In general, rural communities like ours would get together in their respective versions of the schoolhouse to celebrate,” said Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS)president Ken Tamke.
In 2006, when Tamke took the helm, the FHS switched from having a catered wild game meal at the Fallass House to the new format at the schoolhouse for financial reasons.
“We lost money on the catered party,” he said.
I’ve been going to the Christmas party at the one room schoolhouse for a few years now. It is always a good time. Dottie makes the famous Christmas buffet and people bring dishes to pass.
Last year, somebody brought pickled asparagus. I am going to share Emma’s garden mix also known as gardiniera.
The buffet features excellent meatballs, grog and wine. Hawks & Owls play Christmas music for all. And a roaring bonfire caps off the evening.
“Our schoolhouse dressed for the holidays once again stands ready to welcome you,” said Tamke.
The Christmas party is scheduled for Dec. 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is always capped off by a roaring bonfire.
A $20 donation is requested from adults. Everyone is invited.
Come, cross the Fallasburg Covered Bridge into the past, present and future.
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“The party brings the immediate community, neighbors and friends to together which is what we are all about,” said Tamke.
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