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Oshkosh Celebration of Lights

November 11, 2013 by braytonbb

 

When I use to travel for my job, before owning a bed and breakfast, I drove through Oconto one evening and witnessed a beautiful display of holiday lights strung through the trees of their city park along with a few lighted displays. I thought not only was it majestic, but what a wonderful idea. Just a few short years later in 2001, Oshkosh had the same idea with the Oshkosh Celebration of Lights. What has grown from a beautiful holiday display is now a grand production that depends on many volunteers and hours of  work creating this work of art. With more than a half of a million lights spread over a mile throughout beautiful Menominee Park, Oshkosh Celebration of Lights supports our local community with an annual food drive. This annual holiday event has donated 80 tons of non-perishable food, which has been turned over to local pantries to feed those in need here, in the Oshkosh area.

Each year more than 10,000 cars,trucks, and busses comes through Menominee Park to see sculptured scenes, lighted displays, a 100 foot tree, reindeer, and Santas workshop. Starting on Monday, November 25 this year and going until December 31st, Celebration of Lights will be open from 5:00-9:00 PM.

Its starting to feel a lot like the holidays

October 28, 2013 by braytonbb

 

It is starting to feel a lot like the holidays. Starting Tuesday, November 12-January 12, the Oshkosh Public Museum, introduces “Deck the Halls”, which is a new holiday experience.

This new event will include special activities, events and exhibits for everyone to participate in. On the second floor, a Christmas Village will be exhibited which will feature Oshkosh store front façades based on photographs from the museums archives, which will showcase a variety of toys. The community will get to vote on which toys will be on exhibit.

The Oshkosh Public Museum was owned by the Sawyer family from 1872-1908. Activities and decorations throughout the mansion will reflect the time period when the Sawyer’s lived on this property. There will be interactive displays, and demonstrations that would be appropriate to the original functions of the rooms during the weekends.  There will also be a light pole decorating contest among local service groups who will compete and judged by the community by making cash donations to the group of their choice.

  • The Parlor will feature parlor games and an 1890s gift-covered Christmas tree
  • The Dining Room revolves around food and table settings and a 1900s cotton-covered Christmas tree
  • The Den will amuse with holiday stories and an 1880s table-top Christmas tree
  • The Library provides entertainment in the form of music and crafts and a 1910s electrified tree

Other holiday amenities include Candy Cane Cafe, a relaxing place to sit down and enjoy some refreshments, and the ever-popular Museum Scavenger Hunt with an impish twist as visitors are challenged to find the Museum elves hidden among the holiday decorations.

 

Just two days later on November 14th is the annual community holiday parade. It will start at  6:30pm  in downtown Oshkosh. Five entries are awarded each year for their creativity and best use of the “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child” theme. The awards include the Grand Marshall’s Award, Chancellor’s Award, Mayor’s Award, Children’s Award and the Chamber of Commerce Award.

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