Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A community Christmas welcome at Shattuck-St. Mary’s December 9, 2019





The kids.



The moms with new babies. For photos and conversations.



What a joy to stand aside and witness those magical moments Saturday afternoon at Shattuck-St. Mary’s during the private prep school’s annual Campus Christmas Walk. Each December I head to Faribault’s east side to take in this event which begins with a holiday figure skating show.


Families packed the crafting space set up in a new addition at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School on Saturday.


Family-oriented activities followed. Crafts and cookie decorating and all those Santa visits.


Musicians performed in the historic dining hall where guests also enjoyed cookies (including decorating of) and beverages.


And beautiful holiday music performed by students.


Holding the horses while riders board the wagon.



Off for a ride around campus.


And, outside Shumway Hall, horse-drawn wagon rides that circled guests around this historic campus.


Walking into a new addition at Shattuck, Randy noticed these words imprinted on the building: “It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.”


What a gift this event is to all of us. Thank you, Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, for opening your campus and connecting with the greater Faribault community, for building Christmas memories. I am grateful.

© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


8 Responses to “A community Christmas welcome at Shattuck-St. Mary’s”

  1. Littlesundog Says:

    What a wonderful place! That pop of red really brought the season to the photos! The wood in the dining hall is just gorgeous! What a lovely campus.

    • Shattuck-St. Mary’s is defined by lovely historic buildings. It seems more East Coast college than small town Minnesota private prep boarding school. Students come from all over the world to attend Shattuck. I love when this school opens the campus to the community at Christmas and Easter and for arts events. You would love it.

  2. Susan Ready Says:

    what a fun festive event for the community-I’d enjoy the sleigh ride-enjoy the holiday season

  3. Sure looks like fun! 🙂

  4. valeriebollinger Says:

    We were at the Inn at Shattuck’s for our Faribault Flyer’s Christmas party Sunday evening. Going through the gate always feels like we’re entering another world.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.