The annual Tour of Lights by the Niobrara Senior Center took off Tuesday evening, December 18, for a leisurely drive about Lusk streets and byways to view the many Christmas light displays. Before leaving the Senior Center, they were served a delicious bowl of cheesy ham potato soup, accompanied by a green salad, with chocolate cake for dessert. Driver Sue Wilcox and tour guide Tami Jensen, directed them as they explored the town, with a detour to the Christmas Village set up in the Niobrara County Shooting Sports building, where an amazing surprise met them. They were met by the hostess who offered warm drinks, compliments of Deckers Food Center. The large room was filled with decorated Christmas trees, with themes such as the angels created out of folded newspaper (pages from the Lusk Herald), many clever scenes, and tables with sparkly trees for decor. Santa Claus was present to hear the wishes of children in the center area. The Christmas Village was a wonderful experience, prompting comments such as “It was much bigger than I expected…” etc. The Christmas Village was first set up five years ago and has grown in size and popularity and a warm lace to enjoy the holiday. A highlight for some of those along for the ride, especially took note of the colors on the Lights of Love tree situated on the corner by the Niobrara Community Hospital. Enjoying the evening with Sue and Tami were Pat Smith, Loretta Wilkerson, Rod Jones, Clarabelle Davis, Shirley Hladky, Donna Gunn, Phyllis Hahn, Mary Jo Lund and Dorthy Lohr.
The youth that meet every Wednesday in Blish Hall in the Congregational Church, hosted by the Lusk Alliance Church, cruised the Town of Lusk, singing Christmas carols the week before Christmas. It was enjoyed and appreciated by many young people as well as older folk.
Children from the very young and first through second grades of the public schools shared fun and traditional holiday songs, delighting those they visited such as the Senior Center and other groups privileged to hear and see them. A common comment was “We didn’t know we had so many children in this town!” Even the little kiddies displayed a talent for carrying a tune.