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Holidays in Rising Sun…

Rising Sun has full lineup
of holiday events planned

By Debra Maylum
Staff Writer

RISING SUN, Ind. (November 2004) – With November upon us, so is the holiday shopping season. The Rising Sun’s Historic Downtown Program will celebrate its “Home for the Holidays Season” with special events in November and December as merchants gear up for crowds and festivities. The first weekend in November marks the start of what is sure to be a fun and jolly holiday season.

Rising Sun Street

Photo by Don Ward

The streets of downtown Rising Sun will come alive this holiday season with many family events.

The area will be playing host to a number of events on the first Saturday of the month, Nov. 6. The Pendleton Arts Center is holding its Open House with the opening of a new gallery titled, “Use Your Imagination,” featuring works from Studio 4 artists.
The Southeastern Indiana Friends of the Arts will hold a pumpkin pie contest and encourages people to enter a pie made with their favorite recipe. Professional bakers and owners of Rising Sun’s “Eat Dessert First,” Cindy Kerr and Horst Jahn, will judge the pies. To register your pie for the contest, call (812) 438-9900. Music played by Jamon Zeiler will fill the gallery, and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres.
Additionally at the Pendleton Arts Center on Nov. 6, guest of all ages are invited to read and listen to poetry at a reading sponsored by the River Valley Winery. The reading begins at 6 p.m. at which time no more poets will be able to sign up to read their work.
Also celebrating this special kick off day is The Endearing Bookworm. The store will be offering 25 percent off all 2005 calendars and extending store hours until 9 p.m. The store is also expanding their lunch menu to include soup Tuesday through Friday and sandwiches six days a week for shoppers working up an appetite. They have also added a limited amount of professional artist supplies to their mix. Beginning Nov. 14, the store will be open seven days a week and will begin accepting used paperbacks for cash.
Solar Flair Gallery will hold its Open House from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 6 to introduce its feature show, “Mood, Tone, Texture.” Visitors can view oil paintings by Cindy Crofoot. The artist specializes in still life and will be showing landscapes for the first time. Guests can register all day for a chance to win a full Tarot Card reading by Regan Wann in addition to the 10 minute “Readings by Wann” that will be available from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Ohio County Historical Society is holding a number of events to help everyone get into the holiday spirit beginning with its Teddy Bear Auction. The event runs from Nov. 6 to Dec. 5 and features bears handmade by Lois Latsche and decorated by businesses and individuals throughout the area. The one-of-a-kind collectible bears make a perfect holiday gift. A Teddy Bear Tea from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. will get the auction under way.
The Ohio County Historical Society is holding a Marketplace Bake Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 20. The sale will include desserts and other goodies as well as arts and crafts booths. Starting Nov. 26, the historical society will display its collection of operating model trains. Guest can view the trains during regular museum hours until Dec. 30.

Rising Sun gazebo

Photo by Don Ward

Rising Sun's gazebo will be the location
for some of this season's holiday events.

Downtown Rising Sun will have free horse drawn carriage rides the weekend of Nov. 13-14 and at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Historic Downtown is sponsoring the inaugural “Christmas Critter Parade.” Everyone is welcome to bring his sociable and well-behaved pets to participate in the event.
The parade assembly will be at the Rising Sun City Hall parking lot on Walnut Street. To walk your pet in the parade, be ready to assemble, with your pet on a leash, by 10:30 a.m. Local animal shelters will have pets available for adoption on hand to play, but if you fall in love and take one home, be sure to participate in the parade next year.
The Work Shoppe and Home Among Friends Holiday Open Houses will take place the weekend of Nov. 13-14. Both events run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon until 4 p.m. Sunday. The Work Shoppe offers a one-of-a-kind chance to create your own holiday craft projects. Home Among Friends will have many unique gifts on hand. There will be refreshments and prizes at both events.
Festivities will fill downtown on Dec. 4-5 for the “Home for the Holiday Weekend,” including carriage rides, live reindeer, a live nativity scene, Santa’s workshop, music and more. Have fun and get some of you holiday shopping out of the way at the same time by taking advantage of some of the special offers merchants will be offering during the event.
Come out with your family and friends to enjoy the community and get into the Christmas spirit in the weeks leading up to the holidays.

• For more information, call the Rising Sun Tourism Office at 1-888-776-4786 or Historic Downtown Rising Sun at (812) 438-2750.

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