Christmas fun in Douglas

Myrna Regan plays the Historic Douglas Church organ while Marla Madsen sings during the Douglas Community Historical Association Chili Feed and Song Fest Dec. 12. (Karen Larsen photo)

 

By Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

Despite a steady snow throughout the day and evening, a good group turned out for this year’s Douglas Community Historical Association Chili Feed and Song Fest at the Historic Douglas Church Dec. 12.

Association member Marilyn Gearhart said that the organizers were worried about attendance, but guests came despite the weather. “We thought there wouldn’t be anybody, then all of a sudden everybody came, and we had a great time,” Gearhart said.

The event began with chili, salads and desserts in the church basement. These were provided by association members, and as is usual, the buffet included many delicious home-baked items. Most years there is also a marshmallow roast outside, but the wind made that impossible this year.

Then guests made their way up the church steps to enjoy caroling in the refurbished sanctuary, decorated for the holidays. Part way through, it was time to sing “Here Comes Santa Claus” and Santa came in with stockings for the children. Children had the chance to tell Santa their Christmas wishes, and parents had lots of good photo opportunities.

Barbara Lowe, a resident of Douglas, comes to the event with her daughter, Jasmine, every year. “It’s one of the highlights of the season,” Lowe said.

Richard and Kathy Thew of Cove, Ore. came to Waterville for the weekend to spend time with their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Kathy Thew, who is a lifelong church singer, enjoyed the hymn time and especially Myrna Regan’s organ accompaniment. “I can’t believe how long Myrna can pump the organ,” Thew said. She added that she and Richard have been in Waterville for the event in other years as well and enjoy it a lot. “It’s a beautiful church and fun community time,” Thew said.

After being thanked for playing the organ, Regan said simply, “I have a whole lot of fun doing this.” As is true each year, her enjoyment was shared by the guests who joined in heartily in the evening’s sing-a-long.

 

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Richard Thew, Jennie Munson, Elsie Munson and Kathy Thew sing during the song fest. (Karen Larsen photo)

 

Karen Larsen photo Hana Hinderer tells Santa what she wants for Christmas.

Hana Hinderer tells Santa what she wants for Christmas. (Karen Larsen photo)

 

Karen Larsen photo Jasmine Lowe tells Santa what she wants for Christmas.

Jasmine Lowe tells Santa what she wants for Christmas. (Karen Larsen photo)

 

Karen Larsen Elsie Munson tells Santa what she wants for Christmas.

Elsie Munson tells Santa what she wants for Christmas. (Karen Larsen photo)