The day after Thanksgiving, traditionally the start of the Christmas shopping season, is dubbed Black Friday. Many people get the day off, which explodes the number of shoppers.
On Black Friday people leave home in droves and head for the malls, bringing heavy traffic, jammed store aisles, and long lines at checkout counters. While it's a boon for retail cash registers, Black Friday is clearly not an endearing term.
For those of you with the day off, why not avoid the shopping herd mentality? Make it a truly good Friday by staying close to home and enjoying the food, entertainment, art and holiday spectacle provided at the annual River Dazzle Dayz, Nov. 27.
If you do, here's some of what you can expect to find in downtown River Falls:
For those who walk up and down Main Street during the day or in the evening, there will be warm beverages, roasted almonds and other goodies sold at a concessions stand run by the Kiwanis Club. Also look for costumed carolers.
Friday, Nov. 27 -- and even beyond -- will also feature the Big Red Stocking sale at many businesses. Where you see a red stocking hung, look for special sales inside. For your convenience those establishments will also be open Thursday nights.
So, avoid the mad crush of shoppers bound for 'The Cities.' Come rub shoulders with your friends and neighbors, bring the kids if you have any, and spend a few hours savoring the friendly surroundings in downtown River Falls.
And, whenever possible this holiday season, make some local purchases. Each is a boost for our community, the local economy and the people who work and live here.
Yes, give them shelter
The Journal's online poll question this week asked: How would you feel if an overnight homeless shelter with a 24/7 onsite manager proposed to locate in your neighborhood?
So far the responses have gone this way:
To add your voice, go to www.riverfallsjournal.com.