Mark your calendar.
Santa will be on the patio of 252 Center Street (think the Thrift-In) on Saturday, 15th of December from 11 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This will be the only day the reindeers will be joining Santa, as they will then be called in to work for the big trip around the world on Christmas Eve. Visit Lake Geneva is getting Santa for the rest of the month. Bridget is going to have a complete schedule of Santa’s visits in next week’s Geneva Shore Report issue.
November 22nd is Thanksgiving Thursday this year. This wonderful day is a time to enjoy one another and, if luck holds, most will do so with a happy, great day full of family, friends, and food. If you know someone who is alone, or a family who cannot provide a meal for themselves, there are wonderful people who come together every year to share their gratitude.
The People of St. Johns Church and Holy Communion Church serve a free traditional Thanksgiving meal to anyone in need or anyone who wants to celebrate the holiday with great people. The dinner will be at Saint John the Divine Church on Chandler Boulevard in Burlington from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.
The Friends of the Parks in Delavan also provides a complimentary Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings at the community building in Delavan, on the corner of Highway 50 and South Shore Drive, from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. in the afternoon. Friends of the Parks invites everyone to come and celebrate as a community. No one should go without, or be alone on this holiday. The holidays should be a time of love, warmth, sharing, and gratitude. The Geneva Shore Report is grateful for this wonderful collection of communities and all the great friends and family that read and watch the newspaper’s articles and presentations.
The Geneva Shore Report staff: Jim, Sally, Lisa, Dawn, Vida, Ski, Jen, Terry, Chuck, Brody, and Mary Jo, wish everyone a safe and happy holiday this Thanksgiving Day, and the days of celebration that follow.
Shop Small some more. ‘Small Business Saturday’.
Many stores participate, but not all. Some small businesses do not want the designation because to get that designation from American Express the business has to take the AmEx card, and also adhere to certain discounts required to be part of the program. By the way, you don’t have to have an Amex card or use it to shop, at any of the shop small participants. Think of shop small as a continuation of Black Friday, sort of. Bridget, the wonderfully brilliant leader of the Business Improvement District for Lake Geneva, has tons of bags, pins and everything else that is about the entire shop small program. And it’s all free. Stop in at the old 9 West building front, located at 875 West Main Street (the temporary home of Visit Lake Geneva) to meet her and pick up some pretty neat stuff.
This event is always the Friday after Thanksgiving and the dawn before Shop Small Business Saturday. Black Friday kicks off the Christmas Season and generates about 30% of all retail sales between Thanksgiving and Christmas with one of a kind, unbelievable ‘for a limited time only deals, that have determined customers camping outside in below zero temperatures just to get a popular item, and save a few dollars. Making it more convenient for shoppers this year, but adding to the confusion, businesses are offering a few more options for shoppers who purchase online, like; no shipping fees, no return fees, or they can order online and have the item delivered to their car in the parking lot, free curbside pick-up, or pick it up in the store free of charge. However, merchants prefer and feel the most profitable transaction for retailers, is when purchases are made the traditional way, by shopping in the stores. Aside from the billions of dollars that will be spent, many have turned the chaos, into a positive traditional shopping experience to be enjoyed with friends or family.