Anamosa Christmas Tree Walk


Pianist playing Christmas carols

Hello and welcome to the blog!  For those email subscribers, I’m sorry for the deleted posting last night.  I’d started a new post and hit “publish” by mistake…

Friday and Saturday I visited the Tree Walk at the Anamosa Lawrence Rec Center.  The whole gym was decorated and included dozens of Christmas trees from various businesses, churches, and other organizations.  Visitors were treated to fruit punch and free cookies while invited to sit down for a bit and listen to music.

Some of the dozens of decorated Christmas trees.

A Peanuts Christmas display.


Even the Grinch made an appearance.


Farm family display. It looked very realistic.

Soups, sandwiches and various other items were for sale including Christmas gifts, baked goods, etc.  All the while live music was playing in the background.  Friday night there was a man singing and playing a guitar.  Today it was piano music.  At one point there will be choir singing.

Cookies from the Methodist Church

On the way out, there were a number of tables set up in the hallway containing many dozens of the most beautiful Christmas cookies.  They were $1 each or 12 for $8.  I was going to buy 6 but for a couple bucks more a dozen seemed like a good investment and a great way to help out a fundraiser.

Cookies for my lunches this week. It’s Saturday and they’re eaten ahead till about Wednesday.   🙂

It was a fun experience seeing the trees and talking with town friends including fishing buddy Steve.  A friend whose wife is in the nursing home was there.  He’s kind of sad but enjoyed meeting with his coffee buddies.  The spirit was warm and friendly.  Anamosa is a great place to live.

When’s Santa coming?

That’s about all that’s new.  Jenny and Duke are doing great and up to mischief.  Plans are starting to come together for a Christmas eve dinner and church service… and a Christmas dinner with good friends.

Take care and thanks for visiting.  Happy Holidays and enjoy the time with family and friends!

Brad, Jenny, and Duke
Jones County, Iowa

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

4 Responses to Anamosa Christmas Tree Walk

  1. Jo Harmon says:

    WOW that’s a lot of trees and all so pretty. Fun stuff happening.
    Your Christmas card is so cute. Sounds like great plans for the Holiday.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo! Thanks for the note! I hope it’s been a great weekend. Thanks for the kind words about the Christmas card. I worked on addressing them at McDonald’s. These two fur babies won’t let a person get anything done around here… unless it involved cooking. Take good care! — Brad

  2. my_vantasy says:

    Beautiful trees and beautiful cookies–can’t go wrong with that combination! You are so proud of your home town; I am serious about coming to camp with you this summer. Tell the kitties to behave–Santa is watching them. The Little Dog has been very good and had her picture taken with Santa. It was a local humane society fund raiser and the picture turned out great. Keep warm and keep work camping as long as you can. 🙂

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi I bet that is the cutest picture of The Little Dog with Santa! I don’t think it would be possible to get these two (or even one) near Santa. Both have been crawling on me while trying to answer you comment. Jenny positions herself between the laptop and my face. I’m going to be work camping a day or two this week. It’s forecast to be in the 30s for low temps – downright balmy! Take care. It will be fun meeting you when you’re out this way! — VT