O’Tannenbaum Days filled with events

JASPER — O’Tannenbaum Days will take place Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6, 7 and 8.

The huge, lighted Christmas tree in the center of downtown welcomes visitors, relatives, residents and friends to this annual Christmas celebration. Lights will be strung from the Dubois County Courthouse to the tops of the buildings. Many of the downtown businesses also have perimeter lights outlining the tops of their buildings. Shops in the city are ready for shoppers with gift ideas and window displays full of decorations. Potpourri, treats, carriage rides, Santa Claus in his special house, and a large variety of artists and artisans are in the stores and other locations to give demonstrations of their special skills.

Members of the Actors Community Theatre will be caroling in the downtown area from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Santa Claus will be in his special house on the courthouse square throughout the entire weekend. He will be there from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Parents may take pictures of their child with Santa Claus.

At a starting point in front of Jasper City Hall, on the Square, in downtown Jasper, the horse-drawn carriage will travel north and south for several blocks. There will be one carriage taking passengers on the scenic and historic tour of downtown Jasper. The carriage rides will be available at no cost, although donations are always accepted. The carriage rides will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Begin the day early in the morning on Saturday by stopping at three local churches. Trinity United Church of Christ begins their cookie walk at 8 a.m. Saturday and will continue selling their cookies until 1 p.m. They also will have a bake sale. Precious Blood Catholic Church will host its St. Nick Bazaar beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. They will have lots of crafts, gifts and home-baked goodies and a cookie walk from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Precious Blood event continues on Saturday until 5 p.m. and then again on Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon. St. Joseph Catholic Church will host a Christmas bazaar in the Parish Center from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Baked goods, cookies, crafts, dolls, turnip slaw, new items, white elephant items, jellies and more will be available to purchase.

Krempp Gallery, inside the Jasper Arts Center, on south Third Avenue, will feature the “Mixed Media Art Exhibit” display all weekend. Artwork will be shown from local artists. The gallery hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. The Krempp Gallery is closed on Saturday. Reception for gallery artists is from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

The Christmas holiday bazaar will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Cabby O’Neil Gym, Sixth St., Jasper. Over 35 local vendors (crafter and direct sales) will showcase their wares along with Christmas music, food and more. Register to win a $200 cash give-away.

The Dubois County Museum, 2704 N. Newton St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Take some time to visit the Dubois County Museum and learn a lot about the history of Dubois County. Have breakfast with Santa on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. (call 812/630-9891 for reservations). People can see many Christmas trees and enjoy numerous Santa’s from the museum’s collections. Come and see the many Christmas trees in the “Dubois County Communities”  theme. Strings will perform violin music at  2 p.m. Saturday. View the doll houses and model trains, and do some Christmas shopping in the well-stocked gift shop. Doors open at 1 p.m. Sunday for the 1:30 p.m. showing of  “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with free popcorn and refreshments. There will be activities and a Christmas scavenger hunt.

A guided tour of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the church bell tower will be given on Saturday afternoon beginning promptly at noon and lasting about two hours. Meet at the main doors of the church for an historical tour. The guide, Bernie Vogler, will greet people and share some history. There will be no tower tours this year.

The Jasper Public Library, 1116 Main St., is joining the weekend activities on Sunday at 2 p.m. Parents and their children can gather for a special time of stories and singing with Santa Claus. The Jasper Library also is providing a story/walk in the windows of the stores in downtown Jasper, beginning the first part of December. Paint Like Bob Ross/Northern Lights from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the library annex. Space is limited. Registration is required and the cost is $50 per person. For the black canvas event, contact the library for the $10 discount code — www.bendintheroadstudio.com.

The Jasper City Mill, by the Patoka River Bridge, will be open throughout the weekend. Go back in time to view the water wheel and grinding of corn into meal. Gift items are available at the mill, too. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The American Legion Post 147 and its auxiliary are hosting the 82nd annual community Christmas party — this year on Sunday afternoon — in the Black Gym at the Jasper Middle School. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and Santa arrives at 1 p.m. Children will be given a bag of treats when leaving the gym. Santa and several cartoon characters will be available for pictures for a short time afterwards. Music will be provided by the Jasper Middle School band, under the direction of John Coller.

Artists and artisans will display their talents all weekend in many of the stores.

The Astra Theatre in the southwest corner of the Square invites people to follow a young boy’s magical adventure to the North Pole by watching The Polar Express. The event will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. People may want to get in the spirit of Christmas and wear their pajamas. The movie is rated G. Tickets are $5 each and can be reserved at www.thenextact.org.

Each of the 40-plus participating stores and locations also will have guides available, showing where the artists and crafters or special treats will be located and what products they will demonstrate and sell. Those guides also are available at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at 302 W. Sixth St. Call the Chamber at 812-482-6866 for more information about any of the events that are taking place during O’Tannenbaum Days weekend.

O’Tannenbaum Days is funded through a cooperative effort of the Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association, Jasper Chamber of Commerce and the Dubois County Visitors Center.


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