First Lutheran’s Lucia Fest set for Dec. 10

Staff Report

The community is invited to First Lutheran Church’s annual Lucia Fest from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 10, at the church, 225 S. Third St., in Rockford’s Haight Village.

The event includes a Santa Lucia and her special guests, as well as a Treasure Table, baked goods, crafts, refreshments, and continuous live music throughout the morning.

Among the featured musical groups and musicians will be students from the Rockford Music Academy; Greg Gyllsdorff, First Lutheran’s Minister of Music; the Bach Chamber Choir; and more. Also featured will be demonstrations in bobbin lacemaking by the Prairie Mill Lace Makers and rosemaling by Barb Palm.

First Lutheran’s Lucia Day celebrates the Swedish Festival of Lights holiday.

According to legend, Lucia was a medieval saint who carried food and drink to hungry people during a period of famine. She was seen dressed in a white gown with a crown of lights. In Sweden, the Lucia Day is celebrated in every home, school and workplace on the morning of Dec. 13. In the United States, churches with strong Scandinavian roots, like First Lutheran, continue to celebrate the holiday each December.

Contact the church at (815) 962-6691.

From the Dec. 7-13, 2011, issue

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