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People wait in line for Wassail at last year’s celebration during the annual Denton Holiday Lighting Festival on the downtown Square. Fundraiser ongoing this week for Denton State Supported Living Center. For details, see inside. Page 9


Wassail Fest returns to downtown Square By Megan Gray Staff Writer


he Denton Holiday Lighting Festival will light up the downtown Square on Friday evening for the 25th time. The lighting festival kicks off with a sing-along and the lighting of the community Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m., organizers said. Music, dancing, arts and crafts, food and a visit from Santa continue the festivities until 9 p.m.

The Wassail Fest, a separate event that runs concurrently, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the downtown Square, offering the hot cider served by downtown merchants. Micah Pazoureck, co-chairwoman of the Denton Holiday Festival Association, said the festival began in1988 with just a few hundred people in attendance. The festival now draws an estimated 13,000 to 15,000 people from all over Denton County, who gather at the historic courthouse to enjoy what

Pazoureck calls “the official start of the holiday season.” Pazoureck attributes the growth of the event to good weather and a “wise decision” to move the festival from a Thursday night to a Friday night in 2011. “Since it was no longer a school night — or even a work night for some — this allowed people to come out and stay longer,” she said. “They could then really enjoy themselves. It’s just a familyfriendly way to kick off the holiday sea-

son.” One of the things she said many festivalgoers still don’t realize is that the DHFA is a nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. “We run solely off donations and sponsorships to put this festival on,” Pazoureck said. “Donations are always appreciated to keep it going. … This really is an event put on for the community by the community.” See FESTIVAL on Page 9

THE NUTCRACKER Two new principals highlight production, now in 26th year

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The Festival Ballet of North Texas peforms “The Nutcracker” in front of the tree at the 2012 Denton Holiday Lighting Festival. This year’s performances are slated for 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 15. Ticket prices range from $11 to $36 for the performances at the Margo Jones Performance Hall at the Texas Woman’s University campus.

nder the artistic direction of Eldar and Lilia Valieva, the annual production of the Festival Ballet of North Texas’ The Nutcracker will continue its tradition into a 26th holiday season. This year’s performances are slated for 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the Margo Jones Performance Hall on the Texas Woman’s University campus. Ticket prices range from $11 to $36 for the production which will feature two new principals — Alexandru Glusacov and Melissa Zoebisch. Born in Moldova, Glusacov trained at the Academy of Ballet of Republic of Moldova from 1992 to 1998. He earned a diploma from the International Ballet Competition in Constanta, Romania in 1997. Upon graduation, he joined the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Republic of Moldova where he became a soloist dancer. In 2003, Mr. Glusacov joined the Russian Classical Ballet. In 2004, Glusacov danced with the Russian State Ballet. With these companies, he toured extensively throughout Europe with soloists from the Bolshoi

Theatre. His repertoire includes soloist and principal roles in ballets like Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and many others, as well as contemporary performances. Currently, Glusacov is a freelance dancer guesting throughout the country and teaches as well. Melissa Zoebisch grew up in Mexico and studied at the Chamber Ballet of Jalisco. She was awarded a scholarship to attend for a year at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Mme. Sizova’s class, and returned to Mexico to graduate in 2004. Throughout her school years, she participated in many workshops around the world in Cuba, Canada, Austria, Spain, and the United States. In 2005, Zoebisch joined the National Dance Company, where she obtained soloist roles in her first year in ballets including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Carmen. Her other repertoire includes principal roles in Giselle, Pas de Deux from Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, original contemporary See NUTCRACKER on Page 9


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Denton Record-Chronicle 7:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit . SUNDAY, DEC. 15 2 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit . 2:30 p.m. — The Festival Ballet of North Central Texas presents The Nutcracker at TWU’s Margo Jones Performance Hall, on the first floor of the Music Building, at Oakland Street and Pioneer Circle. Tickets cost $11-$36. Visit or call 940-891-0830. 3 p.m. — Denton Benefit League’s “Tea & Trumpets,� a holiday tea for the family, at TWU’s Hubbard Hall. Enjoy tea, sandwiches, scones, petits fours and more. Tickets cost $35 each, or $75 for patron tickets. Make reservations by Dec. 1 by calling 214-931-3014. 7 p.m. — First Christian

