As I was driving through town Sunday night, I couldn't help but notice how many houses were decked out in all their Christmas finery. Wow, what a show! People really took advantage of the nice weather this weekend to put up their lights for the holiday season. I would love to showcase these houses in my newsletter every week. If you see a house that you would like to share with me and the other readers, snap a picture and e-mail it to me or let me know the address and I will take the picture myself.
I would also like to hear about special events happening in the community—food drives, caroling, Christmas parties, sledding parties, Christmas programs, coat drives, toy drives, etc.—anything that you think helps get people in the Christmas spirit.
Here are a few pictures to get things started.
105 Pleasant View Cir
E. Eldora Ave.
611 E. Eldora Ave.
101 N. East St.
“Journey Into Christmas” Holiday Open House
A year’s worth of activities celebrating A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich as the One Book One Nebraska selection for 2009 will conclude with the annual “Journey Into Christmas” Holiday Open House at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House. Located at 204 East F St., Elmwood, NE, the event runs every Saturday and Sunday in December from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Eleven rooms in the author’s historic home have been dressed for the holidays. Rooms are decorated by local clubs and families, each with its own tree and unique theme. Visitors are invited to enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cider after their tour.
Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 6-12. Visit www.BessStreeterAldrich.org for more information.
The Otoe County Genealogical Society will hold its December 10th meeting at the Talmage Public Library in Talmage, Nebraska. This meeting will welcome all new members into the society, and will also cover topics of interest concerning genealogical research in the Otoe County area. This meeting is open to all who are interested in joining the society, or just wish to attend to learn more about genealogical research in general.
During this meeting, OCGS President, Curtis Wolbert, will present a class on 'Obtaining Federal Records', covering which records the U.S. Government maintains on its citizens, and how someone can easily obtain these records through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Visitors are also encouraged to check out the library's Genealogy Reference Area, which maintains numerous genealogical records of the citizens of Talmage, and also maintains the original copies of the 'Talmage Tribune' & 'Talmage Topics' newspapers.
Our society meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm. Please check out our website, or contact the Morton-James Public Library or the Otoe County Museum of Memories for more information.
The Lofte Theatre
The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces that its holiday production of Robert Fulgham's "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" will open on Friday, December 4. Fulgham is perhaps best known for writing the humorous book, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."
Directed by Kevin Colbert, "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" weaves together a string of Christmas stories and original holiday songs. It is a charming look at the struggle to find the spirit of Christmas amid the avalanche of commercialism and chaos that descends upon us each December. Actors will be accompanied on stage by Lynnette Zimmer playing a baby grand piano onstage through much of the show.
The cast consists of Chuck Danskin of Lincoln, Virginia Kincaid of Elkhorn, Scott Pope of Eagle, Anna Strobel of Omaha and Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water. Performance dates are Dec 4-6, 11-13 and 17-20. Showtimes are 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday. Tickets are $16, and reservations can be made by calling the Lofte box office at (402) 234-2553 or purchased online at www.Lofte.com.
Lofte Gift Certificates for Christmas!
They're always the right size and guarantee a memorable evening!
One general admission ticket is $16. It can be redeemed for any one of our regular season plays.
Or, save 33% by purchasing a season pass! For $60 you can let your loved ones enjoy each of our five season plays.
2010 Shows: Heaven Can Wait
Guys & Dolls
Christmas at Leon's
Purchase your gift certificates today by calling our box office at 234-2553. Box Office Hours 9am-1pm Monday -Friday. If requested, we can arrange to mail the gift certificate directly to the recipient!
"A Christmas Lottery"
Opens Mahoney Winter Theatre Season
Mahoney State Park announces the opening of its winter theater season with the touching holiday story, "A Christmas Lottery" by Dave Brandl, Charles and Donna Ault. "Lottery" tells the story of George and Mary Williams, winners of a $40 million lottery prize. They host "Radio Riches," a broadcast where they receive calls and letters from people seeking assistance, and then they share the stories about the people they help. Who is the most deserving and what will they really receive for Christmas? Enjoy heartfelt examination of the value of money vs. the quality of life.
Directed by Mike Sewell the cast includes Stacy White and Shari Hoelker of Omaha, Jim Knierim of Louisville and Tom Lucas of Papillion. Performances are November 28, 29, Dec 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 26, 27-30. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Sunday, December 27th is the only exception; it will have no 2pm matinee, but an evening performance at 7:30pm.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Mahoney State Park also offers a dinner and show package which includes a meal at Peter Kiewit Lodge. The price for the dinner/show combination is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. A Nebraska state park sticker or purchased day pass will be required to enter the park.
Those planning on attending the show are encouraged to come a little early and enjoy a cruise around the beautiful Mahoney State park scenery. The colors are beautiful this time of year!
