by Kathy Jensen, owner of Dragonfly Dry Goods, from Death al Dente by Leslie Budewitz
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Another holiday season come and not quite gone. The Village is so beautiful, all lit up for Christmas. Some of our visitors can’t imagine how a little bitty town gets so much done – especially since it isn’t actually a town with a mayor and council, city works departments, and all that. Honestly, I think we get more done because we’re all volunteers – and because we’ve been doing this so long.
The Decorating Captains put out the call in early November. We all gather on a Saturday morning down at Caldwells’ Eagle Lake Lodge for breakfast and bulb turning—checking the strings of lights, changing out the tired and broken bulbs, and stringing the bulbs on the garland. Crews go out into the woods—with the landowners’ permission—and cut the small trees we put up on every building front and on the one-lane bridge into town. The Bow Ladies clean and fluff thousands of red ribbon bows and tie replacements. (I donate the ribbon.)
Then on Decorating Day, a Saturday in late November, all the elves gather, wearing our Santa hats, and transform the Village into Wonderland. The power company donates cranes to lift the garlands into place on Village rooftops, and elves bustle up and down the streets, putting up trees and twisting on bows. Other elves distribute coffee—with a touch of schnapps or Bailey’s for those who like a little something extra. And the big tree—donated by a local forester---goes up right in front of my shop.
That evening, the Village Merchants open their shops and galleries for an Art Walk, and at seven, we light the tree and sing carols. Oh, what fun it is to see a town transformed!
One more reason we all love Jewel Bay!
DEATH AL DENTE is the first book in the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, published by Berkley Prime Crime in August 2013. The series is set in a small, lakeside resort community in Northwest Montana, on the road to Glacier Park. Guess where my author, Leslie Budewitz, lives!
Watch for CRIME RIB, coming in July 2014.
Leslie is also a lawyer and won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for BOOKS, CROOKS, AND COUNSELORS: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure (Quill Driver Books). Visit her at www.LeslieBudewitz.com or www.LawandFiction.com
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Photos courtesy of Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce.