Museums, Markets & Music in Smiths Falls - theHumm December 2019
Museums, Markets & Music in Smiths Falls - theHumm December 2019
By John Pigeau
December is the time of year for goodwill, good cheer and good books, delicious hot chocolate and brisk walks in the wintery air — and maybe some Christmas spirit too. It’s also the only month when it’s ostensibly acceptable to put reindeer antlers on your dog, or to adorn your cat in a Santa hat and scarf. There is, indeed, much merriment to be had. Toasts to be rendered. Eggnog to be glugged. Snow angels to be made. And lots and lots of entertaining and festive things to see and do around town.
If you’re looking for something merry and bright to do outdoors, take a walk through or a drive by Centennial Park and take in Smiths Fall’s Celebration of Lights — the park will be beautifully lit with decorated Christmas Trees until December 23. It’s really a nice way to spend part of an evening, when the snow is falling gently, when the kids are possibly a bit bored, and everyone’s spirits need a good lift.
This year, all the Christmas trees on display are from Campbell’s Tree Farms, and the lights locally purchased, with corporate sponsors each putting their own unique decorating touches on their trees. There is a wonderful new wrinkle this year, too, in keeping with the true spirit of Christmas — after December 23, all the trees will be given to a family in need of one for the holiday season.
If you would like to sponsor a tree, you can still do so by emailing email@example.com or calling the recreation department at 283–4124. Enjoy the lights, everyone!
A reminder, too, that the Heritage House Museum will be fully decorated for the Christmas season right up until December 20. The lovely décor will give you an idea of how people celebrated Christmas in the 1860s. While you’re there, you may wish to buy some art too, or at least enjoy some, as the museum will be hosting Smiths Falls’ 38th annual Art Show & Sale until December 15. The show and sale celebrate the work — a wide variety of it — of over 25 local artists and artisans. Maybe you’ll find that ideal gift for a friend or a family member. For details, please call the Museum at 283–6311. There is a small fee to tour the museum, although admission to the art sale is free. Still, donations to the museum are always appreciated.
On December 13 the Station Theatre welcomes Lynn Miles for the fourth and final concert of their 2019 music series. You can find out more about that show on page 11 of this issue.
There’s another exciting show happening on December 14 at the Gallipeau Centre Theatre — featuring ABBA songs! Billed as The ABBA Holiday Show, one of North America’s finest tribute bands, ABBA Revisited, promises to put on a dazzling show of the band’s greatest hits, with a few Christmas classics sprinkled in for good measure.
ABBA Revisited recreates the magic of the iconic band with authentic costumes, spectacular harmonies and note-perfect musicianship. A great tribute band can take their audiences on a musical journey back in time. ABBA Revisited is said to do just that — with audiences of all ages dancing in the aisles! Tickets are $34.50 in advance and are available online at gallipeaucentretheatre.com , by calling 284–9916, or in person at the Gallipeau Centre Theatre (361 Queen Street). If they’re still available, they will be $39.50 at the door. The show begins at 8pm and doors open at 7:30.
Santa Claus is coming to town on December 14. At press time we don’t have all the details just yet, but you can find updates and details at downtownsmithsfalls.ca . Following the Parade, the Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Christmas Market at Settler’s Ridge from 5–9pm. There will be lots of wonderful gift items for sale, as well as games and entertainment. Find details at smithsfalls.ca .
On Wednesday, December 18, join Scott Woods and his multi-talented band at the Westminster Presbyterian Church for an Old Time Country Christmas. This promises to be an uplifting, family-friendly, foot-stompin’ good time of a show, featuring classic Christmas carols, fiddle tunes, and some traditional country and gospel songs as well.
There will be some impressive talent on display: Woods with his trick fiddling, the smooth vocals and yodelling of “Canada’s Yodelin’ Cowgirl” Naomi Bristow, with fifteen-year-old Leo Stock (also known as “Spaghetti Legs”) demonstrating his sensational step dancing, and Scott’s sister Kendra Woods Norris adding honey-voiced harmonies, and some levity too.
Tickets can be purchased at Special Greetings Card Shop, Rideau River Music, Mark’s Cobbler Shop, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, or by calling Beverly at 283–6987. Tickets are $30 for adults, and $15 for children ages 6–12; children five and under get in for free. The show begins at 7pm at the Westminster Presbyterian Church (11 Church Street West), with doors opening at 6.
Bowie’s continues its impressive line-up of live entertainment this month with Pat Johnson and Eric Widzinski on December 6, Mountain Head and Ken Workman on the 13th, My Father’s Son with Grumpy Old Men on the 20th, and their Songwriter Series featuring Ambre McLean and Zachary Lucky on Sunday, December 22. This in addition to weekly events like their Funk & Soul Playlist, Music Trivia, “Quit Your Day Job” open stage, and lots more. Bowie’s is located at 20 Russell St E., and you can find a full line-up with all details at bowiessmithsfalls.com .
Happy holidays, everyone!
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