Special Events & Festivals

Artist at work

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Stan Horne carves a butterfly out of a block of ice in a downtown Markle parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 5. The demonstration was part of Markle's "Christmas in Our Town" celebration. The completed carving will remain on the corner until it melts.

Watching carefully

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Martha Gearhart tracks the numbers on her card during a session of Holiday Bingo Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Markle Fire Station. The games were part of Markle's "Christmas in Our Town" celebration.

Craft help

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Samantha Parent receives some help from her mother, Cindy Parent, as she glues together a snowman during a Christmas craft session Friday, Dec. 4, at the Roanoke Town Hall. The crafts were held as part of Roanoke's "Christmas in the Village" celebration.

Discussing the list

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Lydia Stout, 5, ponders her Christmas list during a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Friday, Dec. 4, at the Roanoke Town Hall. Santa's arrival kicked off the community's "Christmas in the Village" celebration.

Oh yeah!

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

David Maddox displays the Wrestlemania T-shirt he received as a gift during a Christmas party for Pathfinder Services clients on Saturday, Dec. 5. The Alrusa Club sponsored the party, which included Christmas carols, an appearance by Santa Claus, gifts and food.

Huntington Parks and Rec Dept. to again offer 'Letters from Santa'

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department will once again offer Letters from Santa to Huntington County children ages 6 years and younger.

This will be the sixth year the Parks Department has offered this free service to Huntington residents.

Forms may be picked up at the Parks Department office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or may be filled out online at www.huntington.in.us. Forms must be completed by Dec. 18, at noon.

Each child will receive his or her personalized letter from Santa on or before Monday, December 21.

St. Peter Lutheran Church announces series of holiday events

St. Peter Lutheran Church announces is calendar of events for the holiday season.

Dec. 9 - Advent II, at 7 p.m.

Dec. 16. - Advent III, at 7 p.m.

Dec. 20 - Children's Christmas program, at 7 p.m.

Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve service, at 10 p.m.

Dec. 31 - New Year's Eve service, at 7 p.m.

For more information call the church at 356-6528.

The church is located at 605 Polk St.


Christmas tradition

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Thanks to the generosity of several local businesses and individuals, the giant Christmas wreath that once graced the front of Huntington's Wolf & Dessauer department store was lighted this evening, Thursday, Dec. 3, and will be lit each evening through Dec. 31 from 6 to 10. The costs of lighting the wreath is being underwritten by Myers Funeral Homes, McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, Bailey-Love Mortuary and Deal-Rice Funeral Homes. Local electrician Larry PeGan donated the labor to install a timer that has been purchased by an anonymous donor.

Christmas display at Memorial Park

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A Christmas display at Memorial Park in Huntington was lighted this evening, Thursday, Dec. 3, and will be lit each evening through Dec. 31, from 6 to 10. There are several light groupings available in a drive-through area located off Bartlett Street. The display is staged with the help of Huntington resident Chris Elston and uses LED lights and computer controls.

Live nativity

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A live nativity scene will be on display Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Warren at the Church of Christ on Third and Wayne Streets. The display will be held in the church parking lot and viewers can drive by or stop in. The church will also serve hot chocolate and cookies. The event has been hosted by the Church of Christ for more than 25 years.

Christmas program at Bethel AOG is Dec. 6

Bethel Assembly of God will hold its annual Children's Christmas program on Sunday Dec. 6, during the 10 a.m. service.

Following the service, the annual Christmas dinner will be held.

For more information call 356-8363.

The church is located at 1640 E. Taylor St., Huntington.


Santa to tell stories at HPL on Dec. 12

The Huntington City-Township Library will host Stories with Santa on Dec. 12, starting at 10 a.m.

Along with story time, each child will receive a special gift from Santa, sponsored by the Psi Iota Xi Sorority.

Parents are welcome to bring cameras to take pictures of their children with Santa or on his sleigh.

The event is open to the public and there is no charge.

Registration is suggested but not required.

For more information call the Children's Department at 356-2900.

The library is located at 200 W. Market St.


Christmas season is rolling in full swing with several local events

Mary Welches, Dr. Evelyn Priddy and Alan Daugherty (from left) collaborated on two books of historical fiction featuring early settlers in Huntington. The books will be available during the Christmas Tree Walk Dec. 5 and 6.
Photo provided.

The Christmas season is truly under way this weekend, with Santa arriving in two more Huntington County communities and a host of decorated trees on display at the Historic Forks of the Wabash.

There's also a holiday sing-along and a theatrical production at Huntington University, another holiday play in Warren, a community performance of Handel's "Messiah" and a scaled down, but still glittering, Christmas light display at Memorial Park.

Here's a rundown of all the ways you can get into the holiday spirit this weekend:

Huntington man serves Thanksgiving meals in Afghanistan

First Sgt. Charles Applegate, of Huntington, accepts a meal order from Spc. Stephen Hill on Thanksgiving Day at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
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First Sgt. Charles Applegate, of Huntington, spent his Thanksgiving Day serving meals to soldiers at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

Applegate is a member of Task Force Cyclone, Headquarters and Headquarters Com-pany. Members of the command group of Task Force Cyclone served the Thanksgiving meals.

