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11/25/2019
It’s here

It’s the calm before the storm.

We’re not talking about the weather, which has been one rainstorm after another with maybe a break in the clouds about the time Ketchikan is about to say enough is enough.

Rain, sun, snow. It’s all forecast for the week.

No, what we’re speaking of is the next two or three days leading up to Thanksgiving on Thursday and then the official shopping season beginning the day after — Black Friday.

Following turkey day, a whole list of holiday season activities can be ticked off.

First, it’s Thanksgiving, a time to feast with family and friends, appreciating each and everyone and the favor in our lives.

Black Friday is a shopping riot by reputation and in fact. This tends to be the busiest day of the year for retailers, who offer specials to attract Christmas shoppers early. Such specials prompt shoppers to show up in number and early — often before the crack of dawn.

Specifically to Ketchikan, the weekend following Thanksgiving brings us the Winter Arts Faire and the first of a number December Christmas bazaars. Check Friday editions of the newspaper for a current list.

The Ketchikan Theater Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker is a traditional First City tradition.

Christmas plays and concerts at schools and churches; retailers’ holiday drawings and special events, Santa Claus’ pre-Christmas visit and the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree, and the annual Winter Art Walk.

It’s all about to happen. With one event after another, Ketchikan will celebrate the holidays.