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Church Sanctuary Choir, soloists and Chamber Orchestra present Handel’s Messiah at the church, 1203 N. Fulton St. Reception follows. Free. Visit . TUESDAY, DEC. 17 7 p.m. — Family Friendly Productions presents Sam Shade and the Case of the True Meaning of Christmas, an original musical comedy, at the Pilot Point Community Opera House, 110 S. Washington St. in Pilot Point. Tickets cost $5 each, $3 for ages 6 and younger, or $20 family rate. Visit . THURSDAY, DEC. 19 7 p.m. — Family Friendly Productions presents Sam Shade and the Case of the True Meaning of Christmas, an original musical comedy, in the Shabbat Room at Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. I-35E in Corinth. Tickets cost $5 each, $3 for ages 6 and younger, or $20 family rate. Visit . FRIDAY, DEC. 20 7:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or

visit . 7 p.m. — Family Friendly Productions presents Sam Shade and the Case of the True Meaning of Christmas, an original musical comedy, in the Shabbat Room at Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. I-35E in Corinth. Tickets cost $5 each, $3 for ages 6 and younger, or $20 family rate. Visit . SATURDAY, DEC. 21 1 to 6 p.m. — Holiday Drop N’ Shop for ages 5-12 at Little Elm Recreation Center, 303 Main St. Cost is $12 per child. Kids can enjoy an afternoon of crafts, games, movies, food and fun with center staff. Registration is required. Call 972-731-3277 or visit . 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. — Family Friendly Productions presents Sam Shade and the Case of the True Meaning of Christmas, an original musical comedy, in the Shabbat Room at Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. I-35E in Corinth. Tickets cost $5 each, $3 for ages 6 and younger, or $20 family rate. Visit . 7:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street at the Campus Theatre, 214 W.

Holiday events in Denton, the region

Highland Village: Santa Day The annual Santa Day will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 14 with the help of the Highland Village Firefighter’s Association. Santa will make a visit to the Highland Village Fire Department so children can make their requests for Christmas. Activities range from a fire engine bounce house and face painting to having pictures with Santa. Children and adults are encouraged to attend. The fire department is accepting new, unwrapped toys through Dec. 14. Donations will benefit a local charity. Lake Dallas: Holiday lighting The 2013 lighting of the Lake Dallas Christmas tree is slated for Saturday. Attendees can enjoy an evening full of free holiday entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. at the Lake Dallas City Hall. There will be plenty of live music, crafts, refreshments and the annual visit from Santa Clause. The event ends at 9 p.m. For information call Stephanie Berndt, community relations manager for Lake Dallas at 940-497-2226, ext. 132.


Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway in Dallas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Early closings 4 p.m. Dec. 24, 6 p.m. Dec. 31; closed Nov. 28 and Dec. 25. Tickets cost $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 2-12 and seniors 65 and older. Visit . Friday through Dec. 31 — Holiday at the Arboretum featuring “Angels in DeGolyer,� a collection of 400 angels in the lavish decorated DeGolyer Mansion, at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; visits by a live reindeer and costumed characters, Saturdays and Sundays; holiday tea ($47$57, reservations required). Tickets to main garden cost $10-$15, plus $3 fee for optional children’s garden; $5$10 for parking. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Nov. 28, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Call 214-515-6500 or visit . Friday through Jan. 4 — The Hilton Anatole’s holiday spectacular “Sparkle!� and Christmas at the Anatole, at 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. For schedule and more information, visit .

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Campfire Christmas Relax and enjoy a toasty campfire this season with loved ones. Forget all the stresses the holiday brings and celebrate the simple pleasures in life at Lake Ray Roberts Campfire Christmas on Dec. 21. The event will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Isle Du Bois Unit.

