Christmas in Victoria

Editor Sue

Joe Egan, a resident of Plymouth and a close personal friend of Santa Claus, arrived in Victoria this year, but not for the first time.  Randy Miller (on the right) reported that Joe often rides a motorcycle and visits Floyd’s in Victoria.  On the side he works free for nonprofits and veterans.  Thank you, Santa.

Scott Knight, who is a member of the Carver County Mounted Posse, brought his horse and buggy to Victoria and gave nonstop rides all evening and into the dark of night.  “We are the only community that consistently reaches out to the Mounted Posse, and they always come, and it’s all voluntary,” said Randy Miller, who is active in the community as President of the Victoria Business Association.

This is the first real, planted, official Christmas tree for Victoria.  Prior lightings and ceremonies involved trees hauled in, propped up, lit up, and then later hauled to the dump.  Hartman Brothers donated the tree, the moving, and the transplanting.

This is the first year Victoria had blue snowflakes mounted on each of the city street lights.  The City of Victoria purchased the metal-framed snowflakes from the City of Big Fork.  Then Trevor Latzke, a Victoria public works employee, put lights on all 23 snowflakes.

The perspective from Bayfront Park, that’s Vic’s Bar and Grill and the Victoria House.

Jason Hukriede was one of the Victoria firefighters on scene with a firetruck.  As Randy Miller stated, “What kid doesn’t like a fire truck!”

The balmy afternoon and evening (it was Saturday, December 5th) helped bring over 600 people to the Victoria Library for the “Christmas in Victoria” event.

A firepit was blazing outdoors near the Christmas tree, and a fire was roaring (silently) in the Library.  Kathy Bognanni was one of the librarians on hand to welcome visitors.

Nancy Vogt promoted membership in Friends of the Library.  Victoria has 50 members.

The Library was prepared with crafts for children and Snowman Gift Bags.  Youth Services Librarian Jodi Edstrom did a winter storytime for children.

Max the Saint Bernard was on hand to greet families at “Christmas in Victoria.”

Santa spent time inside City Hall, getting children’s wish list, then stepped outside for a while.

Hello once again to Randy Miller and also Caroll Anne and husband Steve Jesberg of Minnetonka.