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Strolling Through the Lights in Siouxland, Pioneer Village in Le Mars

4 Jan

I always enjoy strolling through the Pioneer Village at the Plymouth County fairgrounds during the Christmas holidays. It looks so much different than when seen during the county fair in the summer. Christmas lights and families walking about, even on cold or chilly nights looking at Christmas displays and visiting Santa before the big day.

Christmas lights light up Pioneer Village at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Christmas lights light up Pioneer Village at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Near the village is a round barn that is set up to display Christmas scenes and gives the chance for children of all ages to enjoy a remembrance from childhood or to make memories that will will carry into adulthood. Even when it is cold it’s hard not to linger and enjoy.

The entrance to the round barn near the Pioneer Village at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Christmas villages on display at the Pioneer Village on the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Santa finds his way in the dark in a display at the round barn at the Pioneer Village on the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Near the village is another building with donated decorated Christmas trees where people can enjoy someone’s handiwork in creating such a delight which one can put in a silent auction bid while music plays in the background and local 4-H clubs pass out cookies and hot chocolate or coffee. Sugar rushes are always a nice side benefit to enjoying someone’s decorating attempts and the chance to savor the Christmas holiday for another day or so until next year.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Christmas trees on display near the Pioneer Village at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Christmas trees on display the Pioneer Village at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Seeing the Sparkle in Siouxland, Old Market, Omaha, NE

29 Dec

Christmas lights can be seen shining in the distance in Old Market in Omaha, NE Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I always enjoy seeing Christmas lights shining at night during the winter holiday season finding it makes life a little bit cheerier on those too early dark nights. Even with freezing or below freezing temperatures I force myself out to take a look.

Christmas lights in Old Market in Omaha, NE Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Christmas lights in Old Market in Omaha, NE Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

In the Old Market in Omaha, NE the streets are lined with lights on trees, store fronts and even carriages that will take customers meandering through the brick streets and with eyes closed harken back to an earlier era.

Christmas lights in Old Market in Omaha, NE Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Christmas lights in Old Market in Omaha, NE Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

With the recent above normal temperatures it was much more enjoyable to get out and stroll, enjoy the lights and dinner without sloshing through slush or snow while doing so. The lights and festive feel in the air will most likely be short-lived, which is sad, because the feeling of joy should last throughout the year giving people hope and faith that the world is a much better place than what so many people try to prove otherwise.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Christmas lights in Old Market in Omaha, NE Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

The Festival of Trees in Siouxland, Sioux City

13 Dec

a the Sioux City Lighted Parade and events in Ho Chunk Center Monday evening, in downtown Sioux City, IowaNov. 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The holiday season in Siouxland and other places provide a time to take stock of one’s place in life and current events and give some thanks for a good year and any kinds of blessings that occur. Most communities have various fund raisers taking place for various reasons throughout the year. During the Christmas holiday season organizations ask folk to decorate trees which are then auctioned and the proceeds go to one or more deserving, although all are, organizations locally which benefit from people bidding and those folk get a nicely decorated tree to see them through the holiday.

a the Sioux City Lighted Parade and events in Ho Chunk Center Monday evening, in downtown Sioux City, IowaNov. 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

a the Sioux City Lighted Parade and events in Ho Chunk Center Monday evening, in downtown Sioux City, IowaNov. 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Locally one such event occurs after a Lighted Parade and people can then go inside, warm up and see the creative decorations individuals and groups have used in decorating a tree. All the while a local dance company’s young “stars” perform and it makes a delightful evening of sharing and hopefully getting people into that Christmas spirit and again, giving one pause and a time to reflect and be grateful for all favors, large and small.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

a the Sioux City Lighted Parade and events in Ho Chunk Center Monday evening, in downtown Sioux City, IowaNov. 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

a the Sioux City Lighted Parade and events in Ho Chunk Center Monday evening, in downtown Sioux City, IowaNov. 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

a the Sioux City Lighted Parade and events in Ho Chunk Center Monday evening, in downtown Sioux City, IowaNov. 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

a the Sioux City Lighted Parade and events in Ho Chunk Center Monday evening, in downtown Sioux City, IowaNov. 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A Lighted Parade in Siouxland, Sioux City