Courthouse, Christmas Artisans Village and children’s activities. Event concludes with carols from Lakeside Baptist Church singers at Granbury Square Plaza, 205 E. State Loop 426. Free. Visit . ONGOING Through Dec. 21 — “A Southfork Christmas� at Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Road in Parker. Lights, music, Santa Claus, and tram tours to vignettes depicting Texas holiday celebrations through the years. Open 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for ages 5-12, free for ages 4 and younger. Visit . Through Dec. 22 — Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts’ The Nutcracker, at the Dallas Children’s Theater, Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday11/29; 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sundays; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Tickets cost $13-$40. Call 214-740-0051 or visit . Through Jan. 5 — The Trains at NorthPark, 4,000square-foot toy train exhibit benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. On Level 2 of NorthPark


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This weekend, at Golden Triangle Mall, the U.S. Marine Corps and the Armed Forces 957th Quartermaster Company will bring Christmas joy to the less fortunate. Beginning Friday, shoppers can drop off new toys as part of the Toys for Tots program to cadets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as the same time frame on Saturday and Sunday. Also this weekend, live band performances are slated from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the new food court on Friday. On Saturday, a puppet show will be at the food court from noon to 1 p.m. followed by Christmas carolers at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. At 2 p.m., a Harley Davidson Toys for Tots motorcade will arrive at the mall. Live band performances return to the food court from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. On Sunday, live band performances are slated for 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit . SUNDAY, DEC. 22 2 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit . IN THE REGION 6 p.m. Friday — Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights in downtown Fort Worth. Holiday Fun Zone area, in General Worth Square on Main Street between Eighth and Ninth streets, opens at 2 p.m. Visit . 10 a.m. Dec. 7 — Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade in downtown Dallas. Admission is free; reserved bleacher seats are available for $25. For more information, including the parade route, v i s i t rade . 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13-14 — Granbury Living Christmas Cards event including displays around the Hood County

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Region Meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater to enjoy a campfire, hot cocoa and other holiday treats. Make a traditional Christmas ornament and set out for a peaceful twilight hike. For more information contact Kelly Lauderdale at 940-686-2148, ext. 258. Lewisville: Holiday stroll The annual Old Town Holiday Stroll will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in Old Town Lewisville, featuring a wide range of free family events. The event, previously called “Holiday at the Hall,” is being jointly presented by the City of Lewisville and Old Town Business Association with assistance from Keep Lewisville Beautiful, Kiwanis Club of Southern Denton County, Old Town Preservation Society and Dancers Workshop. Highlights will include the Huffines Auto Group Christmas Parade at 3 p.m., followed by Holiday Stroll activities from 4 to 8 p.m. including the city’s Christmas Tree Lighting, a Gingerbread House Contest, visits with Santa Claus, unveiling the Christmas Window Display tour, live music and entertainment, children’s crafts and more. Although not part of the Holiday Stroll, the annual Motorcycle Toy Run will be held the same day starting at 10 a.m. at American Eagle Harley-Davidson in Corinth and ending with lunch and a live band in Old Town Lewisville. As many as 1,000 bikes are expected to participate and to collect more than 1,000 toys for local children’s charities. The parade will start at Cowan Street and travel east on Main Street, then south on Mill Street to Purnell Street. Prime viewing areas will be set up along Main Street in the downtown corridor. After the parade, Santa Claus will meet with children for photos and to hear their Christmas requests. At 5:15 p.m., Mayor Dean Ueckert and Mrs. Claus will join forces for the “Lewisville Lights!” Old Town Christmas Tree Lighting, flipping the switch to turn on the city’s Christmas tree and tens of thousands of lights along Main and Church streets, on Lewisville City Hall and on MCL Grand. For more information, call 972-219-3401.

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Little Elm: Santa around town The Little Elm Fire Department will be teaming up with Santa again this year for the Santa Around Town Program beginning on Dec. 9. Santa is teaming up with firefighters to ride through town spreading holiday cheer. Festivities will begin approximately at 6:30 pm. The sirens will signify Santa’s arrival throughout the town. Pilot Point: Christmas on the Square Christmas on the Square will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday on the Historic Town Square in Pilot Point. If the weather is uncooperative, the event will be held in the Opera House. Scheduled activities include Christmas tree and ornament decorating, Christmas cookie decorating, cake walk, music, face painting for kids and Christmas lights.

