The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


November 30, 2009

Butler County events celebrate holiday spirit

Celebrate the holidays in Butler County with history and arts events as well as tours, teas and other holiday happenings.

• Friday through Sunday: Christmas Open House At The Glass Blowing Center; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 114 Leonard Road, Hilliards. Info: 724-791-2100 or

• Saturday: Holidays with Marianne Cornetti Symphony Concert, 7:30 p.m., Butler Intermediate High School Auditorium. Tickets: 724-283-1402;

• Saturday and Sunday: “A Civil War Christmas” at Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House with a free public program highlighting the traditions, music, and culture of Christmas in 19th-century America. The event, presented in partnership with Mercer’s 10th Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Company, will include historical reenactments and activities inside the festive holiday atmosphere of the Stone House.

Light refreshments will also be served. Visitors can talk with Civil War soldiers at home and in camp, meet the wives and children who endured the holiday season without husbands and fathers, and learn how Americans celebrated Christmas in the midst of one of the most turbulent and significant periods of the nation’s history. Doors will open at 10 a.m., with festivities continuing until 5 p.m. each day.

The Old Stone House is located at the intersection of Route 8, Route 173, and Route 528, 12 miles north of Butler.Info:

• Dec. 11: Saxonburg Carol Sing -- historic Saxonburg is lit with luminaries, old fashioned carols are performed and sing-a-longs are encouraged.

Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides; shops open late; hot drinks for sale. Takes place in the library lot at Main St. 6 p.m. Info: 724-352-1400;

• Dec. 11: A Winter’s Eve Concert - This performance warms concert-goers with joyous holiday sounds at Butler County Community College Succop Theater; 8 p.m. Info: 412-818-7262 or

• Dec. 12: Program at Providence Plantation - Programs include: introduction to the frontier, tour of the plantation site, welcome and reception, music and song, interpretive presentations and period candle light dinner at 300 Textor Hill Road, Evans City; 4 to 7 p.m.; $25/person $15/under age 12. Reservations required a week in advance. Info: 724-538-8818 or

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