Oh, I worked very hard to come up with tough questions for the 2014 Kenosha News Holiday Movie Contest ... but you Kenosha News readers are just too clever. (Or maybe you spend too much of your free time watching movies!)
Still, I did manage to stump a few of the people who entered this year’s contest, and that’s something in this age of looking up everything on the Internet.
Here’s a capsule look at some of the events you can Get Out to this weekend:
What: “The Nutcracker” performed by Kenosha Academy of Dance Music and Drama
The next concert in the Fine Arts at First concert series at First United Methodist Church is the 10th annual Community Sing-Along Messiah concert.
The concert starts at 6 p.m. Sunday and is directed by Gregory Berg.
It always sounds like a fun activity — taking the kids around town to see the various holiday displays. But then someone gets bored and the bickering starts ...
To help keep the peace and to make a Lights Tour more interactive, we’ve come up with some fun holiday games to play:
Coordinating holiday lights to music is a fun trend for those who are handy with computers.
Check out these homes for light-and-music shows:
Kenosha News readers share their favorite spots for holiday decorations:
The yard features “white lights everywhere, Santa and his sleigh, the Ho Ho Ho Holiday Express Train, Pooh, Tigger, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and Frosty and friends on a Candy Cane Island.”
The display at 3441 121st Place in Pleasant Prairie designed by homeowner Jimmie Ray Purser, an electrical engineer by trade, has three full-size singing Christmas trees. That’s right! He programmed the LED lights on the trees to look like a face and sing the Christmas carols broadcast from his home on FM 101.5.
“I thought it would be funny if I had a tree sing ‘O Christmas Tree.’” Purser said. “I just went into the garage and welded it up.”
It’s been a holiday tradition for nearly a decade at James and Carri Kiehl’s house at 6834 106th Ave. on the west side of Kenosha. This year they put up 35,000 lights and linked them to 35 songs broadcast over FM 101.3. With Thanksgiving as the deadline, the family starts setting up around Halloween.
“It takes just a little over 100 hours to set up with the whole family involved in some aspect of the setup,” James Kiehl said. “If relatives visit during a day we are working outside, they are put right to work.”
What’s the best part about the falling gas prices?
We can drive around for hours looking at holiday lights without raiding our kids’ college funds!
“The Nutcracker” ballet has been crushing it for holiday audiences for decades.
Just in time for Christmas, “The Nutcracker” is coming to Bradford High School Auditorium this weekend. The talent comes from the Kenosha Academy of Dance, Music and Drama. The producer of the show, Annie Hackett, said audiences will love it, especially this time of year.
An award-winning documentary film about the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps is coming to the area — maybe.
“Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood” is slated to be shown Jan. 8 at the Marcus Renaissance Cinema, 10411 Washington Ave. in Sturtevant. However, the film will be shown only if enough people order tickets in advance.
Continuing what Musical Director Craig Gall calls “a firmly entrenched Kenosha holiday tradition,” the Kenosha Pops Concert Band will present its 13th annual Christmas concert Saturday night in Carthage College’s Siebert Chapel.
Gall said this year’s concert combines carols from around the world with familiar sacred and secular music of the season.