It was a labor of love as a group of downtown business owners and volunteers gathered to help set up the Amity Rolfs nativity.
A huge hat tip to Pat and Deb Bohn from Bits ‘n’ Pieces Floral. They will be hosting the nativity at their store, 319 S. Main Street.
“We wanted to keep it on the parade route,” said Downtown West Bend Association event manager Kellie Boone.
The change in location came after Westbury Bank said it feared there were safety concerns with the manger.
A group of handymen and women, including Chris and Larry Porter, Scott Schmidt, Jim Spaeth, Kellie Boone, Carol Baranyk, and Pat and Deb Bohn worked to resurrect the nativity.
All channeled their inner Tom O’Meara III to help recreate the nativity which dates to the late 1960s. For years O’Meara took charge of setting up the nativity.
Someone suggested that in order to get our “real Tom on” we needed to stop at Dublin’s first for a pint. While a popular idea, the group took advantage of the sunny, unseasonably warm weather, and remained on task.
Also a special thanks to West Bend Elevator for donating the straw for the manger.
Drive past Bits ‘n’ Pieces and check it out or be sure to give a look during Sunday’s West Bend Christmas Parade.