Warm Heart and Holiday Spirit: Fortville Winter Festival 2013
Post Note: We at Fortville Mama are thrilled have a guest post from the one and only Kara Fleck! Such a talented writer, a wonderful friend and best of all a fellow Fortvillian. A big thank-you to Kara for sharing her family's Fortville Winter Festival experience with us! Take it over Kara.
My family and I have called Fortville home for almost ten years now. This beautiful, friendly town is a pretty special place, and I rarely miss a chance to brag about all of the wonderful things Fortville has to offer to families.
As a family, one of the holiday traditions we've come to look forward to is the Fortville Winter Festival. Hosted by Fortville Action, Inc., this festival is held downtown and is a delightful way to kick off the holiday season!
This year temperatures dipped low, but even freezing temps couldn’t hide the warm hearts and holiday spirit of our town.
We bundled up in our Winter layers and headed to Main Street to enjoy carols and the parade, popping in to Indulge and Java Junction from time to time to fill up with treats and visit the crafters’ booths at the Christmas Market.
Proving that she is braver than her mama, my oldest daughter Jillian conquered the zip line, all smiles and thumbs up - a memory I’m sure she’ll carry with her for a long, long time.
One of my very favorite things about Winter Festival is how the merchants decorate, showing off window displays and decor in all of their merry and bright finery.
If you find yourself downtown during the holiday season, and I really hope you do, make sure to take in the cozy sights in the windows of Fortville’s businesses but step inside, too, so you can fully appreciate the holly and the ivy and just how far the holiday spirit goes.
Mother Nature threw a few loops in original plans, but our small town rose to the occasion. From princesses to horses to dogs to, my son’s favorite, a cement mixer, and of course our favorite pink pachyderm all decked out for the holiday season, cold fingers and toes were soon forgotten as Fortville put on a parade that was festive, sentimental, and personal to the town.
My kids are very shy around Santa, but there was awe and wonder on their faces when the jolly gentleman made his parade appearance.
Giving those kind of childhood memories to our kids is one of this mama’s favorite things about this time of year. A little holiday spirit is good for the young and the young at heart.
In the evening, listening to the carolers, strolling down Main Street taking in the lights and the shop displays, it hit me how very lucky we are to live in a town that places so much value on community.
As I heard someone else say earlier that day when asked why Fortville holds this event, “it is just a nice way to open up the town and welcome our friends and neighbors.”
I can’t think of a better way to say Merry Christmas.
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