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Symphony concert, Yule Walk go ‘Home for the Holidays’

November 21, 2010
By SANDY MICKELSON, Messenger staff writer

You've heard me say, there's no place like home for the holidays. Well, you've read me saying it, and that's just the same.

There is no place like home. An emotional connection, maybe, that just gets stronger as you go along. Maybe this is the only time of year when past complaints are forgotten and everyone overlooks things that they can't overlook in the busy spring or the heat of summer.

Anticipation, perhaps. Anticipation does a lot for a person. But just saying the words "Home for the Holidays" pushes that happy spot inside, the place you like to go to think.

That's why it was a stroke of genius, I think, to call the Fort Dodge Area Symphony concert on Dec. 5 "Home for the Holidays."

The title might be because pianist Eddie Neimann will be the guest, and he's a Fort Dodge native and Senior High graduate.

Maybe it's because there will be four homes in the Yule Walk, which follows the concert at Phillips Middle School. Whatever it is, it's genius.

This is a big fundraiser for the symphony, but more than that, it will pull the community together at the start of the holidays, and there's no better outcome than that. And that, I think, is the true meaning of "Home for the Holidays."

Concert tickets are part of the season ticket package, but if you don't have those, you still can go. At the door, tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students.

But don't stop there. The Yule Walk starts right after the concert, and tickets are available at the beginning of the concert for that. They are $12 and give you entrance into four homes all decked out for the holiday - the homes of Sally and Tim Kraayenbrink, Kelli and Lincoln Wallace, Phyllis and Kyle Versteeg and Sheryl and Martin Rogers. All are in the Community Apple Orchard area.

You'll get a deal on the Yule Walk tickets if you buy in advance because advance tickets are just $10. They can be purchased at Becker Florists, Earl May Garden Center and Party Productions.

Now, if the Yule Walk people want to really catch the moment, they'll have Perry Como singing in the background. "Oh! There's no place like home for the holidays, 'Cause no matter how far away you roam, If you want to be happy in a million ways, For the holidays you can't beat home, sweet home!"

And that's all I've got to say about that.

So long friends, until the next time when we're together.

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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