Let it snow


Because we’re ready.

Of course, if you’re familiar with us you know we’re always ready to celebrate each season. Winter is no different, and we are about to ring her in.

Saturday marks the annual Christmas in St. Maries celebration. The day-long event celebrates small-town merriment with horse-drawn wagon rides, open fire pits along Main Avenue, a multitude of Christmas-themed contests and shopping.

Annie Fredericks, Sue Shoemaker, Kristina Mills and Shirley Ackerman have helped organize this year's Christmas in St. Maries celebration. The annual celebration is Saturday. Events are planned throughout the day and will culminate with the Lighted Christmas Parade at 5 p.m.

Christmas in St. Maries Schedule of Events

 12:45 p.m.

Santa’s arrival on Main Ave.

1 – 4 p.m.

Horse-drawn wagon rides

Professional photos with Santa and Timber Country

Letters to Santa at The Paperhouse

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Contest (register at Chamber’s table)

1 – 5 p.m.

Stroll onMain

4 p.m.

Line up at Jack’s Pharmacy for Lighted Christmas Parade

Entries for Dashing for Dough contest must be submitted to Chamber’s table

5 p.m.

Dashing for Dough drawing

Lighted Christmas Parade (travels from Jack’s downMain Ave)

All day

Craft fairs at Eagles Lodge, Grub Box and Four Seasons Realty

Fire and wine tasting and Origami Owl open house at BrickWall


Annual BetterCARE Fundraiser Sunday

The Christmas spriit carries over into Sunday and well into next week as the celebrating continues. The annual BetterCARE fundraiser will open with a social hour at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium of the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene. The semi-formal dinner, catered by Darcie Humphrey, and program, performed by students from Inspirations School of Dance, will follow at 3 p.m.

Portions of "The Nutcracker" ballet will be presented at BetterCARE's annual Christmas Gala this year, Dec. 8, by students at Inspirations School of Dance. Here, Taylor Humphrey and Nancy Becktel are pictured with Scrubbie, the BetterCARE bear.

The dancers will perform portions of the Nutcracker ballet as the entertainment for this year’s fundraiser organized by BetterCARE, a nonprofit foundation that supports projects at Benewah Community Hospital. Since its inception in 1987, the group has raised more than $375,000 for hospital improvements and projects. The gala is the group’s largest annual fundraiser. Last year the event netted about $12,500.

Tickets cost $25 and area available from any BetterCARE member or at the hospital lobby.


Community dinner Monday

Twenty-four turkeys and 70 pies will feed the St. Maries community this year at the annual Christmas dinner, which is organized by theNazareneChurch.

This year’s dinner is from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge Monday, Dec. 9.

Holly Holly, Jamie Spooner, Sue McDonald and Becky Luther, along with Michelle McDaniel (not pictued) are organizing this year's Community Christmas Dinner, which is done by the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene. The dinner is Monday, Dec. 9.

One hundred and six volunteers make the effort possible. Five ladies – Jamie Spooner, Holly Holly, Michelle McDaniel, Sue McDonnell and Becky Luther – comprise this year’s committee. Each has helped with the effort in some small way before deciding to be a part of the committee.

Although deliveries are not available, to-go boxes are for those who are not able to sit down and eat Monday night.

For more information, call the church at 245-4594.

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