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Quality Time with Santa in Siouxland, Akron

15 Dec

A Santa looks surprised looking over a fence during a community Christmas celebration in Akron, Iowa Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Spending a little time with Old Saint Nick is every child’s hope come this time of year, for those cultures that embrace Christmas that is. Even in Siouxland a child’s expectation can be pretty palpable when the jolly elf appears on the scene.

Santa and Mrs Claus make an entrance for a community Christmas celebration in Akron, Iowa Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Santa lights the town’s tree during a community Christmas celebration in Akron, Iowa Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

In Akron Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in style on a fire truck and then light the town’s Christmas tree, as the little waifs follow along behind waiting for a chance to speak to the man that they hope will provide something of wonder under their own Christmas tree.

Mrs. Claus talks with some young elves prior to them seeing Santa during a community Christmas celebration in Akron, Iowa Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

A parents enjoy the few moments Santa spends with their child, making a few snapshots to memorialize this year’s moment and also show life’s progression as their children grow. Maybe becoming a little wiser about Santa but never losing that Christmas spirit. Although for some children, the jolly elf takes a bit of getting use to.

A mom takes a photograph of her daughter talking with Santa during a meet and greet at a community Christmas celebration in Akron, Iowa Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Santa Claus feels a little empathy for a youngster not sharing in the Christmas spirit during a photo session at the town library during a community Christmas celebration in Akron, Iowa Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Area businesses also provide snacks and hot chocolate to residents and visitors alike as well as providing some musical entertainment. I never tire of the holiday itself. The commercialization, yes, but not the spirit of the holiday and the hope of a new and beginning in a not to distant new year. People tend to be a little more forgiving and generous this time of year which gives hope for next year.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Carolers sing outside in the downtown area during a community Christmas celebration in Akron, Iowa Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

A Christmas tree made of lights in a window of a downtown business for Christmas in Akron, Iowa Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Dressed for holiday, downtown is lit with Christmas tree decorations for a community Christmas celebration in Akron, Iowa Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. The community has a little over 1,400 residents. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Siouxland’s greener pastures, organically speaking, Eden Valley Apple Orchard

10 Oct

This past weekend I drove north in Siouxland into South Dakota just across the border from Iowa. This part of South Dakota is still considered part of of Siouxland. A friend had told me about an organic apple farm, the Eden Valley Apple Orchard and Farm.

It was nestled back into the countryside among rolling cornfields yet to be harvested. The orchard/farm offers 18 different varietals of apples. Most good for just eating or baking, and some just for baking. Red delicious, Honeygold, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Wolf River, Sweet Sixteen, Haralreds, Haralsons, Connel reds, Northwest Greenings, Cortlands and Firesides to name a few. You could take those already picked, or walk the acreage and pick your own. I believe they said the apple orchard covered 28 acres. A nice autumn day, apples to eat on the way back, not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland Scenics, Plymouth County

15 Jul

So the title of this blog, Lost in Siouxland, is actually a play on words, except when you have a “bad” address or no county road map to help you out. This past weekend I was looking for the Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve which is located in Plymouth County, south of Westfield, Iowa. The address listed on some information forwarded to me was 26764 Highway 12, which would have been okay, except the address actually was in the 24000 block of Highway 12. I drove out north of Sioux City,  but stopped short of finding my destination and drove around some of the county’s back roads I had previously been on when I was previously lost, in Siouxland. But not to lose face, I stopped and made some exposures of a couple of scenes in the county, and then came across a couple of whom I asked directions. They had never heard of the 3300 acre preserve I was talking about, but did know where the buffalo that roam the preserve were at. So I eventually found my destination and attended the 20th anniversary of the preserve’s beginning. In the meantime, while I finish up that project, a couple of the scenics I found while driving lost in Siouxland.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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