EUM Church will treat visitors to 'A Night in Bethlehem'

Carley McElhaney (left) and Sam Wright portray Mary and Joseph in last year’s “Night in Bethlehem” at Evangelical United Methodist Church. This year’s performance is Dec. 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Photo provided.

Evangelical United Methodist Church will host "A Night in Bethlehem" on Friday, Dec. 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Bethlehem marketplace and interact with shopkeepers and shepherds as well as view the live nativity scene.

There is no cost for admission to the event.

For more information or to register call 356-6975 or visit www.e-umc.org.

The church is located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd.


Holiday music

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Christmas in the City in downtown Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 28, had the mood set by holiday music from the quartet of (from left) Bill Richey, Marvin Hall, Doug McElhaney and Tom McElhaney.

'A Christmas Carol'

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Joel Froomkin, co-owner of the New Huntington Supper Club, gets into his reading of Charles Dickens' Christmas classic, "A Christmas Carol," on Saturday, Nov. 28, at the supper club during Christmas in the City activities in downtown Huntington.

Santa leads the caroling

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Santa Claus leads the caroling in front of the Warren Community Memorial Christmas Tree on Friday night, Nov. 27, during Winter Warrenland activities.

Santa and admirers

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Santa Claus visits with several of his admirers during Winter Warrenland activities Friday night, Nov. 27, in downtown Warren.

Photos with Santa

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Young Brooke Stout (right) and Santa pose for a photo during the Christmas in the City event in downtown Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Santa arrives in Huntington

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Santa and Angel Smith, a dispatcher with Huntington Rescue, get a ride into downtown Huntington on Rescue One on Saturday, Nov. 28, during Huntington's Christmas in the City.

Andrews Community Helpers keep filling a need at Thanksgiving

JoAnn Prus (foreground) and Laura Dillon dish up a meal Saturday, Nov. 21, at Miller’s Pub in Andrews. The Andrews Community Helpers prepared and delivered more than 160 meals to shut-ins and people in need in the Andrews area.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

More than 160 Thanksgiving dinners were hand-delivered to Seniors and families in need in the Andrews area on Saturday, Nov. 21, thanks to a group of volunteers calling themselves the Andrews Community Helpers.

This is the eighth year for the tradition, which has grown from just 44 dinners being delivered the first year. The number has nearly doubled from last year, when only 85 dinners were delivered, volunteer Laura Dillon says.

Each recipient received generous helpings of ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, yams, rolls, pie and deviled eggs.

Giving thanks

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Ashlynn Snyder (left) takes a scoop of candy from the bowl as Renee Greving (right) looks on during the Trinity United Methodist Preschool Thanksgiving Feast on Monday, Nov. 23. The feast included the Thanksgiving favorite, sliced turkey, along with other finger food.

Time for dessert

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Trent Shively (left) and Mason Harman are in line for dessert during a Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County. The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club prepared and served the dinner, which was followed by bingo.

Jolly Old Christmas Elf ready to make first appearances

Madison Wajer visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus during their visit to Huntington during the 2008 Christmas in the City event. Santa will arrive in Huntington this year on Saturday, Nov. 28.
TAB file photo.

The Christmas season is fast approaching - and with it, Santa Claus.

The jolly old elf will make his appearance in two Huntington County towns this weekend, rolling into Warren on Friday, Nov. 27, and then showing up in Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 28.

The visit to Warren is part of "Winter WarrenLand," which begins with Santa's arrival at the Warren Town Hall at 6 p.m. on Friday. He'll officiate at the lighting of the town Christmas tree and downtown lights, then lead the crowd to the Knight-Bergman Center for another lighting ceremony and refreshments.

Thanksgiving helpers

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Volunteer Don Adkins hands out a packaged Thanksgiving dinner to a waiting delivery crew Saturday, Nov. 21, at Miller's Pub in Andrews. A group of loosely-organized volunteers, calling themselves the Andrews Community Helpers, prepared about 150 Thanksgiving dinners that were delivered to shut-ins and anyone in need in the Andrews area. This is the eighth year for the project. The number of meals prepared and delivered this year almost doubled from last year, when 85 meals were sent out. Nine turkeys, three hams and all the trimmings were prepared for the meals.

Essay winner

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Mike Perkins (right), judge of the "A Day of Remembrance" essay contest, presents a plaque to contest winner Sydni Fife (left), a fifth grade student at Lancaster Elementary at the school on Thursday, Nov. 12, as part of the school's Veterans Day celebration. The Auxiliary of American Legion Post 85 in Huntington sponsored the contest, and plans to continue the event next year.

Salamonie veterans' program

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Salamonie School's seventh and eighth grade choirs perform "Letters from War" during their annual Veteran's Day program on Wednesday morning, Nov. 11. The choir is under direction of Mrs. Susan Coolman, pictured right.

Raising the flag

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Senior Vice Commander Michael Smith (left) assists Jerry Walling, Veterans of Foreign Wars chaplain, in raising the flag at a ceremony outside Lancaster Elementary School on Thursday morning, Nov. 12. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 in Huntington sponsored the flag raising in observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

Kindred spirits

Photo by Scott Trauner.

World War II Army Air Corps veteran Bill Jones (left) talks with Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Wil Kline and his childlren after the Veterans Day 2009 Program on Tuesday evening, Nov. 10, at the First Church of the Nazarene. The program was put on by the Huntington County Veterans' Service Office.