December 7 dawned with brilliant sunshine and below zero temperatures. This particular Saturday was also Spearfish’s annual Christmas Stroll event. Shops throughout town were open for shoppers, including The Matthews, and then the finale of an evening Christmas parade. Due to the extreme bitter cold, the parade was canceled (and rescheduled for 12/14). Fortunately, many of the businesses carried on.
The Matthews had two events for this day. From Noon to 4:00 p.m., Santa was in our upstairs lobby for all the local children. Hot cider, coffee, and candy canes were on hand also. Despite the weather, many parents brought in their children to talk to Santa, take pictures, and warm their hands! An added bonus was the unexpected visit (and serenading) by some Madrigal Singers. Holiday cheer was all around.
Then, at 5:30 p.m., the art gallery opened its doors for the annual Holiday Art Reception. We had 9 artists featured, plus food and drink. The artists featured were Shawn Wilson, Clay Dykstra, Stephanie Bussiere, Roni Coates, Belinda Lytle, MaryAnn Larsen, Alana Greiner, Allison Bush-Forsberg, and Randy Walker
We have to admit, we were concerned with such horrible cold weather and the sun set, that no one would visit us. Well, we were wrong. We had a great turnout. The holiday spirit cannot be squelched with a little bit of cold.