Holiday Extravaganza slated at Hampton
The Holiday Extravaganza on Dec. 2 is ready to roll out the carpet on seasonal shopping, eating and festive frolicking as part of the Hampton Band Association's annual fundraiser. The event, which benefits bands at the elementary, middle and high school, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the high school.
“We are very excited to be hosting this event again this year and for many more years to come,” said Lisa Maier, who is on the advertising committee for this year's event.
The extravaganza will feature more than 100 vendors, some cash only, which should help with those tasked with gift buying. The event will also feature gift-wrapping volunteers which should help save a step during this busy time, said Maier. Note that gifters can bring already-purchased presents from home to wrap as well.
The event's popular cookie walk, which features homemade cookies sold by the pound, provides a large variety of tasty pastries for those looking to add onto their household dessert stash. Containers and gloves will be provided to cookie pickers at the event.
The Sundaes and Santa event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. requires a ticket, which costs $6 for a child to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and a special guest, enjoy a sundae with toppings, and make two holiday crafts.
Tickets for the kids sundae and craft area can be purchased in advance at Hamptonbandparents.com or at a first-come, first-serve basis at the event. And an adult ticket for a sundae costs $3 in advance and $4 at the door.
Maier said the Band's Dad Food cafe will be returning again with fathers of band members hosting a place for other hungry dads and their families. And a 50/50 raffle will also be featured.
Needless to say, a band fundraiser will have some holiday music including the eighth-grade band playing from 11 to 11:30 a.m., fifth-grade and eighth-grade band playing from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and the Hampton High School Wind Ensemble playing from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Maier said there will also be some Christmas caroling.
Chad Himmler, band director at the district, said the parents involved in the band association provide an incredible service to the program. He said the parent association assists the bands of the school district in many ways, including fundraisers like these for things not always covered by school budgets.
“These resources help the band program strive for greatness, instead of settling for goodness. There isn't a day that goes by that I am not very grateful for the support and friendships I have developed with the parents that are active participants inside of the HBA. Their involvement and service is never taken for granted,” said Himmler.
Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.