11/21/2012 11:29:00 AM Holiday Happenings - A Calendar of Events
November 23 & 24 Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music For laughs, fun and singing the Hoogland Center for the Arts presents, Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music on Friday night, November 23 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday night, November 24 at 7:00 p.m. Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is not just a chance to see the classic movie on the big screen; it’s a major audience participation event with subtitles for all the songs. Tickets are $15 and are available at the box office, by calling 217/523-2787, or by visiting www.hcfta.org
November 24 Village of Raymond Christmas Mall The Christmas Mall at the KC Hall in Raymond will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Christmas Mall will be filled with a wonderful assortment of vendors including: Pampered Chef with Pam Schaeffer, Matli family goat products, Christmas decorations by Linda Scott, Norwex with Cec Pitchford, Resident Chef products by Dena Adden, Tastefully Simple with Alicia Grosenheider, children's books by Lettie Crays, Shirley Owens' candies, soy candles with Tracy Patrick, Christmas decorations, sleds and snowmen by Clara Lessman, fused glass jewelry by Lori Smith, and many more! American Legion Post 299 will serve soups, sandwiches and desserts. For more information, please contact MaDonna Wempen at 217-229-3584 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lighting Of Downtown Assumption The Assumption Community Pride Association presents, the “Lighting of the Downtown Christmas Lights” on Saturday, November 24th at 6:00 p.m. Supper will be served at the Bromwell Lodge. Free cocoa and cookies will be shared by the Assumption Woman’s Clubs inside the VFW Hall and entertainment will take place in front of the Assumption First National Bank. Village of Raymond Open Houses The Village of Raymond will host their annual open houses on Saturday, November 24th in which the public can stop by, enjoy refreshments, register for door prizes and discover the products and services offered by many Raymond businesses around town. Participating businesses include: Blessed Hope Baptist Church with many hand-crafted items including farm tables, the West End and Shell Stations, Lancer Market and The Bank and Trust who will host Santa Claus in the mornings and a photographer will be there to take pictures with Santa and refreshments will be served. Pana Lion’s Club Annual Parade Santa Claus will arrive in Pana on Saturday, November 24th during the Pana Lion’s Club Annual Parade. After Santa arrives a free kids movie, The Polar Express, will be shown at the Roseland Theater sponsored by Bob Riding Motors, Downs Motor and Hubbartt Motors. The Pana Lion's Club will assist Santa again this year. Contact the Chamber Office for information or to register your parade entry. The Parade will assemble on the corner of Fifth and Locust Streets at 9:30 a.m. and the parade will step off at 10:00 a.m. For more information contact the Pana Chamber at 562-4240.
November 28 Sangamon Valley Community Orchestra "Fall Favorites!" The Sangamon Valley Community Orchestra opens the 2012-2013 season with its “Fall Favorites!” concert with new Music Director and Conductor, Aaron Kaplan on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatre III. The concert will feature Strauss' Overture to “Die Fledermaus,” Copland's Buckaroo Holiday from “Rodeo,” Delius' Sleigh Ride, and Schubert' Symphony No. 8 in B minor “Unfinished.” The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the Hoogland Center for the Arts box office by phone at 217.523.2787 or in person at 420 S Sixth St, Springfield, IL.
November 29 Capitol Chamber Singers Christmas CandleLight Concert At 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 29th the Taylorville Area Arts Council will present the 10th Annual Capitol Chamber Singers Christmas Candle Light Concert at the First Presbyterian Church in Taylorville. Admission is Free.
