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Twenty-four life sized Santas, representing countries and regions from around the world, appear in a winter wonderland of lighted trees and festive holiday décor in downtown Great Bend. The exhibit, known as “Santas Around the World,” will be open to the public at 1223 Main Street, starting at approximately 6:30 p.m., following the Home For The Holiday Parade and the Mayor’s Christmas tree lighting in Jack Kilby Square. Sana Claus will also be available to visit with children.
Following Saturday’s events, the public can visit the international Santa display from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 1-6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. People can schedule appointments outside of those hours by calling Christina at the City of Great Bend (620) 793-4111. The Santa exhibit will be on display through Dec. 22. Santa Claus will be present at the location to visit with children during the same hours that the “Santas” exhibit is open to the public.
There is no charge to visit the exhibit, but a free will donation is suggested to provide funds to Rosewood Roots & Wings Foundation, as well as to provide a payment to Great Bend’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program for helping to man the booth through the season. Roots & Wings provides therapeutic, educational and recreational opportunities to people in need who have developmental disabilities.
The multi-cultural Santas are a collection that span five years of work and artistry by Great Bend artist Loretta Miller. The Santas have gained state and national recognition since their creation. Arts & Entertainment Network even featured Miller’s Santas in a 2003 holiday special, titled “Ultimate HolidayTown USA.”
For more information, contact Sue Cooper, Rosewood Roots & Wings Foundation, 620-796-2242, SueC@rosewoodservices.com
November 26, 2019
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of PR, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com