Reserve spot for the ISU Madrigal Feast

The Indiana State University Department of Music and the Sycamore Singers will present the 60th annual Yuletide Madrigal Feast at 7 p.m. Dec. 6-8 in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 215 N. Seventh St.

A madrigal feast is a form of dinner theater often staged by schools and churches during the Christmas season. It is set in the Middle Ages and often is comedic in nature. The meal is divided into courses, each of which is heralded with a traditional song. A play is performed between the courses and a concert of choral music concludes the festivities.

This year’s Yuletide Madrigal Feast will include ceremonial toasts and songs; dinner provided by Boo’s Crossroads Cafe, consisting of roast loin of pork, stuffing, seasoned new potatoes, green beans, salad, dessert, water, tea, and coffee; a play titled “Dances with Windmills”; and a concert of seasonal classical choral selections.

Tickets are $25 per person and reservations may be made by calling the department’s choral office at (812) 237-4590, the Department of Music main office at (812) 237-2771, or by visiting the music office in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Payment for the reservations may be made by check, money order or cash. Credit cards cannot be accepted.

Tickets must be reserved and paid for by Dec. 5. Cancellations cannot be refunded.

For more information, call (812) 237-4590.

Bridgeton Country Christmas begins

The annual Country Christmas celebration in Bridgeton takes place today through Sunday and again Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Shops will be open and vendors will be featured in the 1878 Barn and the North Pole Barn. A traditional Christmas dinner will be served in the Bridgeton Country Store, and plenty of other food will be available. Santa will be on hand to visit with the children in the 1822 Log Case Cabin; call (765) 548-2136 for Santa’s schedule.

Take a stroll through the Historic District and view the lights and decorations. Enjoy live Christmas music and catch the Christmas spirit while shopping in the old-time country town.

Bridgeton is in southern Parke County. Take Indiana 59 north from Brazil and follow the signs west through the country, or travel south from Rockville on Bridgeton Road, or east from U.S. 41 on the County Line Road and follow the signs on the Rosedale Road east of Rosedale through the country. Call (765) 548-2136 for more information.

Concert features student conductors

The Indiana State University Concert Band and Symphonic Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in Tilson Auditorium.

The Concert Band will perform under the direction of Dennis Ballard and Doug Keiser. Also on the podium during the Concert Band portion of the program will be student conductors Deborah Meyer, Terre Haute; Albert Miller, Columbus; Andrea Mitchell, Mitchell; and Ariel Stern, Hammond. Ballard will conduct the Symphonic Band, with Eric Drew, Cranston, R.I., and Ian Chang, Terre Haute participating as graduate conductors.

Among the works to be performed by the Concert Band include W.A. Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus,” Tielman Susato’s “Renaissance Suite,” “Sedona” by Steven Reineke and Percy Grainger’s “Two Grainger Melodies.”

Robert Russell Bennett’s “Symphonic Songs for Band” and Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Sea Songs” are among several works to be performed by the Symphonic Band.

Admission is free and open to the public. The ISU chapter of the Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity will provide a reception following the concert.

For more information, please contact the music department hotline at (812) 237-2771 or visit the department’s Web site at

Meet some animals from the North Pole

Join us for a Wabash Valley holiday tradition as we gather Around the Tree at the Main Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets, from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 30.

Silly Safaris Reindeer Reserve is back to kick off the holidays. Meet some animals from the North Pole, including a reindeer.

No registration needed to enjoy this special program. For more information, please call the library at (812) 232-1113.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Vigo County Public Library.

Holiday Celebration at Putnam Museum

The Putnam County Museum will host a Holiday Celebration to show appreciation for its supporters from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Museum’s multipurpose room. Sponsored by North Salem State Bank, Mill Pond Health Campus, First National Bank, and Humphreys’ Wheelhorse, this event is a thank you to everyone who has supported the Museum through annual memberships and for those who would like to become members. Those interested in attending should contact the Museum before Nov. 27 at (765) 653-8419.

The Museum invites members new and old to spend the evening reminiscing with favorites from the holidays like cookies and confections, decorations, door prizes, music provided by the Tzouanakis Elementary School choir and featuring appetizers from Bert and Betty’s. The event is a great way to share with friends and family the exciting things happening at the Museum.

The Putnam County Museum is at 1105 North Jackson Street in Greencastle. Regular museum hours are Tuesday to Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. For more information call (765) 653-8419 or email

Farrington Grove Chorale concert set

The Farrington Grove Chorale will present the fourth annual Holiday Pops concert in conjunction with the Downtown Holiday Fest at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in the First Congregational Church at 630 Ohio St. The Farrington Grove Chorale is a 16-voice community chamber choir conducted by Ramon E. Meyer and accompanied by Betty Meyer.

Music to be performed includes “Deo Gracias” from A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, “Quittez, Pasteurs” arranged by John Rutter and “Gloria of the Angels” by Douglas Wagner, as well as perennial holiday favorites “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” “Carol of the Bells,” “White Christmas,” “Deck the Halls” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” There is no charge for admission.

Support Toys for Tots at Craft Show

Unique Home Solutions, a company based in Indianapolis, is bringing its Toys for Tots campaign to Jasonville.

All are invited to support the event at the Jasonville Craft Show on Dec. 1 at the Shakamak Elementary School Gym. Stop by, donate a toy and enjoy some treats!

Unique Home Solutions is a Home Improvement Company sponsoring Toys For Tots for the third year in a row.

This year marks the 60th anniversary for the Toys for Tots tradition of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. In 2006, Toys for Tots delivered more than 19.2 million toys to more than 7.6 million children. Unfortunately, with more than 13 million children living in poverty, Toys for Tots needs your help more than ever to achieve our goal of delivering a toy to every child in need.

Through the gift of a shiny new toy, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation provides happiness and hope to disadvantaged children who might otherwise be overlooked this holiday season. Sponsor a toy and give a child recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime.

Unique is asking for the community’s help in supporting needy children. The toys and/or donations collected from this year’s campaign will contribute to a bright holiday season for many local children.

For more information on the event, please contact Jasonville Chamber of Commerce President Brad Duncan at (812) 665-3111.

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