November 30 Chili & Sandwich Fall Fundraiser Supper atCamp One Way A soup and sandwich supper will be held as a fall fund raiser at Camp One Way on Friday, November 30th. Serving will be from 4-7 p.m., with carry-out available. Chili, white chili, or cheese soup will be served, along with sandwiches, desserts, and drink for a minimum donation of $8, or $4 for children under 10. Christmas gifts will also be featured: "Stories God Writes: His story at Camp One Way- a 40 year history is available for $20. A Recipe Book of Camp favorites is $10, and gift registrations for a camper for winter camps can also be made. Camp One Way is an inter-denominational camp and retreat ministry, operating year-round at its location on County Highway 2, just east of Mt. Auburn. For more information, contact Camp One Way by phone, 217-676-2533 or by e-mailing email@example.com. University of Ill. Fall Music Showcase The University of Illinois will host it's Fall Music Showcase, "Blow the Candles Out," Fri., Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the studio theatre of the UIS Public Affairs Center. The concert will feature the UIS chorus, chamber orchestra and band. It is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to benefit the UIS music student merit award
November 30 - December 1 First United Methodist Church Cookie Walk & Bazaar First United Methodist Church, 222 N. Hanover St, Moweaqua, will hold their annual Cookie Walk & Bazaar Fri., Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with the Cookie Walk on Sat., Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Vendors will be on hand Friday and Saturday and will include: Needlecraft Treasures, Wall Street Embroidery, Watkins Products, Tupperware, 31 Gifts, Jewelry by Chan, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Gift Items by Matt, Kellee & Brenda Alward and D & S Greenhouse and Nursery. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. both days and will include: chili or cheese soup, barbecue or chicken salad sandwiches, pie and a drink.
November 30; December 2, 7-9 & 14-16 “White Christmas” at Hoogland Center for the Arts Springfield Theatre Centre presents “White Christmas”, directed by Leigh Ann Smith, November 30-December 2, 7-9, & 14-16 Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. in the LRS Theatre, first floor of the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield. Join them for a preshow dinner on Friday, November 30th at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served by Arena Food Service. To reserve your seat for the dinner, call 523-2787; Cost is $33.00. Tickets for the performance only are $12-18 and are available at the box office, by calling 217/523-2787, or by visiting www.hcfta.org
November 30; December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 “Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas” at New Salem Visitor’s Center Lincoln Land Community College Theatre invites the public to a newly adapted version of the Charles Dickens classic entitled, “Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas.” The production will be staged Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, Dec. 2 and 9 at 3 p.m. at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site Visitor’s Center. Tickets, at $12 each, are available by calling 217.632.5440 (800.710.9290). “Annie” at Jacksonville Theatre The Jacksonville Theatre Guild presents “Annie” Nov. 30 - Dec.1 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. In the depths of the 1930's, Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Come see Annie sing and dance her way into your heart. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children 12 years and younger. Visit www.jaxtg.com or call 217-245-1402. December 1 Breakfast with Santa & Gingerbread Workshop at Children’s Museum of Illinois Enjoy breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus and make a holiday craft at Children’s Museum of Illinois’ Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, December 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Cost is $7 per person for museum members and $10 per person for non-members. Cost includes admission to the museum. Must be pre-paid and pre-registered; only 80 spots available. Registration deadline for this event is Saturday, November 24. Also join the museum staff for their version of a holiday tradition – without the baking – at the museum’s Gingerbread Workshop, Saturday, December 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cost is $15 per gingerbread house for museum members and $20 per gingerbread house for non-members; three people per house. Cost includes admission to the museum. Must be pre-paid and pre-registered; only 18 houses available. Registration deadline for this event is also Saturday, November 24. “A Christmas Madrigal - Past and Present” at Vachel Lindsay Home The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is offering both at a madrigal dinner Dec. 1 at the Vachel Lindsay Home Historic Site. The Lincoln Land Community College Madrigal Singers will perform “A Christmas Madrigal – Past and Present” at the Lindsay home, while Real Cuisine and chef Ashley Glatz will provide the meal. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance. They can be obtained at Tinsley Dry Goods on Sixth Street near the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices or by sending a check to the Vachel Lindsay Association, P.O. Box 9356, Springfield, IL 62791-9356. The deadline for reservations is end of business on Friday, Nov. 24. For more information, call the Vachel Lindsay Home at 217-524-0901. The performance of choral music, directed by Sue Hamilton, includes both Renaissance and contemporary madrigals. It is co-sponsored by the Vachel Lindsay Association.