Jim Knierim and Stacy White (sitting) struggle to fulfill the many requests they receive for assistance. Shari Hoelker and Tom Lucas (standing) bicker over who is more deserving to receive "A Christmas Lottery."
EIGHTH ANNUAL ALDRICH FOUNDATION
SHORT STORY CONTEST
Original short stories by Nebraska authors are currently being accepted for the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation’s 2010 short story contest.
A new division for Intermediate School Students, Grades 3-5, is being added this year.
Story length should be 1,000-2,000 words (there is no minimum word requirement for the Intermediate category) and submissions should be written in the wholesome spirit displayed by Bess Streeter Aldrich in her works. No essays, please. Books by the author that writers can read to get ideas about content and style are:
Short Works 1907-1919 Mother Mason
Short Works 1920-1954 The Rim of the Prairie
The Cutters A Lantern in her Hand
Spring Came on Forever A White Bird Flying
Miss Bishop Song of Years
The Lieutenant’s Lady Journey into Christmas
The Drum Goes Dead The Man who Caught the Weather
Prizes will be awarded at the annual Spring Banquet of the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation.
Cash prize amounts are:
Adult: 1st Prize $100.00, 2nd Prize $50.00, 3rd Prize $25.00.
High School (grades 9-12) and Middle School (grades 6-8): 1st Prize $50.00,
2nd Prize $25.00, 3rd Prize $15.00.
Intermediate School: 1st Prize $25.00, 2nd Prize $15.00, 3rd Prize $10.00.
Writers, please send a cover sheet with your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, title of story, and two copies of your story, one with your name and one without. Include a line telling how you learned about the contest. For students, add age, grade, school, and teacher’s name to the cover sheet. Please enclose a SASE for return of contest results. Stories will not be returned. Families of Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation Board Members are not eligible.
The due date for submissions is the author’s birthday, February 17, 2010 (postmark date). Send submissions to: Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation, P.O. Box 167, Elmwood, NE 68349. A complete list of rules can be found at http://www.bessstreeteraldrich.org/.
Fiddle Tune Contest
1st PLACE: $100.00 2nd PLACE: $50.00 3rd PLACE: $25.00
This event inspires fiddlers to compose their own tunes, and supports the cause of string education throughout the great state of Nebraska.
The winners will be announced on May 29, 2010, during the Monumental Fiddling Championship held at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska. The winning compositions will be performed at the Monumental Fiddling Championship, and printed in Stringing Along, the journal of the Nebraska Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
Direct your questions to:
The Old Schoolhouse,
PO Box 671,
Avoca, Nebraska, 68307-0671,
The 2010 Contest Rules and Guidelines:
1. Each submission should be an original composition which must be unpublished and composed after March 31, 2009.
2. Composers may submit more than one tune, but only one prize will be awarded to any one composer.
3. Four copies of the music must be submitted via computer generated sheet music, or hand-written sheet music.
4. The composer should include their name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and the title of the piece.
5. The entry fee of $20.00 should be sent in at the time of submission. Checks should be payable to Nebraska ASTA.
6. If you wish to receive written evaluation of your tune by the judges, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your entry.
7. Nebraska ASTA assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to works submitted.
8. Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2010.
9. Send your entry to Deborah Greenblatt, The Old Schoolhouse, PO Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska,68307-0671. The composer is responsible for keeping a copy of their work, as well as for copyrighting their tune.
10. The composer understands that if their tune is one of the winners, Nebraska ASTA has permission to have the piece performed on May 29, 2010, in Beatrice, Nebraska, as well as permission to reprint the tune in Stringing Along, the newsletter of Nebraska ASTA.
Greenblatt & Seay Publications, in Avoca, Nebraska is a proud Sponsor of the Nebraska ASTA Fiddle Tune Composition Contest.
For more information about the Nebraska American String Teachers Association, log on to the web site at www.neasta.org.
Thurs., Dec. 3:
- Boys Wrestling Triangular @ Home vs. DC West & Fremont Bergan @ 6:00 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 4:
- Boys & Girls JV/V BB @ Home vs. Malcolm BJV 4:00/GJV 5:30/GV 7:15/BV 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 5:
- "Come Home For Christmas" in Weeping Water
- Boys Wrestling @ Friend Invitational @ 10:00 a.m.
- Boys & Girls C-Team BB @ Louisville Invitational @ 10:00 a.m.
- Girls JV/V Basketball @ Home vs. Omaha St. Pete Claver @ 4:00/6:00 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 7:
- Boys JH Basketball @ Louisville @ 5:00 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 8:
- Girls JV/V Basketball @ Home vs. Conestoga @ 6:00/7:30 p.m.
Please let me know if you have any news that you would like to be featured in the weekly newsletter. I would love to include any events, news, and/or pictures for the community to enjoy.