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December Concerts in the Hocking Hills

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December Concerts in the Hocking Hills

Thursday, December 6th
An Evening with Arlo Guthrie. 8pm to 10pm; Stuart’s welcomes the legendary Arlo Guthrie to the Opera House for a special evening of music! With the centennial of Woody’s 100th birthday approaching, Arlo has embarked on a new solo tour, Here Comes The Kid, which began in October and will run through 2013, continuing the celebration of Woody Guthrie’s immeasurable contributions to the landscape of American folk music. $40 to $60 very limited number of tickets available as of 11/29; Stuart’s Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville; visit www.stuartsoperahouse.org or call 740-753-1924 for ticket info.

Friday, December 7th
Stuart’s Winter Wine Express on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway – 7pm to 9pm; Join Stuart’s Opera House for a train ride on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway for our Winter Wine Express. Enjoy some wine and cheese and other treats while taking a ride through the Hocking Valley. All proceeds benefit Stuart’s Opera House! The ride will take approximately an hour and a half. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the train station beginning at 6:15pm on Dec. 7. $25 – $35; Hocking Valley Scenic Railway Depot, 33 Canal St, Nelsonville; call 740-753-1924 or visit www.stuartsoperahouse.org for info and tickets.

Saturday, December 8th
Christmas in Ash Cave – 5pm to 7pm; Step away from the hectic holiday season and come bundled for the weather while enjoying a lighted stroll back to Ash Cave. Once you arrive at the cave, warm with refreshments by an open fire. Listen to our holiday music, have the kids visit with an old fashioned Santa or help to decorate our Christmas tree for wildlife. Hocking Hills State Park, Ash Cave, State Route 56; call 740-385-6841 for more info; FREE

Sunday, December 9th (and every Wednesday and Sunday till December 23rd)
A Taste of Dickens…at Glenlaurel Inn – 6pm; It’s only a short time until the Spirit of Charles Dickens is expected to make his annual dinner invasion. The Dickens Dinner is a six-course tribute to the traditional dining choices of Victorian England and Scotland, with readings between courses from the classic Charles Dickens story “A Christmas Carol.” Join us Sundays and Wednesdays in December for our traditional yet festive holiday dinner. Dinner is $49 per person plus tax & gratuity. When you reserve The Dickens Dinner, you may stay with us, in your choice of lodging, for 50% off the regular rate. Please call for more information or for reservations. Glenlaurel Inn, 14940 Mt. Olive Rd, Rockbridge; 800-809-7378 for reservations.

Every Saturday and Sunday through December 16th
Santa Train – 11am and 2pm departures; Take a train ride with Santa Claus. The jolly old elf and his helper will board at the depot and share the ride with you. During the trip, Santa will visit individually with each child. Santa’s elf will have a special candy treat for each child. The train is heated and decorated for the holiday. NOTE: Special evening trains will run on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 15, leaving the depot at 6 pm! $16 adults / $14 Seniors (60+); $12 Children 3-12; Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, 33 Canal St, Nelsonville; 800-967-7834 (messages only) 740-753-9531 (weekends only); http://www.hockingvalleytrain.org/

Through December – Festival of Trees Exhibit
“Silent Night”; The Bowen House will be beautifully decorated from head to toe with an array of unique and creative trees and other holiday displays. Special events to occur throughout the month! Regular house hours are 3-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 – 4 pm on Saturday. The Bowen House, 196 N. Market Street; 740-385-0344; www.bowenhouse.org; FREE

Saturday, December 15th
FOLLOW THE LIGHT Logan Church Tour; the Hocking County Ministerial Association is sponsoring the first annual FOLLOW THE LIGHT, Logan Church Tour. The tour will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. Participating churches are: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Immanuel United Methodist Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, St. John Catholic Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and First Presbyterian Church. Three tour groups will depart from three locations (red, green, and yellow tickets) and be led by a tour guide. Each stop will provide an opportunity to enjoy the music, splendor and hospitality of the Advent and Christmas seasons. Church vans will be available for those unable to walk the tour. Tickets are available for $3.00. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds will be given to the Hocking Hills Inspire Shelter. Tickets are available in advance from each of the seven participating churches. 

