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By Helen E. McKinney
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December 2010 Edition

December 2010 Edition

(December 2010) – There’s no time to get bored over the Christmas vacation with so many holiday activities to take in. No matter what your preference is, some event will be taking place that will entertain every member of the family.
Vevay (Ind.) Main Street kicks off the Christmas season with “Over the River” held in conjunction with the First Friday event. Held from 6-9 p.m. downtown around the Switzerland County Courthouse on Dec. 3, the evening will be full of free festivities.
“We do a First Friday every month, but wanted something special with a lot more going on,” said Kasey Seal, Administrative Assistant for the Switzerland County Welcome Center.
A community Christmas tree will be lit at 7 p.m. with a multitude of free events that include pictures with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, art demonstrations and shopping specials, said Seal.
Winners of the first annual Wreath Decorating Contest will be announced that evening as well. Sponsored by Vevay Main Street, participants are asked to decorate “any size wreath up to 24 inches in diameter. It has to be a handmade original,” said Main Street Program Manager Michele Thompson.
Wreaths must be dropped off at 314 Ferry St. between noon and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1. Three winners will be announced on Friday, Dec. 3. First Place receives $100, Second Place receives $50, and Third Place receives $25. “From 6 to 8 p.m. people can vote for a People’s Choice award recipient,” said Thompson. The winner of this award receives $25.
The Historic Hoosier Theater will be presenting “The Nutcracker Ballet” at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. The Anneliese von Oettingen School of Ballet will present the ballet, and a special feature will be audience participation for children desiring to be part of the “mouse scene.” To do so, children must be at the theater by 10:45 a.m.
The theater will be giving away 100 free tickets to the first 100 children and adults who reside in Switzerland County.

Bedford, Ky.
Dec. 3: Light up Bedford. Celebration includes a parade, shopping, free refreshments, a visit with Santa and the lighting of Courthouse Square. Booths open at noon. Lighting at 6 p.m. (502) 255-4879.

Carrollton, Ky.
Dec. 4: “A Christmas Carroll.” An old-fashioned Victorian celebration featuring horse drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, and the holiday parade in the courthouse square. Parade begins at 11 a.m. in downtown Carrollton. Sponsored by the Carrollton Main Street Program. (502) 732-4212.

Crestwood, Ky.
Dec. 17:
“Christmas Is.” Based loosely on the historical St. Nicholas. Humorous short skits, show choir songs and dancing. 7 p.m. at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center, 7105 Floydsburg Rd. Tickets $8. (502) 241-6018.

La Grange, Ky.
Dec. 3:
“Light Up La Grange.” Presented by Discover Downtown La Grange. 6 p.m. featuring Santa’s parade, carriage rides, visits with Santa, live entertainment and specials at local shops and restaurants. (502) 222-1635 or visit www.DiscoverDowntownLaGrange.com.

Madison, Ind.
Dec. 3-4:
Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes. Celebrate the Christmas season while touring public sites and historic private homes. Adults $15, children (5-15) $5. 5-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4-7 p.m. Sunday. (812) 265-2956 or 1-800-559-2956 or visit www.nightsbeforechristmas.com.
Dec. 4: Annual Christmas Parade. Downtown Madison. Begins at 2 p.m. at Jefferson Street and ends at Mill Street. Visit Santa and see “The Polar Express” for free after the parade at the Ohio Theatre. (812) 265-8300.
Dec. 4: Santa’s Express. Short train rides leaving from Venture Out Business Center, 975 Industrial Dr. Rides every hour from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce and the Madison Railroad. Reservations required at (812) 265-3135 or (812) 273-6510.

Vevay, Ind.
Dec. 3:
First Friday Christmas. Enjoy shopping, galleries, dining and socializing. 6-9 p.m. throughout downtown Vevay. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Courthouse. 1-800-435-5688. On Dec. 4, the Over the River Christmas Celebration is from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Enjoy workshops and pictures and cookies with Santa at the Switzerland County Visitor’s Center.

