ShareThis Page

Holiday Extravaganza slated at Hampton

| Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

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 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.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me