Thursday, November 20, 2014
By Bev Pechan
Old Keystone in wintertime with a fresh blanket of snow very much resembles scenes from an old Currier and Ives Christmas card. From the bell tower of its old school to the stained glass windows of the congregational – or UCC – church, both dating to the 1890s, the look is peaceful and homey.
That is the effect the Holy Terror Days Association has created in the seven years of the event’s existence. Monies received through table rentals and other items provided are used to give back to the community in charitable ways over the next year and have included helping some residents pay heating or food costs, providing gift certificates and generally helping Keystone families where there is a need.
In the meantime, even though there is a lot of work to be done, the group has fun. Christmas trees are donated or sold for a minimal cost through the generosity of area thrift stores. These in turn can be selected by local merchants or individuals who decorate them and donate them to the silent auction, held throughout the day. It has been a primary fundraiser for the group’s efforts and often has resulted in good-natured bidding wars between two or more parties, adding to the spirit of the festivities. Besides individuals and families who set up booths, some commercial venues are also represented, as are local organizations, such as the Keystone Senior Citizens’ Center. This year, the center decided to add a new twist to their bake sale. Center manager Karen Root spent hours baking her treats, as did other center members, deciding for the first time to sell the sweets by the pound by mix-and-match choice. The center also raffled off a Raggedy Ann and Andy gift basket and a basket of packaged food products.
The two Pattys – Cofoid and Songstad – provided an interesting array of handmade quilts and baby items and vintage gift items and handbags. Tom Dakota of Custer had handmade jewelry from native stones and some antique items. You could book a candle party or check out the other booths with candles and scents while listening to traditional Christmas songs. Hot, homemade food was popular as the cold nipped noses outside.
This week, Saturday, Nov. 22, Keystone’s community center will be the location of the annual Turkey Bingo and Potluck at 4 p.m.