Monday, December 3, 2012

'Everything's Free' Holiday Traditions Continue in Lake County this week

Last weekend saw three Holiday Traditions continue.  On December 1st, Harbor Holidays and the Grinch Event at Fairport Harbor Lighthouse took place.  In excess of 500 people attended the evening Grinch reading on Second Street.  December 2nd witnessed the continuation of one of Lake County's most beloved family tours.  The Lake County Historical Society held their annual bus tour.  Five unique sites were visited and a 'cookie tin' and holiday cookie awaited guests.  St. Gabriel's Church in Concord Twp. held its annual Handel's Messiah Chorus program.  Over 185 volunteer voices came together to pratice for nearly two months to bring the musical classic about the Life of Christ to the public.

This first full week of December offers some more traditional favorites for all to experience.  Both are free so lets delight in the details-

Unto Us a Son is Given -  The tenth anniversary nativity exhibit at Historic Kirtland is now open to the public beginning at 9am Monday through Saturday and from 11:30am-8pm on Sundays.  Nativity exhibits fill the visitor center and adjacent red schoolhouse.  This event is in its tenth year and has garnered many awards, including a designation as one of North America's top 100 events.  New in 2012 is a retelling of the age-old Christmas story, first done by St. Francis of Assisi almost 800 years ago.  St. Francis, dismayed by the material turn of Christmas, sought to bring back the people with the simple awe of Jesus' birth in a manger.  An 8-foot-long nativity in the Neapolitan style created by South Euclid sculptor Norbert Koehn is 2012's newest nativity.  True to the 18th century fashionings, Koehn, a student at Oberammergau, Germany spent over 180 hours creating his masterwork.  This Naples, Italy nativity and hundreds of other old favorites will be on display for free through December 30th.

Boar's Head Festival -  Another unique event, free to the public takes place this Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at Painesville's Zion Lutheran Church.  Over 90 costumed volunteers will tell the story of Christ as celebrated in the Middle Ages manor of King Wenceslas.  The devil is personified in the image of a Boar's Head.  A Yule Log, Yule Sprite, and festive musical tribute will move the audience gathered through the journey of the One who has come to set man free from the devil.  Four performances are scheduled and free to the public.

Thursday will look at some other upcoming free productions in Painesville, Painesville Twp. , Fairport Harbor and other local communities.

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