by Becky Trip

On Friday, December 1, 2017, we enjoyed the annual Cook's Country Christmas celebration.  In the past, this was held in the City Park by the Gazebo, as well as in the Libary and the Comet Theater.  This year, the celebration was moved to the Cook Community Center in the Doug Johnson Recreation Area.  At 5:00 p.m., there was the Lights of Love tree lighting ceremony, followed by Christmas caroling. Thistledew provided the tree and the ice candles.  At 5:30 p.m., Santa arrived on a horse drawn sleigh, complete with Christmas lights.  He led the children into the Community Center, where each child had a chance to talk to Santa and receive a gift bag from his elves or Mrs. Claus, courtesy of the Timberwolves Snowmbile Club.  There were also refreshments provided.  The Friends of the Park had hot dogs and chips, VHHP had cookies and apple cider, and McDonald's proved the orange drink.  At 6:30 p.m., the movie "Snow Buddies" was shown, courtesy of Friends of the Park, although we had to leave before this started.  In additon, the Watering Can's Diane Pascuzzi was on hand selling her wreaths and decorations, and there were several stall holders inside selling their wares, sponsored by the Northwoods Friends of the Arts.    It was a fun night, and we appreciate all of the hard work from so many.

























 Thanks to the Friends of the Parks, City of Cook, Northwoods Friends of the Arts, the Timberwolves Snowmobile Club, and Thistledew for making this a wonderful community event.  We'll see you next year, Santa!