December 1 Village of Morrisonville “Old Fashioned Christmas” Morrisonville’s “Old Fashioned Christmas” will be held Saturday, December 1. The community's business district will be hosting open houses and offering a variety of treats and specials for holiday shoppers. The main street shops hosting open houses will be Becker Clothing, Lowe Hardware, Sloan Furniture, Morrisonville Bank, First National Bank, Stewart's Market, Up Town Cafe, Morrisonville Times, Bullard's Entertainment Center, the Post Office, Casey's General Store and Kitchell Memorial Library. Begin your day by having donuts and coffee from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church on the corner of 5th & Ricks Streets. Santa will arrive at the Morrisonville Bank at 9:30 a.m. The Methodist Women's Bazaar will be in full swing offering a large variety of homemade candy, their delicious divinity, a Christmas Cookie Walk, hand made woven rugs, and Christmas wreaths and crafts. Art work by local artists will also be available. A lunch of homemade vegetable soup, chili, chicken salad and cheese sandwiches, dessert and drink will be also be served from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. South Fork SchoolsHoliday Fiesta South Fork Schools will hold their Holiday Fiesta on Saturday, December 1st from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Kincaid High School. There will be over 50 vendors and all proceeds will benefit the South Fork Schools P.T.C. Main Street's Twilight Christmas Parade Main Street’s Twilight Christmas Parade will be held on the downtown Square at 5 p.m. Theme for this year is “Everything Silver & Gold." The parade committee will award cash prizes in three categories including: "Best Theme Float", "Best Lighted Entry" and "Best Family Float". Come early and enjoy the THS Madrigal Singers and hot chocolate at US Bank!
December 2 “My Grown Up Christmas List” presented by The Jane Hartman Trio The LLCC has announced that The Jane Hartman Trio will present, “My Gown Up Christmas List” on Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. for free as part of their Lincoln Land Community College Recital Series. The trio consists of Jane Hartman (pictured), LLCC professor of music; Gene Haas, LLCC professor emeritus of music; and Brian Justison, professor of music at Millikin University. The 4 p.m. concert is free and open to the public and will be held in the Trutter Center on the LLCC Springfield campus. In addition to the title selection, the recital will include other holiday favorites such as “O Holy Night,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The Boston Brass & Brass All-Star Big Band: Christmas Bells are Swingin’ The Boston Brass and Brass All-Star Big Band: Christmas Bells are Swingin’ will appear at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Sangamon Auditorium as part of the Visiting Artists Series at the University of Illinois Springfield. Christmas Bells are Swingin’ is the group’s boisterous spin on Christmas music, taking jazz musical pieces to another level. Tickets for this event are on sale now. Visit www.SangamonAuditorium.org for more information or call the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 or toll free at 800-207-6960. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and two hours prior to each Sangamon Auditorium event. Christmas Concert at TJHS Mrs. Kathy Coady, elementary music teacher, is conducting a Christmas Concert with the fourth and fifth Grade Chorus at the Junior High School in Taylorville on Sunday, Dec. 2nd at 2 p.m.
December 3 North Elementary Christmas Program The kindergarten and 1st grade students and staff of North Elementary will present their Christmas program at 6:00 p.m. in the all purpose room.
December 5 “A Christmas Madrigal - Past and Present” atOld State Capitol Lincoln Land Community College Madrigal Singers who will perform “A Christmas Madrigal – Past and Present”. A free performance will be offered Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Old State Capitol downtown Springfield. The performance features both Renaissance and contemporary madrigals. First Presbyterian Church Holly Fair Bazaar First Presbyterian Church of Taylorville Holly Fair Bazaar will be held Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Christmas items will include: Handwork, Golden Angels, Candy & Bake Shop and lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The lunch cost is $6 and will include sloppy joes or chicken salad sandwiches, vegetable beef soup, dessert and beverage.