7 Dec

a the Sioux City Lighted Parade and events in Ho Chunk Center Monday evening, in downtown Sioux City, IowaNov. 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The Christmas holiday festivities have begun with many Siouxland communities. Lighted Parades, decorations and a feeling of Christmas cheer. While Christmas certainly is a commercial venture anymore, it’s pleasant to enjoy festivities as they are, coming together to celebrate a time of year for a promise that exceeds all worldly cares and dreams and a chance to once again be a child oneself. And to see children excited with anticipation and maybe a hope for a better time ahead.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

a the Sioux City Lighted Parade and events in Ho Chunk Center Monday evening, in downtown Sioux City, IowaNov. 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

a the Sioux City Lighted Parade and events in Ho Chunk Center Monday evening, in downtown Sioux City, IowaNov. 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

a the Sioux City Lighted Parade and events in Ho Chunk Center Monday evening, in downtown Sioux City, IowaNov. 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

a the Sioux City Lighted Parade and events in Ho Chunk Center Monday evening, in downtown Sioux City, IowaNov. 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

a the Sioux City Lighted Parade and events in Ho Chunk Center Monday evening, in downtown Sioux City, IowaNov. 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

a the Sioux City Lighted Parade and events in Ho Chunk Center Monday evening, in downtown Sioux City, IowaNov. 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

a the Sioux City Lighted Parade and events in Ho Chunk Center Monday evening, in downtown Sioux City, IowaNov. 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Enjoying a Lingering Siouxland Christmas, Sioux City

17 Feb

While out for a walk recently during a snow fall I saw a neighbor still had some Christmas lights up. People in Siouxland like their holidays. Many decorate their homes around a holiday theme with some already putting up red stringed lights for Valentines Day. But I was glad to see these Christmas lights as I neared home. Reminding me of the season and the phrase of “leaving a light on in the window” so as to guide a traveler to a destination. And to add a little light to a somewhat dreary day.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Even though it’s after Christmas, some neighbors have left a few outdoor lights up and it adds a nice ambience while walking around the neighborhood in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Siouxland in lights, North Sioux City, SD

24 Dec

The other night a friend invited me to drive around parts of Siouxland to photograph Christmas lights. When I previously worked for newspapers I had shot my fair share of night time holiday lights. A year ago I photographed a large display of lights in the country which was raising money for charity. The temperature that year along with the wind made is feel like I was photographing in minus 10 degree weather. This year there has been little snow. And it was raining the night we went out to photograph holiday lights. She wanted new images to create cards. I went along to take in the sites. My friend did all the correct things in photographing Christmas lights. She used a tripod, shot with a low ISO and did 4-6 second exposures. She got some really nice images. I on the other hand after working so many years for newspapers took the easier route. High ISO, slow shutter hand held, a number of frames and hoped for the best. That is not to say that all newspaper photographers shoot this way, but I was being lazy. And sometimes that can lead to unexpected results. As nice as my friend’s images turned out, I was not unhappy with some of my results. Especially as I sat inside her vehicle as she photographed a scene, I photographed through a rain drop splattered window and got some interesting results using a slow shutter and unsteady hands. The wet weather, much like having a fresh blanket of snow, helped in adding more illumination to the scenes. Maybe next year I will use a tripod again. I have two of them, but sometimes I just like to wing it.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Lighted Christmas Parade in Siouxland, Le Mars

9 Dec

It’s always fun to attend the Le Mars, Iowa,  Sertoma Lighted Christmas parade each year when possible. For one thing, more than one Santa generally shows to participate, and the children never seem to mind or catch on. And there are generally a variety of entries. Afterwards, most people make their way to the Plymouth County Fairgrounds to attend the Pioneer Village Christmas event where they are decorated trees along with treats and hot drinks and cutouts for people to put their faces in to be photographed as well as horse drawn wagon rides. This year it was a balmy 32 degrees with no snow on the ground. So it was warm enough to enjoy without thinking you had lost your toes and fingers. People bundled up and enjoyed the festivities, with children pointing the figure in red and chasing down errant candy tossed from the passing parade.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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