The moment we’ve been waiting for — finding the perfect Christmas tree

By Sonia Vogl

OREGON, Ill. — The moment we’ve been waiting for will soon be here — time to find that perfect Christmas tree!

On the day after Thanksgiving, the Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County (PPSOC), a nonprofit organization, will begin sales of trees at 10 a.m. Sales will continue for the weekends of Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Dec. 7 and 8, 14 and 15, and 21 and 22, with weekday sales through Dec. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Beautiful trees left by the former Sinnissippi Tree Farm, which was purchased by the PPSOC, will be sold to pay for the 82-acre site that contains high-quality prairie remnants. It has been re-named Sand Ridge and is at 2879 S. Daysville Road, Oregon, Ill.

Helpful “elves” will be available to help tree hunters find their tree, wrap it and load it.

Sand Ridge is a great place to visit, even without the bonus of the Christmas trees. With hills of waving prairie grasses and forbs (wild flowers), stands of spruce, fir and pine, it provides a quiet beauty and sense of peace to those fortunate enough to stop there. The sound of the breezes in the pines, and their invigorating scent provides a moment transported to the north woods.

Surrounded by towering white pines, which block the sight of cornfields and houses, it is a place set apart — a peaceful sanctuary from the everyday.

Visit, enjoy and take the feeling with you.

From the Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2013, issue

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