December 7, 8 & 9 Richland Community College presents “The Nutcracker Ballet” The Continuing and Professional Education Division of Richland Community College is pleased to present the holiday tradition of “The Nutcracker Ballet”. Performances are on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 9, at 2:30 p.m. Advance purchase is requested to ensure seating. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased over the phone with a credit card by calling (217) 875-7211, ext. 6170, or in person at the NSEC, National Sequestration and Education Center, President Howard Brown Blvd. on Richland Campus. For more information, please call 875-7211, Ext. 6170
December 8 TAAC 2nd Annual Gala: “Moonstruck” Sat., Dec. 8th the Taylorville Area Arts Council will hold their 2nd Annual Gala, “Moonstruck” at the Christian County Court House from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Ticket are $30.00 and may be purchased at Rebecca’s Antiques or Little Luxuries. Local artist’s work will be displayed and auctioned, music will be provided by the Sangamon Brass Quintet and Judge Ron Spears and Bill Kennedy to present short talks on Lincoln and the Architecture of the Court House. First Baptist Church Annual Cookie Walk The First Baptist Church, 303 E. Market Street, in Taylorville will hold a cookie walk from 9:00 a.m. - noon on Saturday, December 8th in the Fellowship Hall. The price of the cookies are $6 a pound and all cookies are homemade. Please use the Pawnee Street entrance. The Fellowship Hall is down the stairs and to the left. Those needing a elevator may use the entrance off the parking lot. Money from this project is used to fund the various mission projects the ladies support. Calvary BaptistChurch Brunch The Calvary Baptist Church Ladies will host a brunch at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012. Tickets are $10 per person. To purchase tickets, call the church office at 824-2324. The church is located at 930 Haner Ave. in Taylorville. Christmas Tea, “TakingTea on the Titanic” On Saturday, Dec. 8, the Taylorville Memorial Hospital will open its doors at 10:30 a.m. for Christmas Tea “Taking Tea on the Titanic.” Authentic recipes served on the Titanic will be served. Tea tickets may be purchased at Cottage Rose Gifts and Crafts on the east side of the historic Taylorville Square. This event will be held in the TMH Auditorium.
December 9 “A Christmas Madrigal - Past and Present” at Cathedral Church of St. Paul Lincoln Land Community College Madrigal Singers who will perform “A Christmas Madrigal – Past and Present”. A free performance will be offered Sunday, Dec. 9, 4:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 815 S 2nd St., Springfield. The performance features both Renaissance and contemporary madrigals.
December 13 Stonington Elementary Christmas Program The Christmas Program for Stonington Elementary will be held Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the school. The kindergarten and third grade classes will perform "The Joy of Christmas".
December 14 Supper with Santa and Mrs. Claus and Live Nativity at Manners Park There will be lots of holiday cheer as the children have the opportunity to enjoy Supper with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Manners Park dining hall. This event is sponsored by McDonald’s and there will be plenty of fun and magic with Richard Landry and his magic rabbit Snowball. Bring your camera and take pictures of the magical and hilarious antics that you will witness during the program. Pre-registration is required and limited to 100 children only participants. Also the Live Nativity by the Church of the Nazarene will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
December 14 - 25 Christmas in the Park Drive through 55 acres of beautiful Manners Park and view over 85 illuminated displays! The light display will be open Friday, December 14 through Tuesday, December 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 15 Little Miss & Little Mister Snowflake Pagent The Little Miss & Little Mister Snowflake Pagent will be held Saturday, December 15th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Manners Park Dining Hall.
December 16 Christmas Carolingat the Carillon The Rees Memorial Carillon in Washington Park, Springfield, will host Christmas Caroling at the Carillon on Sun., Dec. 16, 4:30-5:00 p.m. The sing-along will be held around a roaring bonfire and will be accompanied by the 67 Carillon bells. Souvenir song books and cookies and hot cocoa will be provided. The event is free of charge, handicap accessible and open to the public. For more information: 21-546-3853 or www.carillon-rees.org. Vespers Concert at Taylorville High School Vespers will be held in the Taylorville High School cafeteria at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16th. This concert includes the Taylorville Junior High School 8th Grade Choir, the Taylorville High School (THS) Mixed Choir, THS Madrigal Singers and THS Concert Choir, plus a special appearance by the Madrigal Brass ensemble. Children’s Christmas Program at Way of Life Church The Way of Life Church will have it's annual Children's Christmas Program on Sunday evening December 16th, 2012 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
December 16 Children’s Christmas Program at GraceBaptist Church Grace Baptist Church, 900 West Northern Ave., will host their Children's Christmas Program at 6:00 p.m. Call 824-3405 for more information. Christmas Goodie Bake Off Bring your baked goods and candies to the Manners Park dining hall from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Judging begins at 1:00 p.m. Categories for Bake Off: 1) Cookie (bar, rolled, dropped) 2) Non-Yeast Bread 3) Candy 4) Divinity 5) Fudge. Enter as many categories as you wish. Entries will be judged on color, appearance, texture, consistency, flavor and size. Craft Night &Cookie Decorating Kids Craft Night and Cookie Decorating from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Manners Park dining hall. Bring in your child/children and choose from an assortment of Christmas crafts that kids can make themselves! They can also enjoy decorating Christmas cookies and have a visit with Santa Claus. Children's Christmas Program, "Follow the Star" The First Presbyterian Church of Taylorville will present their Children’s Christmas Program entitled “Follow the Star” on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 9:45 a.m. All children of the church, ages 2-12th grade, are invited to participate in this year's program and everyone is invited to come enjoy it! This is a wonderful play that shares the message that "Jesus is the true star of Christmas"! St. Paul Lutheran Church Caroling & Christmas Party A Caroling and Christmas Party will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 208 E. Fourth St., Pana on Sunday, December 16th with caroling beginning at 4:00 p.m., followed by the party at 6:00 p.m.
