The Hardin County Historical Museum will present a Vintage Christmas through Dec. 30. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 and 18. The museum is located at 223 N. Main St., Kenton. Christmas at the farm museum will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. Dec. 10. The event will feature sleigh rides, the Black Swamp Buggy Club and a visit from Santa. Admission is free. The museum is located on Fairground Road, Kenton.
This year’s Christmas Tree Gala will begin at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 11, with the silent auction running through 3:30. Also included will be a visit from Santa from 2-3 p.m., light refreshments and entertainment. This is a fundraiser for Cancer Patient Services, raising about $6,000 annually. Funds raised through the gala are used for direct client services. The gala was initiated by Fox Run Manor, which chose Cancer Patient Services as the receiving charity. Fox Run will accept donations of trees up until the day of the gala, but they prefer to have them in as soon as possible. For more information about the gala, contact the nursing home at 419-424-0832. To peruse the trees, visit Fox Run at 11745 Township Road 145.
Step back to the time of the American Civil War for a holiday tea inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s popular book, “Little Women.” The tea will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the 1867 Jones Mansion, 313 E. Sandusky St., Findlay. Join the book’s March sisters as they host an event featuring hot tea, popovers, red currant jelly, and other food straight from the book. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite character from “Little Women,” and a special prize will be given to the best-dressed guest. Admission is $20 per person and is open to all who enjoy the classic novel. Tickets are limited and are available via phone message or credit card at 419-427-5915, mail, or at the dropbox located outside to the right of the front doors of the mansion. Tickets must be purchased in advance, as no tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds from this event go toward the restoration and upkeep of the Jones Mansion.
Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers and University Chorale will headline “A Festival of Lessons and Carols,” the university’s Christmas choral concert. Dr. Mark J. Suderman, professor of music, and Jonathan Wey, visiting conductor, will conduct Camerata Singers, a select chamber choir, and the University Chorale, a 56-member mixed ensemble. Accompanying the choirs and the audience during three carols will be pianist Ana Yoder Coulter, an adjunct instructor. Students from the choirs will serve as Scripture readers. The readings, taken from prophetic writings about the Messiah’s coming and from the Christmas story, are interspersed with various Christmas pieces. Tickets are available at http://tickets.bluffton.edu or in person at the Marbeck Center information desk.
The Fostoria Community Band will present a holiday concert at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School. Some of the pieces that will be performed include “A Christmas Celebration,” “The Spirit of Christmas,” “A Canadian Brass Christmas,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Fanfare Prelude: Adeste Fidelis.” The Tuba Family Players, a nine-piece tuba ensemble, will be featured as they perform “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” and “White Christmas.” Co-directors Thomas Schetter and Jeff Buchanan will conduct the 45-member band. Musicians are from Fostoria and the surrounding area and range in age from high school to senior citizens. The concert is being sponsored by the Fostoria Community Arts Council and Ralph Sackett, in honor of the members of the 1923 Fostoria High School Band which was named national champions in the first national high school band competition.
The 11th annual concert pairing of the Old Millstream Ringers and the Millstream Singers will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St. Admission to the concert is free; a freewill offering will be taken. The groups will perform pieces together and individually, presenting both sacred and secular Christmas music. The Old Millstream Ringers is a community-based English handbell choir formed in 2000 by director Martha Avery. The group is directed by Avery and co-directed by Gail Malloy, both retired music educators. Collectively, the members have been ringing handbells for more than 300 years, performing a variety of music from sacred to secular, Broadway to Disney. For more information about the Old Millstream Ringers or to book a performance, contact Avery at 419-859-2410 or Malloy at 419-424-1751. The Millstream Singers men’s choral group of Findlay is a member of the Great Lakes Male Chorus Association and Findlay Arts Partnership. The group was formed in 1980 and has acquired an extensive library of choral music. The group, under the direction of Norman Cassidy, a retired music educator and conductor, performs at various civic functions, local events, and nursing homes in the Findlay area. The singers are accompanied by Susan Kayser on piano. In addition to traveling to big sings in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, the singers have traveled to many special events and venues, including the second annual “Men of Song” showcase at Disney World in 1998. For more information about the Millstream Singers or to book a performance, contact Cassidy at 419-927-9122 or Kim Grove at 419-425-5201.
Emily Momberg, community support provider at the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, facilitates a Girl Talk group to teach girls ages 7-13 to empower, encourage and motivate themselves and others. Meetings are held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at the Family Resource Center office, 1941 Carlin St. For more information about joining the group, call the center at 419-422-8616 or contact Momberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.