The Star-Herald

First Friday Luncheon a great way to see old and new friends

The monthly First Friday Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Mapleton Methodist Church.  We will be in the middle of the holiday season so come out and enjoy a terrific meal prepared by the First Friday chefs. Newly harvested potatoes may be on the menu for those friends and neighbors who will be in attendance. The chefs are planning an enjoyable holiday lunch for everyone. While the food is always delicious, the real joy is being with longtime friends as well as making new friends and sharing family updates, stories and memories.  Remember there is no charge for lunch, but donations will be accepted.  

Mapleton Elementary Grandparents and Parents Lunch held

On Nov. 19,MSAD 1 experienced a two-hour delay due to overnight snow and freezing rain.  The Mapleton Elementary School cooks starting preparing the day before for the anticipated 400-plus students and their guests who were scheduled to attend the Mapleton Elementary School annual Bring Your Grandparents to Lunch. This annual harvest lunch is an opportunity for the school’s students to invite their grandparents and parents to have lunch with them at school. This meal is one of the most highly attended events during the school year. The school’s menu included turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit cocktail, rolls and pumpkin cake. 

Students ate at their scheduled times with grandparents and parents arriving in time to go to lunch with them.  However this year the crowd was so large that the line snaked around the cafeteria through the hall past the book fair and reaching to the computer lab. Everyone enjoyed their lunch even with a long wait to get to the serving line. Principal Duprey and the cooking staff were delighted with the turnout. With much of the food prepared the day before, they had worried all night long that school would be canceled due to the weather and the lunch could not be held. But the weather improved and the grandparents and parents came out in force to support their kids and the school.

During the week, the Mapleton Parents Organization conducted its fall book fair. The scheduling of the Take Your Grandparents to Lunch proves to be an ideal time for grandparents and parents to select books and related items that can be given as Christmas gifts. The MPO thanks all who came by the book fair during the week and bought books and gifts for their grandchildren and children. The book fair was a successful well attended event for the MPO.

Mapleton Daze On-Line Auction

This coming Monday, Dec. 9, starting at 8 a.m., the Mapleton Daze Committee will open its Mapleton Daze On-Line Silent Auction. The online auction will run through Dec. 12, ending at 6 p.m.

The Mapleton Daze Committee asks, “Want to do some holiday shopping and help raise funds for Mapleton Daze 2020?” Then come on-line to our Silent Auction where you can find many items and services donated to Mapleton Daze for auction.

Lynnelle Foster, Mapleton Daze President, suggests readers come and browse all the items from the luxury of your sofa. Bid as many times as you wish for any item keeping in mind that bidding after 6 p.m. on Dec. 12, will not be accepted. For information about this event and how it works, check out the event here: or contact any member of the Mapleton Daze Committee.

An Afternoon at the North Pole

Santa Claus is coming to town — Mapleton that is!!

A second December Mapleton Daze Fundraising event is planned for the enjoyment of kids.  The Committee will be hosting “An Afternoon at the North Pole” located in the Mapleton Lions Hall, 1713 Main St., Mapleton. The date of fundraising event is Dec. 14, starting at 1 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m.

Grab the kids and come to Mapleton’s Lions Hall as it will be transformed into the North Pole. The Mapleton Daze Committee Elves will be hosting An Afternoon at the North Pole with crafting activities, cookie decorating, a holiday movie with popcorn, and rumor has it that the big guy himself — Santa — will be stopping by to see if the kids have been naughty or nice and take pictures with them. Now how much fun does that sound?

As this is a fundraiser for Mapleton Daze 2020, the Committee is asking for suggested donations of $5  for each child or a family max bundle (of 4 or more people) of $20.

Terry Sandusky is the Star-Herald correspondent for Mapleton, Chapman and Castle Hill and can be reached at 764-4916 or at

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