NEWTON, Kan. — Newton-area museums welcome the public to the “Five Places of Christmas” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. The holiday open house is a collaborative event among Carriage Factory Art Gallery, Harvey County Historical Museum, Kauffman Museum, Warkentin House and Bethel College Women’s Association. Admission is free for all of the venues, with most offering free refreshments and activities.
~ Visitors to Kauffman Museum, located at 27th and Main streets in North Newton, can enjoy items from the theme “Cradles and Creches.” Dr. Annette LeZotte, director, will present the lecture “Nuns and Nativity Cradles” at 11 a.m.
~ Across Main Street, the Bethel College Women’s Association welcomes guests to “Christmas Collections” at the Luyken Fine Arts Center. A wide variety of holiday collections will be on display, including Santas, angels, Christmas plates and more. Visitors can purchase candy by the pound, cinnamon rolls (with complimentary coffee) and other baked goods.
~ Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St. in Newton, will have roasted, spiced and glazed nuts to sample, plus music by the NUTS (Newton Ukelele Tunes Society) and Piano Man Barrick Wilson. A Make-it-and-take-it craft for children of all ages will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Art and gift items will be available throughout the gallery in a variety of price ranges.
~ The Harvey County Historical Museum, 203 N. Main St. in Newton, invites visitors to enjoy “a Coke and a smile!” with a Coca-Cola themed Christmas. The Coke Santa, a tradition at the museum, greets visitors while a Coke-themed tree and other decorations complete the scene. Coca-Cola Cake and cold cans of Coke (as well as a few other choices) are ready to enjoy!
~ The Warkentin House, 211 E. First St. in Newton, offers peppernuts and Mrs. Warkentin’s Russian tea. Children and youth from the Home School Association of Newton will share their vocal and instrumental talents throughout the day while visitors enjoy the decorations that make the house a special holiday treat.
If you have questions, please contact Melody Spurney at the
Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau: (316) 284-3642, firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the “Five Places” venues.