Children's Christmas party has a rockin' theme

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
Dr Glenda Foy remembers when the first McDonald’s opened on 11th Street in Rock Island. Her grandparents, Lawrence (Andy) and Georgia Anderson took her there in the 50s for hamburgers for 15 cents, french fries 10 cents and a coke for 5 cents.

An annual Christmas party for children of all ages will be held for the 25th year on Dec. 6, 2008 at the Apollo Elementary gymnasium. The party runs from 1-3 p.m. Santa, Ronald McDonald and some Elvis and Marilyn Monroe look alikes are some of the celebrities expected to show this year.

"This is a Chamber of Commerce event," said Dr. Glenda Foy, who originated the idea 25 years ago. Many of the prizes given out to children are donated by Aledo Area Chamber of Commerce members, according to Dr. Foy.

She encourages parents to pre-register their children so she will know how many to prepare for by calling Alpha Chiropractic Clinic (309) 629-8151 or Chiropractic Arts Center (309) 582-2222.

Pre-registed children will be eligible to win a Walmart bike or four tickets donated by WRMJ for a Quad City Flames hockey game. All children attending the party will receive presents. "There will be door prizes from area businesses and gifts for everyone. This year every child will receive a Christmas Children's first-aid kit and Christmas ornament," said Dr. Foy.

The Chamber of Commerce's Holly Days theme "A Rockin' Christmas" will be carried through at this year's children's party. "We're hosting a sock hop and pizza party," she said. "Since the theme is "Sock Hop" we all will be in our "socks."

Entertainment

Accordion music performed by Robert Hoffman will be "welcoming" the party guests with Christmas tunes.

There will be an Elvis and Marilyn Monroe look-a-like contest, a hula hoop contest, entertainment by Myrna Rae's Dance Studio and the reading of the Christmas Story.

Ronald McDonald always shows up for the event and he will be working with Myrna Rae to teach some 1950s dance steps at the party, according to Dr. Foy.

Other entertainment includes singing Christmas carols with some students from the Viola Presbyterian Church's guitar clinics, under the direction of Elden Decker and reading of the Christmas story from the Bible. Holiday health hints will be given by Becky, the school nurse. There will be a Hoola Hoop Contest. The hoola hoops will be provided for the braves ones young and old!

History

The annual Christmas Party was started by Dr Glenda Foy at her new Chiropractic Arts Center in Aledo. "When it first started it was called "Christmas in the Country,'" said Dr. Foy.

She said she wanted to do something for the community similar to what she experienced as a child. "I attended wonderful Christmas parties hosted by Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport."

Her mother, Dr Irene Nelson, was attending Palmer College at the time, while the Nelson family lived in Joy. Her mother drove more than 90 miles a day to attend school.

Twenty five years ago the first party was modest. "The first year was at the Chiropractic Arts office with Father Meyer's reading the Christmas Story, Raggedy Ann and Andy were there, thanks to her staff members Denise Retherford and Betty Williams, and a pinata was hung outside the office.

The second year Happy Joes's hosted the refreshments at the restaurant. "Happy Joe's is still donating the ice cream," said Dr. Foy. This year there will be chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream treats for all attending the party. Other treats are homemade cookies and Orange pop, donated by Aledo's McDonalds and pizza.

One year the party was held above Aledo City Hall, but it was too small too. For the last 20 years the party has been at Aledo's Apollo Elementary School.