A Not So Silent Night ready to unfold today

Submitted photo Donkeys Eeyore and Blue will be a part of A Not So Silent Night today at the Landmark Columbus Foundation office, 408 Sixth St. in downtown Columbus.

It’ll be beginning to look a lot more like Christmas from 4 to 8 p.m. today in downtown Columbus when the annual A Not So Silent Night event unfolds with many merchants open late.

The kids can find Santa and a reindeer at 4:30 p.m. at the Bartholomew County Historical Society Museum, 524 Third St. Besides the museum’s current Christmas Memories exhibit, there also will be a blacksmithing demonstration.

And for those who are drawn more traditionally creche-oriented scenes, miniature donkeys Eeyore and Blue will be ready to greet visitors at the Landmark Columbus Foundation, 408 Sixth St. The visit is part of a fundraising promotion selling Exhibit Columbus merchandise for a fundraiser for the organization that cares for Columbus’ architectural legacy.

Items for sale will include other special items from past foundation events such as the HutchFest fundraising concert at The Commons. All proceeds from the event will support the foundation’s internship program.

Also on tap from 5 to 7 p.m. is the opening reception of the Columbus Area Arts Council’s 50/50 exhibit, featuring 50 area residents’ creative work on a four-inch square block. The exhibition at 411 Gallery at 411 Sixth St., across from Landmark Columbus Foundation, has become one of the arts council’s most popular, according to organizers.

Plus, the gallery’s Pop-up Shop will feature products based on works by local creative entrepreneurs. Participating artists are: Kyle Battin, Jenni Kiesler, Stacie Larrison, Cheryl Liz, Skye Nicholson, Abhishek Satham, Annie Shields, and Tony Vasquez.

Also on tap in that same location, also known as the Sixth Street Arts Alley, is singing from the Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir. The arts council and the Columbus Area Visitors Center is making the choir’s appearance possible.