Most year’s we head to the Amana Colonies for Prelude to Christmas a chance to recuperate from the stress of field work and a kick off to the Christmas season. One of my favorite stops is the Festhalle barn that was once a dairy barn located in Amana. Amana is the largest of the seven villages that make up the colony. The barn is the place where the local vendors and organizations decorate their trees and bring Christmas alive with a huge pyramid that this year featured Santa’s workshop.
The century old barn is a fitting place with the soaring ceilings and surrounding Amana countryside for a festival of trees and of course a place where woodworking is supreme and just right for Santa’s workshop.