Dow House

Pictured above is the Dow House decorated for Christmas in 2012.

Dow City’s 10th annual “Hometown Christmas” begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Dow House Vendor Fair.

Nine vendors, all from the Dow City area, will be set up in the rooms of the Dow House, which has been decorated for the holiday season.

The vendors will be selling baked goods, handmade crafts, wreaths, Scentsy (scented candle) products, clothing items, Mary Kay, Le-Vel (health and wellness) items, vintage Christmas products and other items.

The committee in charge of the Dow City sesquicentennial, which is next summer, will be on hand to sell memorabilia.

Prints of a Dow City painting by artist J.D. Speltz will be for sale, along with Dow City t-shirts, mugs and other items.

Attending the vendor fair is free and visitors may go on self-guided tours of the Dow House during the event.

“There will be enough of us on hand who know about the Dow House to answer any questions,” said Jodi Head, secretary/treasurer of the Dow House Board of Directors.

Carolers from Dow City United Methodist Church will sing at the Dow House at 1 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for maintenance of the house.

A project to renovate the upper deck of the house was completed this year at a cost of about $15,000. The upper deck had not been safe for use by more than two people at a time, Head said.

Now whole wedding parties and other groups can use the upper deck.

“It has been paid for but now we need to replenish funds,” she said.

The Dow House board puts on regular fundraisers for the maintenance work, which is continual.

“We do want to have some landscaping done this spring to have it look great for Dow City’s 150th,” Head said. “We have quite a bit of work to do. It all just takes time and funding.”

The vendor fair runs from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Other activities in Dow City for Hometown Christmas on Saturday are:

10 a.m. - kids’ shopping in the Community Building

1 p.m. - sign-up for the beard contest

2 to 4 p.m. - quilt show in City Hall

2 to 4 p.m. - kids’ arts and crafts in the Dow City Fire Hall

3 to 4:30 p.m. - kids’ games and cookie decorating in the City Maintenance Building

3 p.m. - cookie walk and hot chocolate bar in the Community Building

4 p.m. - Santa visit in the Community Building

4 to 6 p.m. - soup and sandwiches in the Community Building

6 p.m. - Christmas parade on Main Street

7 p.m. - Un-Uttered, a four act play at the Dow City School

8 p.m. - Sunday, December 9, Un-Uttered play at the Dow City School

“We’re going to pray for good weather,” Head said.

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