Is it Christmas enough yet?

Find the spirit in paper angels, purses and pies, revelers and fire pots.

"There will be an ALS bake sale, the Brave Community Theatre family play, 'Angels with Paper Wings,' purses and pies for sale, Root River Revelers, fire pots outside along with hot chocolate, Historical Society tea and house tours and the parade will be on Broadway as it has been in the past," said Rita Hartert, anticipating Brave Community Theatre's seventh annual Christmas on Historic Broadway, slated for Saturday, Dec. 8, in downtown Spring Valley, at the Spring Valley Community Center and throughout town.

She elaborated, "Supper with Santa will be in the Community Center. There are also events at Valley Christian Church. The times for all of these are listed on posters in the community and in the Tribune."

The event is sponsored by both the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce and Brave Community Theatre. "This year, we're working closely with the Spring Valley Historical Society," said Hartert, who commended the organizers of this year's festivities.

"We have quite a few volunteers who are helping plan and execute this event. Those Chamber members who are involved in this are the 'next generation' and have great ideas, enthusiasm, and are hard workers. I am so proud of these young people."

She added, "Many small communities have holiday festivities, but ours is different because we have the light parade, which is simply beautiful. We truly appreciate those who enter a parade unit. To me, the lights make a difference!

"We continue this each year because there is tremendous community support and turnout - even the school is involved - the Key Club, marching band and National Honor Society. The activities are free and family oriented. A wonderful way to start celebrating the holidays."

Even if the weather outside is frightful, there's a "blizzard date" set for Christmas on Historic Broadway. "It will be a nice day and evening, so we don't have to worry about subzero temps, much like our Thanksgiving Day was! However, Dec. 9, is our 'blizzard' date, but that is not the same as cold temps. Two years ago, we used our 'blizzard date,' and the event was still a big success the next day."

Hartert noted, "This is a great way for the chamber and Brave Community Theatre to show appreciation for the support the community has shown. Besides that, it's pure fun!"

Businesses, individuals and families are encouraged to participate in the parade. For those interested in having a parade float, contact Mark Marburger at 346-7646, or Rita Hartert at 346-7407.

Hartert concluded, "Everyone is invited and encouraged to come. Bring a friend, neighbor, or family, and come on down!"