Brian’s picks – November 10

In the past, when I’ve heard the clippity clop of horses hooves and carriages moving down Main Street at Hope’s annual free Christmas of Yesteryear, I feel like I’m in a Charles Dickens scene — or maybe a Currier and Ives print. So, while I’m a big fan of Christmas, I’m also a big fan of nostalgia. And maybe no one mixes the two quite like the folks of Hope. This year’s event, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 on and around the historic Hope Town Square, will feature shops open until late, a live Nativity, strolling Victorian carolers, Santa, carriage rides rolling through Hope’s past via costumed characters, and a bake sale, crafts and cookie decorating at the Yellow Trail Museum.

A Paraguayan orchestra with homemade instruments made from trash becomes an international smash in the 2015 documentary “Landfill Harmonic” to be shown for free at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus. Columbus resident Lisa Westmark has made the presentation possible as a precursor to the free 12th Annual Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the same location. Information: the Facebook page at Deja Vu Art and Fine Craft Show.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.