O’ Tannenbaum Days continues holiday season

By ALLEN LAMAN
alaman@dcherald.com

As festive decorations pop up across Jasper in preparation for Christmas, businesses are putting the final touches on their displays days before the city’s 21st annual O’ Tannenbaum Days celebration kicks off this weekend.

According to a chamber press release, the lighted Christmas tree that stands in the center of downtown welcomes visitors, relatives, residents and friends to the annual Christmas celebration that supports local businesses, and hosts a long list of activities throughout its duration. Lights will also be strung from the Dubois County Courthouse to the tops of the buildings, and many downtown businesses shimmer with bulbs outlining them.

But it’s the smells — not the sights — that Nancy Eckerle looks forward to the most every time O’ Tannenbaum Days roll around.

“What I really love is going in all the different stores, and when you walk in a store, they all have kind of a different scent to them,”  said Eckerle, who is the executive director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. “One might smell like clothing, one might smell like candles. Just everyone has kind of their special scent, which really puts you in the holiday spirit, because every store is different, and they all offer different items, too.”

The holiday festival will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is the third holiday celebration of Dubois County’s Olde World Christmas, following the Huntingburg Christmas Stroll and Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt. The Jasper celebration is organized by the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by the chamber, the Greater Jasper Downtown Business Association and the Dubois County Visitors Center.

O’ Tannenbaum Days began in 1998, and has grown from an event that featured downtown businesses offering punch and cookies to a citywide spectacle that invites people to check out local businesses throughout Jasper.

Local establishments are encouraged to have an artist or artisan in their store during the festival, and this year, many do. On Saturday, for example, Disinger Jewelers of Jasper will host a master goldsmith, World Finance will bring in a glass painting demonstrator and Finishing Touches will host a watercolor artist.

Various bazaars and cookie walks will also take place throughout the city during the celebration. Annual highlights such as a guided tour of St. Joseph Church, free carriage rides and Santa Claus visits will also return during the three-day festival.

“I think it would almost be impossible to do everything,” Eckerle said with a laugh. “If you wanted to try, you could, but it would be really hard to get to every one of these businesses and every one of these other events. But it sure would be fun trying to do all that.”

To her, it’s heartwarming to see businesses throughout the city come together with the community during the festival.

 

O’ Tannenbaum Days Schedule

Artists and artisans will perform demonstrations and have items for sale in the Jasper shops throughout the weekend.

Friday, Nov. 30

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Springerle cookies, bourbon balls, sweet treats and specialty coffees will be sold at Mad Batter Bakery, 708 Main St.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas cookies and coffee at German American Bank, 711 Main St.

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Craft beer and food pairing at Beer, Gear & More, located at 950 S. St. Charles St.

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visual Arts Committee display in the Krempp Gallery, 951 College Ave.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special pricing at Professional Eyecare Associates and Eyewear Design, 515 W. 6th St.

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tasty samples at This Olde House, 815 Newton St.

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Register for a Christmas package and enjoy winter party mix at The Ivy Manor, 215 E. Ninth St.

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Refreshments at Siebert’s, 532 Main St.

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. John Schipp will be at the jeweler’s bench creating beautiful jewelry at Olinger Diamond Center in the Southgate Shopping Center.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1,000 Santas on display at the Dubois County Museum, 2704 N. Newton St.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments in the lobby of Old National Bank, One DCB Plaza.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. David, a master herbalist and iridologist, will be at Forest Fresh, 301 Main St.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See how corn is ground into cornmeal and other aspects of the Jasper City Mill, 160 Third Ave.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ornament painting, hot cocoa and holiday treats at Studio H, 609 Main St.

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Light snacks and refreshments at Komfortabel Haus, 504 Mill St.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Specials throughout the store and samples of Wind & Willow products at Impulse Gifts & Home Decor, 613 Main St.

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Gifts for your pets available at Seven Seas Pet Store, 248 E. Third St.

Noon to 3 p.m. Free makeovers with complimentary appetizers and beverages at Merle Norman Studio & Spa, 607 Main St.

Noon to 6 p.m. Glass painting demonstration by Jennifer Williamson along with cookies, cider and coffee at World Finance, 3723 N. Newton St.

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Santa’s Special House and the Community Christmas Tree at the downtown square.

5:30 p.m. to 8 Horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown begin at Jasper City Hall, 610 Main St.

6 p.m. to 8 Caroling by Actors Community Theatre in the downtown area.

6 p.m. to 8 Christmas card portraits, cookies and hot chocolate at Everlasting Images Photography, 520 Main St.

