Second Roscoe Hometown Holiday event to bring community together

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BDN file photo (From left): Pam and Dustin Luczak paint a ceramic ornament with kids Annabelle (left) and Madelin as Linda Littlejohn, owner of R & L Ceramics, assists. The family was enjoying all the activities at Roscoe's first Hometown Holiday event held last year. This year's event is set from 3-8 p.m. on Saturday.

ROSCOE - A new, festive tradition is back once more. The second annual Roscoe Hometown Holiday event is scheduled from 3-8 p.m. on Saturday across the downtown area.

Village administrator Scott Sanders said the event was created to establish a community and business-themed holiday occasion, where attendees may stop at various businesses, as part of a "Passport to the North Pole" activity. Sanders said each of the participating businesses - most of which are on Main Street - will host their own activity, and families may get their passports stamped at the businesses in order to be eligible to win prizes.

"It's an opportunity to invite people to come together in historic downtown Roscoe, which is what we consider to be the heart of the village," Sanders said.

Instead of the typical parade, this community-style social night is meant to help get families away from technology and do holiday activities together. There will be caroling and a community tree lighting at 6 p.m. on Saturday near 10684 Main St.

"We're bringing the community together to celebrate," Sanders said.

Sanders encourages everyone to stop by Village Hall from 4-7 p.m., where the August Braatz Septet will perform Christmas jazz music. The group is comprised of musicians from the Beloit Memorial Jazz Orchestra. They claimed the honor of fourth place nationally at the famed Essentially Ellington Competition and festival in New York City earlier this year. The North Pole mailbox also will be at Village Hall.

Throughout the event, there will be Christmas music on Main Street provided by Hits DJ Service.

Here's what other businesses are offering during the Passport to the North Pole event:

• Harlem Roscoe Fire Department will have Letters to Santa and games and prizes with the Stateline Chamber Ambassador's.

. Firehouse Pub will have free hot chocolate, adult Christmas drinks and children's activities.

• The kids can visit Santa while the adults do some shopping at K. Paige.

There also will be other holiday activities at the following locations:

• A Little Bird Told Me

• The Gym

• Board and Brush

. 808 Cheesecake

. Share Serendipity

The event is jointly hosted by the Village of Roscoe and the Stateline Chamber of Commerce.

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