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Victorian Christmas pays tribute to Teichow

IF YOU GO: At 5 p.m. the local eateries will open and serve full-course indoor dining at restaurants. At this time, visitors also could munch on roasted chestnuts that they purchase from "street-peddlers." At 6 p.m. townsfolk will gather to the Gazebo for a Village Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Starting promptly at 7:15 p.m., the horse-drawn carriage lighted parade will begin.
November 23, 2010 | 08:46 AM
Sharon — If Sandra Teichow never was the Sharon Main Street director, popular events such as Model-A Day and The Victorian Christmas might not be community traditions.

This year, the Victorian Christmas, which is scheduled for Dec. 3, will be dedicated to Teichow, who was killed Oct. 14 in Racine.

"She is our guest of honor and I'm sure she will be with us even though we can't see her," said Mary Kay Black, who is helping organize the event.

Black said a dignity carriage in Teichow's honor will travel along the village's Main Street during the celebration. After the dignity carriage's run is completed, the three churches in town will ring bells and a moment of silence will commence for Teichow.

"She was the first Main Street Director, and she did all kinds of things for our downtown," Black said. "It will all be a great tribute."

Before Teichow's death, she told Black she was looking forward to the Victorian Christmas and was planning on wearing one of her Victorian dresses.

"Her husband was going to dress as Scrooge and her grandson was dressing as Tiny Tim," Black said.

What to expect

Teichow's hard work in establishing The Victorian Christmas has paid dividends in the community. The event is now a holiday stable in Sharon.

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"This is how you kick off the season around here," Black said.

Visitors from Sharon can expect to feel as if they stepped back in time during the event.

"Some of the local people dress in eloquent Victorian costumes," Black said.

Sharon's historic downtown buildings also add to the climate that makes the event special, Black said.

There will be bell ringers in the street, carolers, a children's choir, men roasting chestnuts on corners and Victorian lighting.

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The West End Jazz Band also will perform Christmas songs, and there will be a Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

Although it can't be planned, "It is ideal for it to snow lightly during the event," Black said.

The event typically draws a large crowd to the village and in a normal year will bring crowds of between 500 and 600 people.

However, Black is expecting a larger than normal crowd because of the tribute to Teichow.

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