Har-Ber Village Museum will become a winter wonderland as it celebrates with the 2nd annual Christmas on Main Street the first three weekends in December.
Since last year’s event drew nearly 1,000 visitors, the 2013 Christmas on Main Street, which is free to the public, will be expanded to both Saturdays and Sundays on Dec.7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 from 2-8 p.m.
Area businesses and organizations will deck the halls of several buildings along the Village’s Main Street, and attendees can select their favorite building decorations by voting with their coins or other currency. First, second and third place winners will receive a portion of the donations.
Businesses and organizations already scheduled to decorate include Grand Lake Gymnastics, Bank of Grove, Grand Lake Pest Control, Grand Savings Bank, The Grove Sun, Grand Lake Audubon Society, Designs by Dana, Nichols Funeral Home, GRDA, and The Weaver’s Shop at Har-Ber Village.
During the holiday event, several area performers will sing or play Christmas carols at the bandstand gazebo, and the Country Store will be open to offer a wide array of seasonal gifts.
Performers include Patti Redman, Pat Kraft, Cheryl Lozier, the Jay High School choir, Grove High School jazz choir, First Baptist Church choir, Lynda Vernon, Coyote Hill, Lily Pitts, Carolyn’s Music School, and Jana Jae, who will serve as the official lighter during the tree lighting ceremony, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Visitors can decorate ornaments to place on the Har-Ber Village Christmas tree. Another fun craft opportunity available will be weaving a mug rug in 30 minutes and taking it home. Jeannie Wheatley with The Weaver’s Shop at Har-Ber Village will show participants how to create a mini mug rug at the top and bottom of every hour. Cost to participate is $14; anyone interested may call 918-787-1905 to reserve a time or drop in to weave a mug rug.
Sadie Cole-Gordon will offer a special workshop, “Recycle your Artificial Wreath,” on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 2-3:30 p.m. The workshop, which is limited to 15 participants, will show attendees how to re-purpose an old wreath using materials from a garden and yard. Participants must supply an artificial wreath, but all evergreen cuttings, herbs and ribbon will be provided. Cost of the workshop is $30; call 918-786-6446 to reserve a spot.
On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, find out who has been naughty or nice when Santa Claus and his elves visit the Visitor Center from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The smell of gingerbread will fill the air on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21 and Dec. 22, during a gingerbread house workshop at 2:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center. The activity will be fun for the whole family as attendees build gingerbread houses with freshly baked, pre-cut gingerbread pieces and a wide assortment of decorations provided by Har-Ber Village Museum. Houses may be decorated by individuals or as a group project. The fee for the workshop is $17 per house for non-members and $12 for members. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, Dec. 18 by calling 918-786-6446.
Christmas on Main Street is sponsored by First National Bank, Rose & McCrary, Muscari Law, Bank of Oklahoma, REC Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Rich & Cartmill, and Signs by Sikorski. For more information, or to volunteer to decorate or perform for Christmas on Main Street, contact Har-Ber Village Museum at 918-786-6446 or [email protected].