  • St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 385-2272 
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 385-1005 
  • Immanuel United Methodist Church, 385-4136 
  • Trinity United Methodist Church, 385-4069 
  • St. John Catholic Church, 385-2549 
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, 385-3220 
  • First Presbyterian Church. 385-2242

Day of tour tickets will be available at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and Trinity United Methodist Church prior to departure. People living outside of Hocking County may purchase tickets by contacting Trinity United Methodist Church by calling 740-385-4069 or email grace@t-kup.net.

Friday, December 14th
Christmas Celebration Concert with Bradley Hunter Welch
7:30pm; Nationally recognized organist, Dr. Bradley H. Welch premieres at Christ Lutheran Church, 69 Mill Street, Athens Dr. Welch has performed frequently in Logan and other Ohio venues and will make his first appearance in Athens for this special Christmas event. The concert will feature classic Advent organ literature with highlights to include an Ecumenical Choir consisting of churches from the Logan, Nelsonville and the Athens area, conducted by Dr. Peter Jarjisian. This event is co-sponsored by the Southeast Ohio Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Christ Lutheran Church. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall and admission is free. We invite everyone to come and enjoy the musicianship of Dr. Welch and share in a united community spirit to end the year. Christ Lutheran Church, 69 Mill Street, Athens; FREE 


Shopping in the Hocking Hills

Through December 24th

Starbrick Gallery’s Holiday Shopping Alternative Make your shopping dollars count for more! Give one-of-a-kind gifts of handmade art this holiday season. For every $10 spent, you will get a chance for a basket that contains original art from every member of Starbrick! This show runs through Dec. 24. We’re open Monday through Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday Noon to 5. (Starbrick closes the week of Christmas Day through New Year’s Day to be with our families.) Starbrick Gallery, 21 W Columbus St, Nelsonville; 740-753-1011; http://www.starbrick.com/ 


Hocking Hills Night Out

Saturday, December 8th
Sweet Second Saturday – 5pm to 8pm; On the second Saturday of each month, we dress up the dining room and have live music & great dinner specials. You can even bring a bottle of wine, if you like. Come join us for a great Saturday night out! Reservations appreciated, but not required. The Ridge Inn, 16178 Pike St, Laurelville; call 740-332-0300 for info and reservations.

Unique to the Hocking Hills

Daily - Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum

Mon to Sat, 9am to 5pm; Sun 11am to 5pm; Rev. Paul Johnson began his collection over 20 years ago. His Pencil Sharpener Museum, previously located at his home, has been moved to the Welcome Center and is open daily. This amazing collection of over 3400 pencil sharpeners has been featured in national magazines and is reputed to be the largest collection in the United States. Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center, 13178 St. Rt. 664 S, Logan; 740-385-9706; FREE

Yoga in the Hills – Blue Valley Massage & Traveling Spa – call 888-74-PEACE (747-3223) for location; $10 5pm to 6pm; This class is offered surrounded by the beauty of the Hocking Hills. Weather permitting classes are outside on our wonderful deck among the trees. This class is perfect for the beginner or those recovering from injuries. Groups are welcome! Call ahead for details – we may be having class, with our wonderful instructor, at a waterfall near you!

The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum at Fiddlestix Village. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Viewable from the outside of one of the cottages, and accessible by ramp or steps. Three large windows of figural shakers from the 1930s to the present, and a monthly changing special exhibit. Just stop by and look unless Guests are obviously “at home.” (Please do not disturb Guests.) Open year-round unless the parking lot is snow- or ice-covered. Fiddlestix Village, 24180 St. Rt. 93, Creola- (Do not go to Creola ~ this is a mapping address.) The location is just south of the intersection of St. Rts. 56 and 93, close to Ash Cave. FREE. 740-596-2408

Tuesday, December 11th
Photography Group at the Bowen House – 7pm to 8pm; Hocking photography enthusiasts welcome visitors to join them for inspiration, encouragement & some shop talk! The Bowen House, 192 N Market St, Logan; call 740-385-0344 or visit www.bowenhouse.org for more info. Hocking Hills Classes and Workshops in December:

Thursday, December 6th – Holiday Wreath Making Class – 10am to 2pm; Join us to make a natural 20-24″ wreath out of fresh cut evergreens and dried botanicals. If you want, bring along a special accent to personalize your creation. Kellie Hutchison, Inn gardener and nature enthusiast, will teach this fun class. Cost includes lunch and all supplies. $55; Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, 21190 St Rt 374; register for class at 800-653-2557.

