The annual Christmas open house at the Putnam County Museum involves more than putting up a tree and pulling out a few decorations. This year, the museum will be adorned with more than 170 nativity sets. “Crèches and Choirs” will open to the public from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Nativity scenes in all shapes and sizes have been loaned for the open house. They are now displayed throughout the rooms of the museum, which is housed in a former church at 201 E. Main St., Kalida. Sets were loaned from businesses, churches and individuals. Several historic nativities can be seen, including those from Jennings Memorial Hall in Fort Jennings, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ottoville and St. Barbara’s Catholic Church, Cloverdale. The open house will also feature music, carols played on the parlor organ, refreshments and a sneak peek at the newly constructed annex. Admission is free. The museum is handicapped accessible.
The Hancock County Children’s Choir will present two holiday performances featuring classic Christmas songs. The choir will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Kiwanis Club’s Santa’s Village at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 120 W. Sandusky St., along with the Findlay First Edition. The groups will collect donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste for the Christian Clearing House. The choir will also perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at 50 North, 339 E. Melrose Ave., with the Glenwood Middle School Northern Lights. The event benefits Toys for Tots. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy.
“Coffee with a Cop” for December will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at We Serve. Coffee, 114 E. Sandusky St., Findlay. Members of the Findlay Police Department and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office will be present. There is no agenda. It is meant to be a chance to get to know officers in the community.
The second annual Riley Creek Christmas Tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, including four stops along the Riley Creek near Pandora. The first stop is the Bridenbaugh One-Room Schoolhouse located at 14022 Road 6. This building is on the National Register of Historic Places and will be decorated for a 19th century Christmas. There will be refreshments and musical entertainment. The next stop is the McCullough Log Cabin at 14503 Road 6, owned by Tom and Jane McCullough of Pandora. This 2½-story log home was originally built in 1860 and is furnished primarily with 19th century furniture from Putnam County. Tom’s blacksmith/gun shop and recently reconstructed single pen log barn will also be open. Red Fox Cabin is a 1½-story log cabin built in 1853 by German immigrants and moved from West Virginia in 1995. Stop in, sit by a cozy fire and enjoy other refreshments. The cabin will be decorated with natural materials from The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm on which the cabin is located, 1/8 mile north of 14321 Road 7L. Since 1850 when it was built by pioneers, Riley Creek United Methodist Church has provided an uplifting, peaceful place for worship. The church is located northwest of Pandora at the intersection of county roads M and 7L, across from Putman Aggregates. There is no charge for this tour. Contact Peggy Bridenbaugh at 419-363-0075 for more information.
The annual children’s holiday workshop, hosted by Fostoria Community Arts Council, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the arts council office, 125 S. Main St., Fostoria. The free workshop, under the direction of Cheryl Graves, will include a variety of holiday projects for children, first through fifth grade. For more information, or registration, contact Graves at 419-435-7474.
“The Benefits of Energy Efficiency” will be presented from 10-11 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Putnam County District Library’s Kalida-Union Township location. Zachary Hoffman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will be the speaker.
The Bluffton/Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society Christmas Open House, “Christmas at the Homestead,” will be held from 1-6 p.m. Saturday at the Schumacher Homestead. The public is invited to tour the decorated 1843 house while snacking on homemade treats and listening to songs of the season. Guests can watch food being prepared in the fireplace, hand dip a candle, play a game of checkers, string popcorn, shop in the gift shop and chat with staff about the history of the house and typical life in the 1840s. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. The Schumacher Homestead is located at 8350 Bixel Road, Bluffton.