Getting into the holiday spirit with parade, shows

By Ben Hopper

It’s time to get in the holiday spirit. This weekend provides several opportunities to ward off any bah humbug sensations.

Here in Manhattan, kick off the season with the annual Mayor’s Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade at 6 p.m. Friday from the Manhattan Town Center to Triangle Park, ending with the Tree Lighting. Drop off your extra canned goods to volunteers walking alongside the parade to benefit the Flint Hills Breadbasket.

On Saturday, check out Manhattan Arts Center’s Annual Wrap It Up Art Exhibit and Sale, 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

Then get your fill on holiday music on Sunday.

A 4 Seasons Series of Concerts presents a special Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. at the University Christian Church. Sponsored by the MHS Class of ’74, the one hour concert will feature soprano professor Amy Rosine singing “O Holy Night;” the Wamego Bell Choir from the United Methodist Church directed by Christine Day; pianist LeRoy Johnson with two Christmas pieces by Franz Liszt; and audience favorites sing-a-long Christmas Carols, accompanied by string and wood wind players. Bring your instruments and play along with the group. After the short concert and sing-along, there will be Christmas cookies and punch. The concert is free, donations are accepted.

K-State’s Holiday Extravaganza, featuring the KSU Collegiate Chorale, Concert Choir, In-a-Chord, K-State Singers, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choirs and KSU Alumni Choir, is at 3 p.m. in McCain Auditorium. Admission is charged.

Over in Wamego, the Historic Columbian Theatre presents “Christmas Spectacular” this weekend. A locally written, performed and produced show that is an extravaganza of everything the winter holidays have come to represent. It is a delight for the whole family.

It opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday. It is also 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, as well as the next two weekends. Tickets are $20 for adult and $15 for students and children. For the dinner, which is a buffet 90 minutes before each show, and performance: $37 adult, $32 student and $26 child. For tickets and information, call (800) 899-1893.

On Sunday, enjoy the Holiday Open House and Living Windows from 4-6 p.m. Receive free admission to the Columbian Theatre and the OZ Museum. Take pictures with Santa and his flying monkey elves. Christmas music will be provided by the cast of “Christmas Spectacular.”

At the C.L. Hoover Opera House, the Junction City Little Theater and OH present “Dream A Little Dream of Christmas” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, as well as December 7-9. Cost is $17 for adults, $15 for military, and $12 for students 18 and under. For tickets, visit

Here’s a look at some other holiday-themed and community events this weekend.


Ladies Night, 6:30-8 p.m. Featuring an evening of art and dessert. Participants will create star-based greeting cards to celebrate the season of light. Reservations are required by calling (785) 532-7718. Cost: $10 per person, $7.50 for members. Beach Museum of Art.

UPC presents Does HIV Look Like Me? by Christina Rock, 7 p.m. K-State Student Union Little Theatre.

WinterDance 2012, 7:30 p.m. Also 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets available at Nichols Theatre.

K-State Jazz Combos, 7:30 p.m. Union Station, K-State Student Union.



Zoofari Tails, 10 a.m. Sunset Zoo staff present animal-themed stories and share animal artifacts from the zoo. Some programs include a live animal as well. Public Library.

World AIDS Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. K-State Student Union Foodcourt.

KSU Native American Heritage Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For information visit, K-State Student Union Courtyard.

Reading by Lauren Groff, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Groff’s first novel, “The Monsters of Templeton” (2008), was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection and bestseller, and it was short-listed for the Orange Prize for New Writers. Her latest novel, “Arcadia” (2012), tells the story of the first child born in a fictional 1960s’ commune in upstate New York. Union Little Theatre.

International Student & Scholar Services Coffee Hour Series: Rwanda, 4-5 p.m. Presented by Benita Mugabo. Refreshments typical of the student’s home country will be served following the presentation. Free and open to the public. Multipurpose Room, International Student Center.

Eighth annual Festival of Trees, 6-11 p.m. Features more than 20 uniquely decorated, one-of-a-kind Christmas trees and wreaths decorated by local businesses, organizations, and individuals. The gala features a cocktail reception, silent auction and live auction of the beautiful trees and wreaths. A dance will conclude the evening. Cost: $50 in advance, $65 at the door. Proceeds benefit RSVP of the Flint Hills. For information, email The public is invited to vote for their favorite tree to help determine the People’s Choice Award from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and from 9 a.m.- noon Friday. The public also has the opportunity to purchase a tree during the week. K-State Alumni Association.

Women’s Basketball vs. Mississippi Valley State, 7 p.m. Bramlage Coliseum.

Saxophone Studio of Anna Marie Wytko, 7:30 p.m. All Faith Chapel.

Manhattan Arts Center presents Ann Zimmerman, 7:30 p.m. Zimmerman’s music celebrates the joy, sorrow, grandeur and silliness of life, especially here on the windy plains. For tickets and more information, visit or call (785) 537-4420.

UPC Film: “Armageddon,” 8 p.m. Friday, 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday for $1. Union Little Theatre.

K-State After Hours: Mentalist Christopher Carter, 10 p.m. Free. Union Forum Hall.



Mock Caldecott 2012, 1-4 p.m. Discuss the most distinguished picture books of 2012 and vote on a winner. Sponsored by the Children’s and Adolescent Literature Community (ChALC), the English Department’s Program in Children’s Literature, and the Manhattan Public Library. Manhattan Public Library.

Senior (50+) Holiday Dinner, 6-9 p.m. Featuring a traditional holiday feast catered by the K-State Student Union and enjoy entertainment provided by the Manhattan High School Choirs. Join us for an evening of fun and festivities! Sign up at the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Office, located at 1101 Fremont Street. This event is open to people 50 years of age and older; younger spouses may also be included. Adult-aged children may accompany a parent on a space-available basis. Cost: $18. For information, email K-State Student Union Main Ballroom.

K-State Football vs. Texas, 7 p.m. Senior Day. Bill Snyder Family Stadium.



K-State Men’s Basketball vs. USC Upstate, 1 p.m. Bramlage Coliseum.

Student Friends of the Beach Museum of Art presents the annual Family Holiday Workshop, 1:30-3 p.m. Featuring winter-based art activities to help celebrate the season of light and refreshments. Cost: $5 per child, $3 for Beach members. Reservations are not needed.. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Beach Museum of Art.

Winter Crafts, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Featuring creative session to make several colorful, sparkly and fun crafts to take home. Different levels of projects will be available for preschoolers, K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and teens 7th - 12th. Manhattan Public Library Auditorium.

Holiday Music Festival: Second Missionary Baptist Church, 3 p.m. Manhattan Town Center.

Extreme Shakespeare, 3-4 p.m. Don Hedrick’s students in ENGL 660 “Shakespeare” will perform selected scenes. Union Little Theatre.

Piano Studio of Slawomir Dobrzanski, 6 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan, 481 Zeandale Road.

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