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Community Members Speak: Holiday season in Grinnell, Iowa

With the holiday season quickly approaching, S&B reporter Zach Spindler-Krage took to downtown Grinnell, Iowa to ask community members the critically important question, “What is your favorite part of the holiday season in Grinnell?” The answers varied, but the enthusiasm shone through in every answer, leaving us excited for the festivities on the horizon.

Jim White stands on top of a festive sleigh in Central Park. (Zach Spindler-Krage)

You caught us decorating for Jingle Bell Holiday, and what I can tell you is that nothing makes me happier than to see a family squealing, giggling, happy, running around getting their picture taken with all the props. But we need younger volunteers to help out. Volunteerism is something that we need to be doing more of. We need to teach students how to keep this tradition going even after we’re gone.

— Jim White

From left: Jim White and Jill Crotts decorate Central Park for Jingle Bell Holiday. (Zach Spindler-Krage)

It’s so picturesque when you come down here at 11:00 at night and it’s snowing, and you can just take in the beautiful lights.

— Jill Crotts

Mary Lindberg at Circus Financial Services. (Zach Spindler-Krage)

My favorite is the Festival of Trees. I like seeing different community groups and organizations participate and then seeing what they come up with. The kids do a tree, and it’s fun to walk through and see everyone and hear the middle school jazz band and choir, and they raise a little bit of money. It’s December 8 this year inside the library, and it’s always a fun evening.

— Mary Lindberg

Elli Wilson stands in front of Family Dentistry’s decorated tree. (Zach Spindler-Krage)

It’s fun to work right across from the [Central] Park and see all the lights and the tunnels. I’m excited to see them lit up. I haven’t worked here over the holidays before, so I’ve been watching people work on setting all the decorations up, and I think the Christmas trees on the street corners are fun. We decorated ours as a snowman.

— Elli Wilson

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Zach Spindler-Krage
Zach Spindler-Krage, News Editor
Zach Spindler-Krage is a third-year political science major and policy studies concentrator. He is from Rochester, Minnesota and has an unbelievable amount of state pride. Zach spends his time hiking, playing and listening to music, trying to submit op-eds for every class writing assignment, and wishing he was in Minnesota.
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Gabriela Rożnawska, Graphic Designer
Gabriela Rożnawska is a second-year student majoring in Computer Science, Psychology and concentrating in Linguistics from Krakow, Poland. She is likely to be spotted longboarding around town and, if stopped, would be delighted to discuss tornados, planes, rodents and plans for an upcoming multi-city trip.
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