Thursday and Friday, December 6th & 7th
A Recycled Holiday! – 6pm to 9pm; Visit the Bishop Educational Gardens decorated for the holidays using recycled materials. Craft Stations with all the materials you need to make decorations to take home, or take the plans home with you and have a family crafting day of your own! Luminary Hike and more. Organized by Hocking Soil & Water Conservation District; Bishop Educational Gardens, 13200 Little Cola Rd, Rockbridge; for more info call 740-385-3016; FREE Friday December 7th – Holiday Cookies Baking Class – 11am to 2pm; By far the most popular and longest-running cooking class! This hands-on class is led by Joan Heitman, our breakfast cook. Innkeeper Ellen and Joan carefully select five different recipes for you to make and eat. Class includes instruction, recipes, lunch and a bag of cookies to take home. $55 / person; ; Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, 21190 St Rt 374; register for class at 800-653-2557.

Wednesday and Friday through Sundays
Beginner Bead Making Class - 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm; (1 hour class) Beginner Bead Making Classes. Have fun learning to melt glass while making your own glass beads and charms for bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Everything is supplied that you need to make beautiful glass beads. Ages 14 and up. $25 per person; call for reservations and class times – 740-385-1384; Liquid Light Gallery, 18345 Krinn Unger Keck Rd, Logan

Thursdays and Saturdays
Stained Glass Workshop – 10am to noon; Learn basic copper foil stained glass techniques with Audrey Martin. Classes are two hours long and all supplies are provided. At the end of the class you will walk away with your completed project and the knowledge to dive into more sophisticated glass projects. Fee: $25; All supplies are provided. Contact Audrey Martin, 740-596-1913 to schedule your stained glass workshop. 63775 SR 56, Creola, Ohio 45622, just 3 miles east of Ash Cave at Scenic Way Gifts and Art Glass Studio. Call for additional days and times. Mondays - Acrylic Painting Workshop – Join Artist Suzanne Hiser in painting flowers this 2 hour workshop on Mondays from 10am-12pm. She will work with you on drawing, shaping and shading techniques that will bring out the beauty of our seasonal flowers. Fee: $25; All supplies are provided and suitable for all ages. Contact Audrey Martin, 740-596-1913 to reserve your spot in the workshop. 

History of the Hocking Hills

Through 2012
“Logan and Hocking County…A Timeline” New Exhibit at the Historical Society features several hundred years of the county’s history condensed into four panels on display. The timeline includes Native Americans, the first settlers (1798), the Civil War, the Hocking Valley Railway, and more…up to the year 1917, when Logan celebrated its centennial. Winter Hours: Fridays 1pm to 4pm & Saturdays 11am to 5pm; Hocking County Historical Society 64 N. Culver St.(740) 385-6026 http://www.hockinghistory.com/

Daily (Mon – Sat)
The Columbus Washboard Company Museum and Gift Shop - There is so much history from our company and building’s past that we wish to share it with everyone. The tour will not only provide historical information, but will also include the opportunity to observe the manufacturing of washboards, and participate in making music with the washboard. The factory will operate daily, as usual, with our washboards being produced one at a time by hand. We are the only manufacturer of washboards remaining in the United States. Our gift shop features our washboards, memorabilia and new line of vintage soaps. The Museum is a WiFi hotspot and offers snacks and beverages, for a place to relax and take care of business. Tours will be offered Monday through Friday at 10:00am, noon, and 2:00pm; Saturdays at 11:30am and 1pm. Special arrangements will be made for large groups. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm and Saturday 11am to 2pm. Tours are $4 which includes souvenir magnet. Columbus Washboard Factory, 14 Gallagher Ave, Logan; 740-380-3828


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