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Santa Claus is making an early visit in Madison County as he returns to Pleasant View House at Richmond Battlefield Park on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 2-4:30 p.m.
Phillip Seyfrit, curator of the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center, provides more details.
1 Why did the Battle of Richmond Association want to host Santa?
We wanted to give children an experience like going to Santa's home more than just a retail outlet. Having this at Pleasant View makes it extra special. Kids can visit Santa and adults learn something about the Battle of Richmond. Years later, families will drive by Pleasant View and remember "That's where we met Santa!"
2 What can families expect?
Families can expect a home and visit filled with the spirit of Christmas for the young and old. Christmas music, trees, smells of cookies, stockings. Much different than the hustle/bustle of today.
3 Will Santa be donning any historical look for the occasion?
Santa Claus looked very different during the Civil War era than today. In the 1860s, he was more like today's Uncle Sam. Our Santa is more Victorian with flowing robes of red and green, reminders of yesteryear.
4 In addition to Santa's visit is there anything else going on at the Visitor's Center?
Pleasant View will be decked out in Christmas splendor. Lights, music, everything. There will be light activities/crafts for the kids, and the first 50 children get a special "Visiting Santa at the Richmond Battlefield" goody bag. Families will also have the opportunity to take photographs with Santa for this year's family Christmas cards. Hot chocolate and cookies too!
5 How can people get to Battlefield Park?
Richmond Battlefield Park is located at 1546 Battlefield Memorial Highway (S 421 South). It's the same place where the reenactment is held. Santa will be there from 2 until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Five more for the weekend, week ahead:
• Electric Berea Winter Warm-Up, tonight at 8 p.m., The Spotlight Playhouse, 214 N. Richmond Road, Berea. The warm-up will feature three bands: Death Mountain, Anything But Sue and Manitoba Rock 'N Rolla. Music starts at 8, and there is no charge for admission. IP&J Cuban Food will be offering Cuban cuisine for purchase on site, and The Spotlight Playhouse will have snacks and soft drinks for sale. Admission is free and open to all ages. For more information, visit Electric Berea at facebook.com/electricberea/.
• Celebration of Giving happens Saturday from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. at the Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 West Jefferson St., Berea. The event is to benefit local, regional and international non-profit organizations. Participants from about 25 nonprofits will host tables with information about their work, sell small items or baked goods and accept donations as gifts of service to others -- gifts that give twice, both to the organization and to the person who receives the gift. Hot soup and bread from local bakeries will be available and there will be a silent auction. Free admission and lots of parking. Call 859-200-8652 for more information.
• Holly Jolly Saturday will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 1285 Barnes Mill Road, Richmond. For more information, contact Joan Beck at email@example.com.
• The Richmond Area Arts Council and the EKU School of Music Horn Studio present Richard Deane in Concert followed by a masterclass. The event will take place at First Christian Church, 412 W. Main Street, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Deane joined the New York Philharmonic as Associate Principal Horn in September 2014; he currently serves as Acting Principal Horn. Previously, he served as third horn of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1987, participating on more than 80 recordings, including 20 Grammy Award winners for Telarc International. Admission at the door is $10 for adults with free admission for all students. The masterclass will immediately follow the concert, and everyone is welcome.
• Contra Dance with caller Frank Jenkins and band Mixed Nuts on Saturday, 8-11 p.m. at the Russell Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson St., Berea. Beginner lessons from 7:30-8. Cost is $9 adults; $6 students and seniors. Information: 859-985-5501 or http://bereacontradance.org/ or BereaContraDance@gmail.com.
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