Go! Guide – Nov. 29

Lighting up the season — and the sky

The Dorel Juvenile Group float heads up Washington Street during the 30th Festival of Lights parade in downtown Columbus in 2021. The crowd-pleasing parade returns with a special addition for 2023 — a fireworks finale. The fun runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Kids and teens

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Preschool Art Studio, 11 a.m., Nov. 29; Teen Watch-It Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13; Teen NaNoWriMo Writers Group, 4 p.m., Nov. 29; Library Babies, 10 and 10:30 a.m., Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14; Teen Thursgame, 3:30 p.m., Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14; Family Storytime, 3:30 p.m., Nov. 30; Teen RPG: Avatar Legends, 3:30 p.m., Nov. 30; Teen Winter Coloring Party, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 1; Sing and Play with Allie Jean, 4 p.m., Dec. 1, 10 a.m., Dec. 15; Kids’ Ukulele Class, 4:30 p.m., Dec. 1; Teen Study & Chill, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 4; Family Storytime, 6 p.m., Dec. 4, 11; Toddler Time, 9:15 and 10 a.m., Dec. 5, 12; Cuentos y Cantos, 11 a.m., Dec. 5; Teen Ornament Making, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 5; STEMnastics, 5 p.m., Dec. 5; Whatever the Weather, 11 a.m., Dec. 6; Hope Family Craft Night, 3 p.m., Dec. 6; Crafts and Cocoa, 4 p.m., Dec. 7; Teen Crochet Camp, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 8; Teen Pizza Party Society, 3 p.m., Dec. 9; Teen Pup Club, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 11; Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m., Dec. 12; Teen Life-Size Oregon Trail, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 12; Preschool STEAM, 11 a.m., Dec. 13; Builders’ Guild, 4 p.m., Dec. 13; Teen Dungeons and Dragons, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 14; Tween Game Time, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 14; Kwanza, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 14; Teen STEAM, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 15; Tween Stitch Camp, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 15; An American Girl Holiday, 1:30 p.m., Dec. 16. Information: mybcpl.org/events.


CHRISTMAS CONCERT, 3 p.m., Dec. 3, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra invites you to our Christmas Concert. Youth from the Andrews String Studio will be performing at 3 p.m. with the full orchestra at 3:30 p.m. There is no admission charge for this concert and seats fill up fast, so plan accordingly. The symphony will be performing a large range of holiday songs from traditional to pop and even doing singalongs with the audience.

SONGS FOR LOVE CHAPEL, 3 p.m., Dec. 10, St. Paul Episcopal Church, 2651 California St., Columbus. Featuring local musicians and choirs offering favorite sacred and secular music for the Christmas Holidays. Admission is free with an offering for Love Chapel.

CHIRSTMAS CONCERT, 7 p.m., Dec. 17, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6045 E. State St., Columbus. Featuring Dr. Michelle Louer, director, Dr. John Allegar, organist, and the Second Presbyterian Church Beecher Singers & Orchestra. A pre-concert harp recital will begin at 6:40 p.m. Free.

Sports, exercise, wellness

HOOP SHOOT, 12:30 p.m., Dec. 9, Foundation for Youth, 405 Hope Ave., Columbus. Columbus Elks Lodge #521 Hoop Shoot. Registration is at noon, shooting begins at 12:30 p.m. Age groups: boys & girls 8-9, 10-11 & 12-13. Local winners will go on to compete at the District Hoop Shoot to be held in Seymour.

BLACKWELL PARK STORYWALK, Blackwell Park, 1550 Whitney Court, Columbus. Enjoy some fresh air while strolling the Bartholomew County Public Library’s StoryWalk. Together with the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, the library is excited to feature “Waiting for the Biblioburro/Esperando el Biblioburro” by Monica Brown in November. The StoryWalk is located along the People Trail near the Pollinator Park in Blackwell Park.

SWIMMING FOR EXERCISE, Foundation for Youth, 405 Hope Ave., Columbus. Lap swimming, water aerobics and public swim are available. You must preregister for current swim sessions. Information: foundationforyouth.com.


BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Reading with Friends, 9:30 a.m., Nov. 29; Author Talk, 3 p.m., Nov. 30, 7 p.m., Dec. 5, 2 p.m., Dec. 12; Cribbage Game Night at Swine and Dine, 6 p.m., Nov. 30; Adult Game Night, 6 p.m., Dec. 4; Chair Yoga, 1 p.m., Dec. 5, 12; Apartment Gardening, 6 p.m., Dec. 5; Skill Builders, 1:30 p.m., Dec. 6; Hope Family Craft Night, 3 p.m., Dec. 6; Crafts and Cocoa, 4 p.m., Dec. 7; Book Tasting, 5:30 p.m., Dec. 12; Kwanza, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 14. Information: mybcpl.org/events.

CHRISTMAS OF YESTERYEAR, 5 to 8 p.m., Dec. 1, Hope Town Square. Presented by Yellow Trail Museum in Hope. Bake sale and crafts with Santa arriving at the Museum at 5:15 p.m. Live nativity in the square. Character performances at Willow Leaves.

HOLIDAY MARKET, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 2, Unitarian Universalist Church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus. Artisan vendors, sweet breakfast treats, homemade soup and dessert lunch, plus cookie walk. Features many non-profit organizations selling items perfect for gift-giving. There will also be a special Children’s Emporium which children can shop for low-cost gifts without adult help. Information: 812-342-6230.

COLUMBUS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, 6 to 9 p.m., Dec. 2, Columbus. Columbus Festival of Lights Parade is an annual event where the community gathers to watch illuminated floats in downtown Columbus. Bring your family down to experience the magic of the season and feel the warmth of a community. There are tons of activities that will be wrapped up with a light parade followed by fireworks. Visit columbusfestivaloflights.com or email [email protected].

CONCERT AND OPEN HOUSE, 1 p.m., Dec. 3, Hayden Historical Museum, 6715 W. County Road 20S, North Vernon. The Hayden Historical Museum will host a concert by the Woodshop Boys band and their Christmas Open House. The concert will take place in the pavilion at 1 p.m., followed by a brief rededication of the Hayden road sign and then the Hayden Museum, A Place Called Yesterday and the 1947 Sinclair gas station will be open for visitors. There will also be a Christmas goodies baking contest. Proceeds to benefit the Hayden Little Hoosier Historians’ projects and activities. For more information, call 812-592-8445 or email [email protected].

ELKS LODGE BINGO, 6:30 p.m. Fridays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays, Elks 521 Lodge Bingo Hall, 4664 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus. Doors open at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. The first game is at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Open to the public. Information: 812-379-4386.

VFW POST 1987 BINGO, 215 N. National Road, Columbus, Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), and the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 6 p.m. (doors open at noon). Open to the public.

AMERICAN LEGION BINGO & KARAOKE, American Legion Post 25, 2515 25th St., Columbus. Bingo is on Tuesdays starting at 6 p.m. Karaoke is on Wednesdays starting at 6 p.m.

COLUMBUS CHESS CLUB, 5 to 9 p.m., Thursdays, Lewellen Chapel, corner of Middle Road and Grissom Street, Columbus. Equipment is furnished. Open to chess players 16 and older. Information: 812-603-3893.

COLUMBUS AREA RAILROAD CLUB OPEN HOUSE, noon to 4 p.m., Dec. 16 and the third Saturday of each month. Trains will be operating layouts in four scales — HO, N, O, and On30. The club is located at the Johnson County Park headquarters building adjacent to Camp Atterbury. Information: Greg Harter, 812-350-8636, or on Facebook at Columbus Area Railroad Club.

GRACE’S TABLE FREE MEAL, 5 p.m., Dec. 10 and the second Sunday of each month, East Columbus United Methodist Church, 2439 Indiana Ave., Columbus. Free meal in the youth center as well as music and storytelling. Enter the church parking lot on Indiana Avenue.

AMERICAN SEWING GUILD, 9 to 11 a.m., Dec. 2 and the first Saturday of each month. Neighborhood group welcomes sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels and walks of life, meets monthly to learn new sewing skills, network with others who share an interest in sewing and participate in community sewing projects. If you are interested in attending, please email Marilyn at [email protected] for meeting location.

COLUMBUS STAR QUILT GUILD, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Dec. 7 and the first Thursday of each month, First Baptist Church Columbus, 3300 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. Each gathering consists of a short business meeting followed by a quilting lesson/program, along with show-and-tell of finished projects. Members participate in various service projects. New and experienced quilters are invited to attend. Membership dues are $15 per year. For information, visit starquiltersofcolumbus.weebly.com.