December 17 Soup with Santaand Mrs. Claus Enjoy homemade soup (three different kind) with Santa and Mrs. Claus featuring Tim the Twister and Sunshine the Clown with face painting and balloon sculpting from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event will be held in the Manners Park dining hall.
December 18 Kids N Kritters Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus There is no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than having pictures taken during Kids-N-Kritters Pictures with Santa from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Manners Park dining hall. This is your chance to capture a special moment in your pets and/or child's life. Carey Photography will be the photographer and has requested a donation of $5 or bring an item (food, blankets, toys and more) for the local animal shelter to help with their Christmas party for the animals. Attendees will get a professional 5x7 photo of their pet and/or child with Santa.
December 19 Family Dinner andBingo with Sonny Music will be provided by "A Family Affair" from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Activities begin at 5:00 p.m. and all ages are welcome. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. which is free, but requires a ticket from park office. Bingo will be played after dinner. Seating is limited to the first 125 people.
December 20 Santa visits Manners Park Children can come see Santa from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Manners Park dining hall.
December 21 Kids R KidsChristmas Dance Kids R Kids the special needs group will hold their Christmas Dance from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Manners Park dining hall. The Live Nativity by the Church of the Nazarene from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. outside of the dining hall. Taylorville Junior High School Christmas Assembly The Taylorville Junior High School will host their 2012 Christmas Assembly Fri., December 21 at 10:00 a.m.
December 20 - 23 “A Very Hoogland Christmas” Hoogland Center for the Arts presents “A Very Hoogland Christmas” Dec. 20-23 Thursday & Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday at 2 p.m. The Hoogland Center for the Arts is pleased to present an old-fashioned Christmas revue featuring the talents of many local performers. Tickets are $17-$18 and are available at the box office, by calling 217/523-2787, or by visiting www.hcfta.org
December 22 & 23 Santa visits Manners Park Children can come see Santa from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Manners Park dining hall.
December 23 “God So Loved The World”, Adult Choir Musical The Adult Choir of Grace Baptist Church will present, “God So Loved The World” on Sunday, December 23 at 10:30 a.m. Grace Baptist Church is located at 900 West Northern Avenue in Taylorville. For additional information, please call 824-3405. Christmas Candlelight Service at GraceBaptist Church Taylorville’s Grace Baptist Church, 900 West Northern Ave., will hold their Christmas Candlelight Service at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 23rd. For additional information, please call 824-3405. Christmas Service at Lighthouse Apostolic Church Lighthouse Apostolic Church, corner of Houston and Franklin Streets in Taylorville, will hold their Christmas Service at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 23, 2012. Everyone is welcome to attend. Children’s Christmas Service St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pana, will hold their Children’s Christmas Service during the Divine Service on Sunday, December 23rd.
December 24 Christmas Eve Service at Calvary Baptist Church The Calvary Baptist Church, 930 Haner Ave, in Taylorville will hold their Christmas Eve Service at 6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at St. Paul Lutheran St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pana will hold their Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 7:00 and 11:30.