Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Luminary Tour- Friday, Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Canned food or monetary donations accepted for the Licking County Food Pantry. The Dawes Arboretum brings you an evening of illumination on the North Loop Auto Tour with 1,500 candle luminaries. Join us inside the Visitors Center after the drive for a cup of hot cocoa, a holiday treat and some activities for the whole family. All proceeds will benefit the Licking County Food Pantry.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. Call 740-323-2355 or 800-44-DAWES for information or visit www. dawesarb.org.
Licking Park District - Licking County. Don’t miss these Licking Park District events:
• Dec. 5: Christmas In the Country - Start this holiday season off right with the Licking Park District for the annual “Christmas In the Country.” This event will give your family a chance to enjoy a relaxing evening during this old fashioned Christmas event. Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, a guided night hike, chestnuts roasted over an open fire, local musical groups, a vist from St. Nicholas, childrens games and much more. Event activities start at 7:00 p.m. at the James E. Bradley Center in Infirmary Mound Park. For more information call 740-587-2535 or visit www.lickingparkdistrict.com
Courthouse Christmas Lighting - Newark. Everyone is invited to attend the Lighting Ceremony and the official start of the Holiday Season in Licking County on Friday evening, November 27th. The evening will feature the annual holiday music program, the excitement of Santa’s arrival, and lighting of the local landmark. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. The holiday music program features longtime master of ceremonies Dave Lehman. Joining Dave, on the stage, will be well known local singers Hugh Price, Amy Fraley and Hayley Feightner. Returning this year will be Doug Moran and his brass quintet ‘The Heisey Brass’ playing ‘sounds of the season’. Also, featured will be local signers Tiffany Williams and Katie Freet. Santa’s arrival is expected around 7 p.m. and with the help of children will magically turn-on the Courthouse decorations and lights.
Candlelight Walking Tour - Granville. Begin the holiday season at the 16th annual Granville Candlelight Walking Tour on Saturday, December 5, 2009. Main Stret of this charming New England style village is lined with lighted live Evergreen holiday trees. The evening is filled with carriage rides, musical events, childrens’ activities, shopping unique boutiques for that perfect gift and dining in any of the fine restaurants. Santa arrives in style on a fire engine and spends time visiting with children. For more information on this “magical night in Granville” visit GranvilleOH. com.
Celtic Christmas Celebration - Thornville. The Celtic group Evening Rose will provide a Celtic Christmas Celebration at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, at the South Shore Ministries Center on Ohio 13 and Thorn Township Road 391, two miles south of Thornville.The evening includes bagpiper Jordan Irwin. Traditional Scottish refreshments of puddings and shortbread will make this an evening to treasure. There will be a nursery for preschool children for the second half of the program. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Call 740 -246-9292 for more information.
Central Ohio Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker -Midland Theatre, Newark. Performed by remarkable area dance students and featured guest professionals, The Nutcracker is a treasured local tradition. Show times: Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, Nov 28 - 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov 28 - 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $17.50, $15, $12.50, $10 Call Box Office at 740-345-5483 or visit www.midlandtheatre.org for more information.
Live Nativity - Baltimore. New Zion United Methodist Church will present a live nativity from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec.12. (Rain date is Dec. 13.) Live animals including a camel will be included in the scene as well as music. A “secret” family gift shop (all items are $1) will be inside the church as well as children’s crafts and refreshments for all. The church is on the corner of Stemen and Snyder Church roads, northwest of Baltimore. Food donations for the Baltimore food pantry will be accepted.
Harp Ensemble Concert - New Zion United Methodist Church, Baltimore. New Zion is hosting the Dayton Area Harp Ensemble for a Christmas concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29 at the church, 10991 Snyder Church Road. The ensemble features seven harpists accompanied by flute, violin, cello and percussion. There will be a free will offering with light refreshments after the concert. Everyone is welcome.
Handel’s “Messiah” - Denison University, Granville. The Denison University Orchestra, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers will present Handel’s “Messiah” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). The event is free and open to the public. The Denison Orchestra is conducted by Andy Carlson, and both Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are directed by Wei Cheng. For more information, contact 740-587-6220 or visit www.denison.edu <http://www. denison.edu
“Venus and Adonis” - Denison University, Granville. Denison University presents the Singer’s Theatre Workshop performance of the opera “Venus and Adonis,” directed by Belinda Andrews-Smith, on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6, at 3 p.m. in Burke Recital Hall (240 West Broadway). The opera is only an hour in length, and the event is free and open to the public. “Venus and Adonis” was composed in 1683 and is based on the classical myth of Venus and Adonis.
Heisey Wind Ensemble Christmas Concert - The Reese Center at Ohio State University Newark/COTC. The Heisey Wind Ensemble presents their annual holiday program with a concert titled “Christmas, The Joy and Spirit” on Saturday, December 12, at 8:00 p.m. The 55 member concert band is under the direction of Dr. Russel Mikkelson, Director of Bands at The Ohio State University in Columbus. The band is celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2009-2010. Appearing with the HWE will be the Johnstown Monroe High School Symphonic Choir under the direction of Jeff Rings. Also featured will be former local radio personality Bob Brooker as narrator on a special arrangement by Randal Alan Bass of “The Night Before Christmas”. A capacity crowd is anticipated. Those planning to attend are urged to arrive early. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door. Adults are $10, seniors (60+) and students are $5, and children under 12 are admitted free.