SANBORN – A small crew of “elves” has been busy decorating the community center for the second annual “Christmas at the Farm” – a free event planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday at the Sanborn-Lewiston Farm Museum.
The museum is located at 2660 Saunders Settlement Road.
“This event is really a thank-you to the community for supporting us through the year,” said Bonnie Haskell, one of the museum curators.
Children can expect a visit from Santa, and all children, ages 2 to 10, will receive a gift. They will also have a chance to make crafts and to frost cookies.
A new feature this year will be a train display, joining other holiday vintage displays, Haskell said.
“Everybody likes trains,” said Haskell. “There will be plenty of things to do and look at.”
The event is sponsored by the Sanborn Area Historical Society and Sanborn Business and Professional Association.
Haskell said workers have finished the new community center’s kitchen, and it’s “up and running now.”
Eager to show off their new kitchen, volunteers will sell food at this year’s event, centered around a children’s menu.
“We’ll sell hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, sloppy joes, bean soup, and we’ll have desserts,” Haskell said.
Volunteers also will offer free punch and homemade cookies.
Also, Hartland Carriage Rides will be offering tours of the grounds from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday only.
The Farm Museum, established in 1996, includes an artifact-filled barn, another building filled with displays of items from the area’s rich farming history, and the new community center, which seats 250 people.
All of the “Christmas at the Farm” activities will take place in the community center, as organizers said they don’t have enough volunteers to staff the other buildings that day, too.
“We have nine members out on sick leave, and that leaves a crew of about 14 of us to do everything, and we’re doing the best we can,” said Haskell. “We’re a skeletal crew. But we would love to be able to decorate for this event outside, too, maybe in the years to come.”
The group is always looking for new members. They meet at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month in the Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St.
The museum will close for the winter right after this event and reopen in April.