Wake Up Santa–A Rousing Success

Saturday, Dec. 6 was a special day for many local children. News of a slumbering Santa in the community room of Prairie du Chien City Hall spread quickly in the early hours of the morning. Children, afraid that Santa would sleep through Christmas, arrived at city hall with their parents and grandparents. Armed with an assortment of noisemakers, they silently tiptoed into the Community Room precisely at 8:30 a.m. At the count of three, they excitedly shouted “Wake Up, Santa!” accompanied by the noisemakers. A sleepy and surprised Santa awoke from his nap and invited the children to spend the morning with him. (Photo – Left: Santa Claus goes over Lacey Skime’s good girl list with her, regarding all the good things she’s done this past year and what she wants for Christmas. For a minimal fee, children attending Wake Up Santa every December have the opportunity for such a one-on-one experience with Santa. (Photos by Brian Cipra Photograhy))

After a delicious breakfast, served by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers, the kids spent their time talking to Santa and playing Santa Bingo and Pin the Nose on Rudolph. They were delighted to learn that Santa found their names in the Good Boys and Girls Book and that he seemed to know just what they wanted for Christmas. He also knew other pertinent information, such as names of their siblings, teachers and pets as well as things they did well or needed to improve on. Photographer Brian Cipra was on hand to capture this special visit with Santa.

Santa’s Secret Gift Shop was open for kids to purchase gifts for loved ones, caregivers, and pets with the help of Santa’s elves. Children were invited to make and take a Christmas ornament at Santa’s Workshop. Chance, the animal shelter’s large and furry mascot, kept the kids entertained while waiting for their visit with Santa. Area Girl Scouts also helped with this event.

Wake Up Santa is an annual fundraiser sponsored by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter and is held on the first Saturday of December. (Photo – Right: Santa Claus has been so busy this year that he fell asleep on the job. But on Dec. 6, local youths, with their parents and grandparents, participated in the annual Wake Up Santa event at City Hall. Shaking noisemakers as loud as they could, they shouted “Wake Up, Santa!” and the jolly, old elf himself woke with a cheery greeting in front of everyone in attendance.)

Wake Up Santa is an annual fundraiser sponsored by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter and is held on the first Saturday of December.

Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa and Wake Up Santa take place in the Community Room of Prairie du Chien City Hall (Map) during the first Saturday of December. Children are invited to bring pots, pans, wooden spoons and other noise makers to "wake up Santa". Then, promptly at 8:30AM, on the count of three, the children bang on their pots and pans and shout "Wake Up Santa" at the top of their lungs. The fun event begins!

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Admission includes:
Breakfast with Santa

After Santa is awake, a hot, delicious, breakfast served by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers  between 8:30 AM-10:00 AM.

A Personalized Visit with Santa

We hope to make this a memorable experience for your young child for years to come. Santa will have a large book with each child's name and personal information.

Santa's Workshop

While children are waiting for their personal visit with Santa, they can make a special ornament for their Christmas tree.
Organized Santa Themed Games
Pin the Tail on Rudolph, Coloring, Santa Bingo, and more...
Santa's Secret Gift Shop

Santa's Secret Gift Shop will also be open. Children can purchase quality gifts for parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers for $3 or less. Gifts can also be wrapped at the time of purchase.

Photo with Santa

A professional photographer will be on hand to capture this special moment in your child's life.
Nominal cost for 5X7 color photo. Photos can be picked up at Prairie du Chien,, Tractor Supply, December 21, 2013, 9am-3pm.

Mary Weeks Donates to Rivers and Bluffs

newsRivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter was the recipient of a donation by Mary Weeks. Weeks, shown in the photo(right) with her cat, Roxie and Jill Cipra, treasurer, donated $10.000.00 to Rivers and Bluffs toward phase II, building a shelter for the greater PdC area.

Rivers and Bluffs Shelter will be located at the intersection of East Campion Boulevard and 22nd Street on land donated by Steve and Lynda Welter.

Rivers is a 501 c3 organization. Donations are always welcome and tax deductible. They may be mailed to Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, PO Box 421 Prairie du Chien, Wi, 53821.


Photo from Courier Press

McGregor Arts and Craft Fair

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Meet Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers at the McGregor Arts and Craft Fair on October 4-5, 11-12
Show your continued support while visiting our display tent. We will have delicious, fresh cheese curds from WW Homestead in Waukon. Rivers and Bluffs will also have special hand made Halloween decorations, toys for your pet family member, as well as other tasty treats as you munch your way through the festival.
While at the festival, stop over a few doors down at By the Spoonful, By the Spoonful features locally grown products many of which are gluten free. Katie Ruff, owner,  has graciously offered to donate profits from any cheese curds purchased at the store during the Fall Festival.

The McGregor Arts and Craft Fair is held in Triangle Park, McGregor.  Purchase handmade arts & crafts including drawing & painting, wood productions, quilting, jewelry, glass, ceramics, pottery, and more. 

The Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter is raising money to build and maintain a local animal shelter. They meet at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at City Hall in Prairie du Chien.

The public is welcome to attend. For more information, see our Facebook page, or our Web page.