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January 21, 2020

11/22/2019 10:37:00 AM
'Christmas Magic' highlights first weekend of season
Ho ho ho, it's magic.

Robinson will kick off the holiday season with the annual Christmas Magic Festival this weekend. A parade, ice skating and the arrival of Santa are all part of the fun.

Activities get underway at 4 p.m. Friday when food and craft booths and the portable ice skating rink open on the Crawford County Courthouse square. Ice skating, sponsored by the Robinson Elks, proved a popular part of the event last year and rink will be open until 9 p.m. Friday.

The rink will be open from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5:30 p.m. and after the parade Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Grinch and Princess Anna will be on hand during the Saturday morning session.

A Festival of Trees is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 510 S. Cross. It is sponsored by Rick Wilson and Rick McSchooler.

Also Friday, there will be a free children's beauty bar sponsored by Do or Dye Hair Salon on the east side of the square and train rides provided by Smith Farms. The train will stop at the Festival of Trees.

Santa will arrive on the square at 6 p.m. Friday. He will also have breakfast with children ages 10 and younger at Hardees from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday.

The annual Christmas Magic Parade steps off on South Cross at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Magic isn't the only holiday event this weekend.

The annual Palestine Preservation Projects Society Cookie Walk will be Saturday at the Fife Opera House. The event begins at 9 a.m. continues until noon or whenever the cookies are sold out.

Proceeds will be used to support the Fife Opera House and Harper House. A free-will donation of $6 per pound or more for cookies and pastries will be accepted.

Also Saturday, the Second Chance Ranch's Angel Fest will be from noon to 6 p.m. at the Crawford County House of Prayer. Participants are encouraged to create a life-size Angel display. Displays will be judged by donations from the public.

For more information an or entry form, contact Zina Lockhart at 618-554-0140 or

The Shop with a Biker auction and soup supper at Burke Reality and Auction, Stoy, begins at noon. All proceeds go to the Shop with a Biker program. Each child gets $200 and a biker to shop with. Monetary donations or items to be auctioned are accepted.

The Palestine Ministerial Association community Thanksgiving service is 7 p.m. Sunday at Palestine First United Methodist Church.

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