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Independence Christmas Walk – December 4th 2010 6-9pm

   Here is a rundown of the events taking place for the Independence Christmas Walk:
Century 21
   CENTURY 21 is excited to once again participate in the Independence Christmas Walk event. Bonnie Garner of Century 21 will be making plenty of her famous Gingerbread Men as well as her other specialty cookies. The agents and staff welcome you to stop by and pick up some of the Secret Recipe Reindeer  Food. The Century 21 conference rooms will also host the Independence Business Association model railroad display. This interactive railroad will be an opportunity for kids, young and old, to participate in an exciting holiday tradition. In the other conference room, kids will have an opportunity to meet with, and participate in some good old fashioned story telling from local children’s book author Judy Spegal. Judy will be story telling from her newly released “There’s No Place Like Home” in her Fancy Dog Story Series.
Cutter’s Depot
     Cutter’s Depot welcomes all ot their Open House  during the Christmas Walk. Stop by to see the newly renovated shop and enjoy some holiday goodies!
One-Eleven Office Bldg 1
      Personal Chef, Ann Bertram will be demonstrating knife skills to help make your holiday food preparation work a breeze. Join us on the second floor of 5290 Madison Pike for a demonstration at 6:30, 7:30 or 8:30pm. While attending  the demonstration, you can warm up with a sample of Ann’s delicious home-made  soups. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t miss out!
     Also, The Cake Pop Girls, who are providing samples of their yummy treats and taking your orders for the holidays. Try some of their unique and tasty cake pops!!
One-Eleven Office Bldg 2
     Life’s Eyes Media, LLC, located @ 5294 Madison Pike  is giving away a $100 gift card. All you have to do is show up during the Christmas Walk, tell us your best Christmas story or Memory on camera, and then get all of your friends and family to vote for your video. The person with the most votes wins. Good luck and we look forward to meeting you at the Christmas Walk. If you just want to vote… log onto www.LifesEyesMedia.com  on December 6th and start voting.
Flanigan Bldg
     The Little Red School House along with Independence Family Dentistry will be hosting a festive cookie decorating station! Bring your sweet tooth and decorate a delicious sugar cookie! When you are finished, It’s yours to enjoy! If cookies aren’t your thing, come and sing Christmas Karoake! Young and old alike can partake in singing our favorite Christmas Carols!
Hay Wagon Rides
     Supplied by our friends at Daniel’s Petting Farm, free hay wagon rides will be available from Independence Christian Church down to St. Cecilia. Sit back, enjoy the ride and leave the driving to the great folks from the local FFA Alumni group!
Costumed Characters
     Keep an eye peeled for a few costumed crazies roaming arond the Courthouse Square area. Buddy the Elf, Gingy, the gingerbread man from Shrek, and the big, Snappy Tomato Mascot will be wansering the streets, making you smile and posing for pictures with the kids and their families.
Fire Barrels
    There will be wood-burning fire barrels sprinkled along the entire route of the Christmas Walk event for folks to stop by and warm up. Many thanks to local Boy Scout Troop 8 for volunteering their time to tend the barrels and keep us all warm!
Event Benches
     Thanks to Steve Nienaber and his company, www.OutdoorEventSeating.com, for donating the use  of the park benches during this year’s Christmas Walk event.
Snow-Making
     Weather permitting, Steve Nienaber and www.KoldBreeze.com water-misting fans will be making snow!!!
Shuttle Bus Info
     Shuttle buses (provided by Community Family Church and Hickory Grove Baptist Church) will be in service during the Christmas Walk to transport patrons between the downtown and Towne Centre areas. The buses will only pick up and let off passengers at the scheduled bus stop locations. Patrons assume any and all risk associated when using this transportation.
Northern Route & Stops: Independence Christian Church > St. Cecilia > Independence Senior Center
Southern Route & Stops: Independence Senior Center > Front  of the Courthouse > Independence Christian Church
Please be safe and do not attempt to flag down or cross into vehicle traffic  to catch a shuttle bus.
Hay Wagon Rides
    Free hay wagon rides will be available to patrons in the Courthouse Square area. Two wagons, donated by Daniel’s Petting Farm will be in constant use, pulled by tractors driven by members of the local FFA Alumni group. There will be attendants helping patrons get on and off the wagons, which have easy-to-use steps built into them.
    The wagons’ pickup and dropoff locations will be the parking lot at St. Cecilia and in front  of the Courthouse. Riders are expected to conduct themselves properly and not attempt to jump on or off the wagon while in motion. Drivers are instructed to only drop off and pick up patrons at the scheduled stops. Riders assume any and all risk for using this transportation.
In Summary
     The Independence Christmas Walk began in 1997 with many business owners opening their doors to welcome local residents and help spread some holiday cheer. When the event relocated to the newer municipal buildings near the Independence Towne Center for many logistical reasons in 2007, many of the downtown businesses and residents were disappointed and hoped it would one day return. On Saturday, December 4th, that day will have arrived.
     Members of the Independence Business Association (IBA) and other downtown business owners, in cooperation with city leaders, are presenting a largely-expanded Independence Christmas Walk this year with many family-themed attractions and venues located in the Courthouse Square area. In addition to your annual favorites at the Towne Center, a multitude of holiday-themed attractions will be held downtown during the event from 6-9pm. IBA members have been furiously working the last few months to return the event to its roots and create a great, old-fashioned Christmas atmosphere in the historic area of Independence. Continuing with the tradition of the Christmas Walk, the event is free to attend. Shuttle buses will be operating to transport patrons between the Towne Center locations and the Courhouse Square, so families can park where they like and still be able to see all of the venues. Hay wagon rides will be available downtown as well.
    The event will kick-off with a tree-lighting ceremony on the front lawn of the Kenton County Courthouse at 5:45pm with the local servicemen scheduled to be a part of it. When the tree is lit, the holiday fun will begin! Locations with the attractions have gone from the five, municipal buildings to over two dozen holiday-themed activities! There will be various door prizes at multiple venues, including a drawing for a laptop computer for patrons who visit a majority of the attractions. Free holiday treats and refreshments will be available at most locations and fire barrels will be sprinkled along the route to help patrons stay warm. If it is cold enough and Jack Frost won’t cooperate, we may even be making our own snow! 

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