We’ve long said that at the heart and soul of our community are the people who live and work here. They are the ones who make us unique and the ones who drive our community to thrive. If they are the heart and soul, then the supporting organizations are the heartbeat – the thing that keeps them alive.
Our community is rich in the arts – including visual, literary, and performance. And through our heritage and cultural organizations our community embraces the past and uses it to drive the future, using the lessons learned to grow.
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Updates from the Findlay Art League
The Findlay Art League Show titled “Art of Your Home Town” will open in the Art League gallery on Saturday, November 30, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Work in this show will be about or related to the home town of the artist. Some will be from older collections of Findlay residents. All work will be for sale. The show will run Wednesday – Thursday, Noon – 2 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. till December 27
On Friday, Dec. 13, Jeanne Beutler will offer two classes. Paint a snow family in watercolor will be from 1 – 3 p.m.. Cost is $25, which includes supplies. Then from 6 – 8 p.m. she will offer a Paint and Sip with refreshments provided. Paint a Snowman and Cardinal in acrylic on a wooden tray. Cost is $40. Register at findlayartleague.org.
Updates from Hancock Historical Museum
Get into the holiday spirit with a visit to the museum, and enjoy the season with a bit of history during the Christmas Open House on December 7, 5 – 8 p.m. and December 8, 1 – 4 p.m.! Stroll through our campus, beautifully decorated for the holidays. Join the Hull family as they celebrate Christmas in the 1890’s, sit by the fire in the Crawford Log House, savor hot cider and seasonal goodies. Enjoy crafts and games for children, and a visit by Father Christmas! Refreshments provided. Saturday evening features live music by Standard Time Jazz Quintet from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The first 75 children on Saturday evening to complete the Christmas “passport” will receive a free Christmas picture book. Admission is $1.00 per person!
When shopping for holiday gifts, make sure to stop in the Hancock Historical Museum gift shop! With gift ideas for all ages and all interests – including collectors, history buffs, or a Findlay enthusiast, you want to make sure to include this spot on your next shopping trip!
Updates from Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Celebrate the season at MCPA!
The holiday festivities kick off on December 4 when the world renown Celtic Woman brings their Best of Christmas Tour to Donnell Theater. Featuring the Lima Symphony Orchestra, Celtic Woman has a wealth of seasonal music to gladden your heart from delicate traditional Irish carols to magnificent uplifting anthems.
On December 15 the Findlay Civic Choir performs Handel’s Messiah under the direction of SeaHwa Jung.
A Very Merry Carpenters Tribute Christmas comes to Findlay on December 19. Michelle Whited perfectly captures Karen Carpenter’s unique alto voice backed by an ensemble that creates the rich harmonies that were an integral part of the Carpenters’ signature sound.
And don’t miss our annual stocking stuffer sale on December 18.
Updates from Awakening Minds Art
Take advantage of or enjoy one of the great programs Awakening Minds Art has lined up this holiday season!
AMAzing Christmas Cards
Does your company or family send out LOTS of Christmas Cards each year? Send “cards with a purpose” this year by ordering customizable greeting cards made by students at Awakening Minds Art. Your greeting card design will be painted by a student and we can make you HUNDREDS of prints with a customizable greeting inside! Payment is a donation of your choice to Awakening Minds Art. Discuss the details with Sarah today! Sarah@awakeningmindsart | 419-302-3892
AMAzing Meeting Space
Are you looking for a creative, fun & energizing space to host your next meeting or company holiday party? Hold your next meeting with Awakening Minds Art for the cost of a donation of your choice! We can also provide a painting experience for your team. Contact Sarah for details & scheduling: 419-302-3892 | email@example.com
Sensitive Santa, Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 1 PM – 4 PM
No lines, no stress! Participants can create holiday-inspired crafts while they wait for their visit with Santa. Alcohol ink tile ornaments, holiday crafts, letters to Santa and even a special sensory gift from Santa! This event is for all ages with special needs and sensory concerns, as well as their siblings.
This is made possible by a generous donation from the Elks National Foundation. No registration required.
Ornament Painting, Monday, December 9, 2019, at 5:30 PM – 7 PM
Paint your choice of three Christmas bulbs to give as gifts or to add to your tree. Make fun memories while making handmade gifts your family and friends will be sure to cherish. Ages 5-Adult Cost: $25/person. No registration required.
Pop-up Holiday Card Making, Monday, December 16, 2019, at 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Learn the basics of making a pop-up card and then put your skills to the test in making your own holiday-inspired pop-up card. We will have some inspirations available or you can design your own. Cost: $15/person No registration required.
Information is available at awakeningmindsart.org or on Facebook.
Updates from Mazza Museum
Get into the festive spirit at the Mazza Museum with Funday Sunday and Tales for Tots! Funday Sunday combines storytelling, art stations, music, refreshments, shopping and special guests for a fun afternoon on December 1 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. The December theme is Elf’s Workshop, see all the activities taking place here!
Tales for Tots participants will take part in activities, sign language, and songs around a holiday theme on December 11! Registration begins at 10:45 a.m., story time will take place from 11 – 11:30 with an optional sack lunch to follow.
Did you know you can see the Mazza Museum at the zoo? The Mazza Museum has a gallery on the second floor of the ProMedica Museum of Natural History in the Toledo Zoo and on Sunday, December 15 the Toledo Zoo and Mazza Museum invite you to meet New York Times Bestselling Illustrator, Richard Cowdrey. Richard Cowdrey is well known for illustrating many beautiful children’s picture books, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Bad Dog, Marley! His most recent work includes, Fiona the Hippo and A Very Fiona Christmas. He will offer a presentation on his artwork with autographing to follow. Copies of A Very Fiona Christmas will be available for purchase at the event. This event doesn’t require pre-registration and is free with zoo admission.
Don’t forget to keep the Mazza Museum gift shop on your list this holiday season! There are plenty of unique and wonderful toys for children (and adults!) of all ages!
Updates from the University of Findlay
The University of Findlay has plenty of festive shows for you to enjoy this holiday season!
The University of Findlay Orchestra will be play pieces from The Nutcracker, the magic of Christmas, by Tchaikovsky, on November 24. The concert will conclude with a Christmas carol sing-along. The orchestra will be under the direction of Dr. Soojin Lee of the University of Findlay.
The University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will join to present their annual Christmas concert, Home for the Holidays, on December 8. The bands will perform familiar American holiday favorites. The featured soloist for the concert will be Sarah Kepple, a senior Pharmacy major and winner of the 2019-20 Instrumental Music Concerto Competition and the Findlay Civic Band Award. The bands will be under the direction of Jack Taylor, Professor of Music at the University of Findlay.