EVENING STAR QUILT GUILD, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Dec. 12 and the second Tuesday of each month, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus. The Evening Star Quilt Guild is a group of women who enjoy creating traditional and modern art quilts while learning new methods. For more, visit starquiltersofcolumbus.weebly.com.

FRIENDS DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB, 1 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2561 N. California St., Columbus. Bridge club open to the public.

Galleries, museums, exhibits

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 524 Third St., Columbus. The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. BCHS hosts two permanent exhibits that share the history and heritage of Bartholomew County. Learn about our county through interactive, hands-on exhibits that include a map table, notable people, county timeline, Then and Now, Did You Know, early industrialists and videos of Reeves steam engines. The historical society also hosts rotating exhibits throughout the year featuring items from their extensive collection. “Christmas Trees Through Time — Christmas Memories” continues through Dec. 21. Admission is free, with a donation suggested. Information: 812-372-3541, bartholomewhistory.org.

GALLERY 506, Columbus Indiana Visitors Center, 506 Fifth St., Columbus. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

YELLOW TRAIL MUSEUM/VISITOR CENTER/RESEARCH CENTER, west side of Hope Town Square, 644 Main St., Hope. The museum is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment. The Research Center is currently available by appointment. For more information: 812-546-8020.

ATTERBURY-BAKALAR AIR MUSEUM, located at Columbus Municipal Airport, 4742 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus, is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted to help with ongoing costs of operation. Special tours may be scheduled by calling 812-372-4356. The museum preserves the history of the former Atterbury Army Air Field, later named Bakalar Air Force Base. Visit the museum online at atterburybakalarairmuseum.org and on Facebook.

PERCEPTIONS YOGA, MINDFULNESS & ART, 139 State Road 3, Vernon. Third annual Holiday Art Show & Sale, Tuesdays noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through December 22nd. Original works for sale include acrylic and oil paintings, ornaments, jewelry, pottery, furniture, handmade decorative pieces, cards, collectibles, and woodworking items. Information: www.perceptionsyoga.org or facebook.com/northvernonyoga.

T.C. STEELE STATE HISTORIC SITE, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Nashville. Staff is offering special indoor tours — each with a limited number of people. Tours are included with site admission, but preregistration is recommended by calling 812-988-2785. Information: indianamuseum.org/tcsteele.

TRI-STATE ARTISANS, 422 Washington St., Columbus. Handmade retail gallery of more than 60 local artisans. Unique gifts, fine art, art classes for youth and adults, youth art programs, art parties and home parties. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: tsartisans.com.

JENNINGS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM, 134 Brown St., Vernon. Museum hours are Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Information: 812-346-8989, jenningscounty.org.

BROWN COUNTY ART GUILD, 48 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Guild Artist Exhibition and Fine Art Sale through Nov. 3.

THE REPUBLIC BUILDING GALLERY, 333 Second St., Columbus. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

411 GALLERY, 411 Sixth St., Columbus. 411 is a community arts gallery and cultural space for exhibitions, events and collaborations with Columbus arts and cultural organizations. The galley is open Thursday and Friday from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more about the current exhibition and artists at artsincolumbus.org/411.

HOOSIER ARTIST GALLERY, 45 S. Jefferson St., Nashville. Hoosier Artist Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jewelry and glass artist Elizabeth Parrock and photographer Tom Duffy are the November featured artists. Parrock creates beautiful beadwork, PMC in silver, bronze, and copper jewelry, and fused glass. Duffy began his photography career about 15 years ago, focusing on soothing and inspirational compositions found in nature. He often blends various textures, creating unique and colorful abstract images. Information: hoosierartist.com.

BROWN COUNTY ART GALLERY, 1 Artist Drive, Nashville. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Information: 812-988-4609, [email protected], browncountyartgallery.org.

CHARLENE MARSH STUDIO & GALLERY, 4013 Lanam Ridge Road, Nashville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Mondays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, please call the studio/gallery at 812-988-4497 or visit charlenemarshstudio.com.


FABULOUS FIRST FRIDAYS WITH MISS POLLY, 12:15 p.m., Dec. 1 and the first Friday of each month. Viewpoint Books, 548 Washington St., Columbus. Information: 812-376-0778.

FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, 405 Hope Ave., Columbus. The Boys & Girls Club is open to children ages 5-18. Information: 812-372-7867.

KIDSCOMMONS, 309 Washington St., Columbus. Ongoing activities are all free with museum admission. Information: 812-378-3046.