 

Saturday, Dec. 1

8 a.m to noon Special pricing at Professional Eyecare Associates and Eyewear Design, 515 W. 6th St.

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cookie Walk at Trinity United Church of Christ, 310 W. 8th St.

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cookie Walk at Precious Blood Church, 1385 W. 6th St.

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gift bags given out at Jasper Salvage, 610 S. Clay St.

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Springerle cookies, bourbon balls, sweet treats and specialty coffees sold at Mad Batter Bakery, 708 Main St.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. St. Nick Bazaar at Precious Blood Church, 1385 W. 6th St.

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center Christmas Bazaar, 1029 Kundeck St.

9 a.m. to noon Glass painting demonstration by Jennifer Williamson along with cookies, cider and coffee at World Finance, 3723 N. Newton St.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday open house at The Herald, 216 E. 4th St. Register for free subscriptions. Light refreshments will be served.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tasty samples at This Olde House, 815 Newton St.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments at Siebert’s, 532 Main St.

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Master goldsmith will create unique treasures at Disinger Jewelers of Jasper, 3770 N. Newton St.

10 a.m. Ann Weyer will demonstrate and sell handcrafted greeting cards at L.H. Sturm Hardware, 516 Main St. Hot apple cider available.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Light snacks and refreshments at Komfortabel Haus, 504 Mill St.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cabby O’Neil Gym Holiday Bazaar, 340 W. 6th St.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1,000 Santas on display at the Dubois County Museum, 2704 N. Newton St.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Specials throughout the store and samples of Wind & Willow products at Impulse Gifts & Home Decor, 613 Main St.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See how corn is ground into cornmeal and other aspects of the Jasper City Mill, 160 Third Ave.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jasper Christmas Craft Show at Jasper High School, 1600 St. Charles St.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ornament painting, hot cocoa and holiday treats at Studio H, 609 Main St.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas card portraits, cookies and hot chocolate at Everlasting Images Photography, 520 Main St.

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Gifts for your pets available at Seven Seas Pet Store, 248 E. Third St.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mrs. Claus visits EJ and Dots, 515 Main St.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free makeovers with complimentary appetizers and beverages at Merle Norman Studio & Spa, 607 Main St.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Judy Bennett will paint at Finishing Touches, 505 Main St.

Noon to 2 p.m. St. Joseph Catholic Church guided tour, 1029 Kundeck St.

Noon to 3 p.m. Santa’s Special House and the Community Christmas Tree at the downtown square.

Noon to 4 p.m. Horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown begin at Jasper City Hall, 610 Main St.

Noon to 4 p.m. Free Christmas craft at Petsense, located at 4278 N. Newton St.

7 p.m. The movie “Elf” will be shown at The Astra Theatre, 517 Main St. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $8.

 

Sunday, Dec. 2

8 a.m. to noon St. Nick Bazaar at Precious Blood Church, 1385 W. 6th St.

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center Christmas Bazaar, 1029 Kundeck St.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Light snacks and refreshments at Komfortabel Haus, 504 Mill St.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas card portraits, cookies and hot chocolate at Everlasting Images Photography, 520 Main St.

Noon to 3 p.m. Santa’s Special House and the Community Christmas Tree at the downtown square.

Noon to 3 p.m. Visual Arts Committee display in the Krempp Gallery, 951 College Ave.

Noon to 4 p.m. Tasty samples at This Olde House, 815 Newton St.

Noon to 4 p.m. Specials throughout the store and samples of Wind & Willow products at Impulse Gifts & Home Decor, 613 Main St.

Noon to 4 p.m. Ornament painting, hot cocoa and holiday treats at Studio H, 609 Main St.

Noon to 5 p.m. See how corn is ground into cornmeal and other aspects of the Jasper City Mill, 160 Third Ave.

Noon to 6 p.m. Gifts for your pets available at Seven Seas Pet Store, 248 E. Third St.

12:30 p.m. 81st Annual Community Christmas Party with Santa at the Jasper Middle School Back Gym, 3600 N. Portersville Road. Santa visits at 1 p.m. Children will receive a bag of treats when leaving. Music by the Jasper Middle School band.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A prince and three princesses visit EJ and Dots, 515 Main St.

1 p.m. to 4 1,000 Santas on display at the Dubois County Museum, 2704 N. Newton St.

2 p.m. Santa visits the Jasper Public Library, 1116 Main St.

2 p.m. Violin concert by Lisa Hoppenjans on the porch of the log cabin at the Dubois County Museum, 2704 N. Newton St.




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