Special Events & Festivals

Santa to make first stop in county in Warren Friday

Santa Claus arrives in Warren for last year’s Christmas festivities in a horse-drawn wagon driven by Jay Walters. A Santa-centered celebration will return to Warren Friday evening, Nov. 28.
TAB file photo.

Santa Claus will make his first stop of 2014 in Huntington County on Friday, Nov. 28, arriving in Warren at 6 p.m.

In a break from previous years, Santa will proceed directly to the Knight-Bergman Center, 132 N. Nancy St., in Warren, rather than making an initial stop downtown.

Santa will arrive in a horse-drawn wagon, escorted by the Warren Fire Department, to oversee the lighting of the Knight-Bergman Center’s Christmas displays.

Huntington Christmas happenings start Nov. 29

The Christmas train takes a load of revelers for a ride in downtown Huntington during last year’s Christmas in the City celebration. Train rides will again be offered during this year’s event, set to take place on Saturday, Nov. 29.
TAB file photo.

Festivities downtown and a lighting ceremony at Memorial Park will usher in the holiday season in Huntington.

The annual Christmas in the City celebration will take place this Saturday, Nov. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lights at Memorial Park will be turned on during a ceremony the following evening, Sunday, Nov. 30.

Christmas in the City activities will take place in the three-block downtown area, with all activities beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until 1 p.m.

Musical light show in downtown Hgtn. to debut Nov. 29

A musical light show in downtown Huntington will make its debut after dark on Saturday, Nov. 29,  following the Christmas in the City celebration.

The display is a reincarnation of a light show that first made its appearance at a home on LaFontaine Street, then moved to Memorial Park before disappearing for several years.
Its rebirth came about under the guidance of Chris Elston — who was responsible for the shows at both his LaFontaine Street home and Memorial Park — with, he’s quick to point out, help from a lot of other people.

Holiday Walk 'sleigh' ride

Photo by Steve Clark.

Jay Walters and his horse, dressed up like a reindeer, give attendees of the Holiday Walk, in Warren, a ride on Friday night, Nov. 21.

Holiday Walk petting zoo

Photo by Steve Clark.

Harold Smith (left) holds up grandson Dakota Collins so he can get a better look at an animal at the Warren Holiday Walk petting zoo on Friday night, Nov. 21.

Llama Story Time

Photo by Steve Clark.

Robert Neuenschwander (left), director of the Warren Public Library, tells children a tale during “Llama Story Time” at the library on Friday night, Nov. 21. Llamas owned by Beth Thompson were stationed outside the library for children to pet prior to coming inside and hearing a llama-centric holiday story. Both activities were held as part of the Warren Holiday Walk.

Sharing his mission

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Captain Chad McGinnis, retired chaplain of the Illinois Army National Guard, shares stories from his 21 years of service during the Huntington University Foundation’s breakfast on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11. Foundation members honored active duty military personnel and veterans during the breakfast.

Holiday season arrives in Warren on Friday

Jay Walters drives a horse-drawn wagon through a downtown Warren street during last year’s Holiday Walk and Festival of Trees. Horse-drawn wagon rides will again be offered at this year’s event, which takes place on Friday evening, Nov. 21.
TAB file photo.

The holiday season arrives in Warren this Friday, Nov. 21, with the annual Holiday Walk and Festival of Trees.

Visitors are invited to stroll downtown Warren, sampling holiday goodies, including hot drinks, offered by area businesses and organizations. They can also vote for their favorite decorated tree, with votes accepted at the site of the tree or in the Town Annex.

Activities will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

All eyes on the flag

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Students, teachers and guests of Lancaster Elementary School stand at attention as members of American Legion Post 85 raise the flag in front of the school on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11. The students invited veterans to be their guests at a breakfast before the ceremony, and six of the veterans remained at the school after the ceremony to talk to students about their experiences while serving in the military.

Voice of experience

Photo by Joni Knott.

Ninety-four-year-old Dean Gressley, a veteran of World War II, tells the story of his service in the United States Navy during a Veterans Day program on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Horace Mann Apartments.