Across the river, the Louisville Chorus will be performing “Christmas at Immaculate Conception (In the Presence of the Nativity)” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. This is the fifth anniversary Christmas concert the chorus will perform at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in La Grange, said Therese Davis, Executive Director and pianist for the Louisville Chorus.
The choral performance is composed of all Nativity carols, said Davis, and will last approximately one hour and 45 minutes. It is “an outreach concert to Oldham County,” she said.
“We do a trio of Christmas concerts every year,” said Davis. The second performance will be “Christmas at the Cathedral (In the Presence of the Nativity)” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Cathedral of the Assumption located at 433 S. Fifth St. in Louisville.
The Louisville Chorus concludes its holiday concerts with “A Family Concert at St. Mary’s (Holiday Music from the Heart)” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in New Albany, Ind. “This one is different; it is lighter, more family-oriented,” said Davis. “Secular holiday music is blended in as well.” Admission charged for these performances is $6 for students, $15 for seniors and $18 for general tickets.
The Louisville Chorus will also be making an appearance this year at Light Up La Grange. Linda Goin, Discover Downtown La Grange Main Street Executive Director, said “there will be more entertainment this year overall.” Performers will either be strolling the streets of La Grange or stationed on the Oldham County Courthouse Square.
Santa will make his arrival with a parade, joined by the mayor, and will light the tree at 6:30 p.m., said Goin. Children’s activities and games will be held at the Community Center on Jefferson Street.
The Oldham County History Center has a lot of activities planned as well from 5-9 p.m. on Dec. 3 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec.4. Activities for Light Up La Grange include “Meet the Grinch,” take your picture with The Grinch, a special drawing for a Max, Grinch and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” book and stuffed toy set, and an annual Amish Bake Sale.
The following day a “Looking for Max: A Grinch’s Max Look Alike Dog Contest” will be held at noon. An entry fee of $5 is charged. A Make Your Own Christmas Wreath Station will be provided and for a fee of $10, participants can choose from fresh cut greens, florist wire and ribbon to craft a holiday wreath or bough.
The same night, Dec. 3, Light Up Bedford will be taking place on the Trimble County Courthouse Square and at the Morgan Community Center in Bedford, Ky. Arts and crafts booths will be set up at the center beginning at noon. This year’s theme is “Community Celebration,” said event organizer Rita Davis.
A chili supper, sponsored by the Bedford Rotary, will be available at 6 p.m. at the center. For $6 attendees can get chili, a sandwich, drink and a dessert. Proceeds go to different organizations and projects, such as last year’s donation to Dare to Care, Davis said. Also at 6 p.m. will be a concert by local singer Dustin Temple.
At 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. the Trimble County Middle School Choir will perform at the Trimble County Courthouse. Also scheduled is a reading of the Christmas Story, local parade and the lighting of the Courthouse Square. Free refreshments will be available by the City of Bedford and free horse and carriage rides from event sponsor Ransdell Funeral Home.
After the tree lighting ceremony, Santa will journey to the Morgan Community Center for pictures. The Trimble County Middle School Band will perform at 7:35 p.m. Organizers are asking individuals to please “bring a canned food item for the Dare to Care food bank,” said Davis.
In Carrollton, Ky., “A Christmas Carroll” holiday celebration is planned at the Courthouse Square on Dec. 4. This features horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, a parade, music and crafts. The Festival of Trees will be on display at Gen. Butler State Resort Park from Dec. 5-31.
Madison, Ind., will celebrate with its annual Christmas Parade down Main Street at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. The parade will start at Jefferson Street and end at Mill Street.
The Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes will take place over the weekends of Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 3-4. Madison held its Light Up event and merchant Open House on Nov. 12. A Santa’s Express Train Excursion is planned on Dec. 4, leaving from Venture Out Business Center. It is sponsored by the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce and the Madison Railroad.
Throughout December, a trio of all-time Christmas movie favorites will be shown at the Ohio Theatre. The series kicks off on Nov. 26 to Dec. 2 with “Miracle on 34th Street,” followed on Dec. 3-6 by “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The series concludes on Dec. 10-16 with “White Christmas.” These showings are free due to the generosity of local sponsors.
“Handel’s Messiah” is scheduled for Dec. 5 at Hanover College’s Fitzgibbon Recital Hall. The town’s Art & Shop Hop night is set for Dec. 10. And Spectrum Production will produce “On the Air on Broadway” on Dec. 10-11 at The Livery Stable.
In Hanover, Ind., Hanover College will hold its annual Christmas Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lynn Hall on the campus.

• See RoundAbout’s Calendar of Events for more details on these events, including prices and contact numbers. The calendar is also available online at: www.RoundAbout.bz.

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