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Volunteers for the Denton State Supported Living Center will partner with KRLD-AM (1080) this week for the annual Christmas is for Caring fundraiser. This is the 35th year that the center’s Volunteer Services Council and the crew at the Dallas radio station partner to help raise money for things that the state of Texas doesn’t pay for, including Christmas gifts for the residents and other needs. The phone bank will be open all this week, and all contributions are tax-deductible and go straight to the council. Susan Dean, spokeswoman for the council, said this year the goal is to raise $150,000 to help pay for a walkway that connects the residences to both pavilions on campus. About half of the 400 residents use wheelchairs and currently cannot make full use of the center’s grounds, which are located in southern Denton on State School Road. “We have all kinds of events in those pavilions — picnics and music,� Dean said. Not only would the walkway allow residents in wheelchairs to attend those events, but it would also be available for use by residents who enjoy riding bicycles, she said. Each year, the council raises money for a major improvement that wouldn’t be funded by the state. Last year, the council bought two wheelchair-accessible vans so that residents could take trips. The Christmas is for Caring season will conclude with the center’s traditional Christmas party Dec. 19. Residents will open their gifts and those who are able will also come together for a dance party, Dean said. To make a donation, call the KRLD hotline at 214-219-1080 or mail a check to the Denton State Supported Living Center, ATTN: Christmas is for Caring, P.O. Box 368, Denton TX 76201-0368. Donors can also make a $10 donation by texting “CIFC� to 20222 or by following the link online at PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

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Festival While the festival has grown, attendees said it hasn’t lost that quaint, small-town feel. Janie McLeod, now the community events coordinator for the city of Denton, said she was involved with the festival when it first began while she was working with the Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This event has so many positive impacts on the community — it is a fun, family-friendly

event with a variety of great entertainment; is good for the downtown businesses and brings everyone together regardless of ages,� she said. McLeod said that the festival is a tradition that she shared with her family and now shares with her grandchildren. Organizers encourage anyone attending the festival to bring a new, unwrapped toy as part of their toy drive to give children in Denton County a Christmas they otherwise might not have. “Just look for the large

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Nutcracker choreographies, and many others. She was a finalist at the Korea International Ballet Competition, 2010, and received a Special Award. Zoebisch took part in the Gala of World Stars in Seoul, South Korea. Now she performs around the country as a freelance guest dancer and also teaches. Since Festival Ballet of North Texas began performing The Nutcracker in 1987, the basic structure of the show — the story of a German girl named Clara who dreams of Nutcracker Prince and fights against the Rat King and his mice during Christmas Eve — has not changed, according to Hugh Nini, artistic director emeritus. In 1998, the Dallas Dance Council recognized Festival Ballet of North

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A table out front shows off the finished work by residents of the Denton State Supported Living Center who create ceramic Christmas trees at Impressions Handmade Ceramics on the Square Peterbilt truck with the huge flags designating our toy dropoff area near Wells Fargo and Abbey Inn,� Pazoureck said. Christine Gossett, an event coordinator with the Denton Main Street Association, said Wassail Fest, now in its 15th year, runs simultaneously with the lighting festival, even though the two are separate entities. Wassail Fest is a free event. The public will be able to vote on their favorite Wassail recipe during the evening. Gossett said the idea for the

Texas’ production of The Nutcracker, from among a field of 14 ballet companies in North Texas, and gave it 11 out of 16 “Bests,� including Best Nutcracker, Best Costumes, Best Sets, Best Battle Scene and Best Artistic Director. Eldar Valiev, who moved to Denton in 2011 to take assume the co-artistic director duties, graduated from the famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, and received additional training at the Kirov Ballet Company. He has more than twenty years of experience as a professional ballet dancer and 15 years of experience as a ballet master. Eldar Valiev has appeared as a principal dancer in numerous ballet companies, including The State Theater of Opera and Ballet of Bashkortostan in Ufa, Eifman Ballet Theater in St. Petersburg, and the Icelandic

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National Ballet. He has performed leading parts in the ballets Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Les Silphides, The Nutcracker, and many others. Eldar Valiev had the privilege to work with famous American choreographers such as Robert La Fosse, William Soleau and Lambros Lambrow. He danced in Iceland, as Frans in Coppelia, in which he partnered with world-renowned Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Eva Evdokimova. He has performed with the stars of Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets in England, Germany, France, Holland, Switzerland, and Iceland and shared the stage with Alexander Bogatyrev, Nadezhda Pavlova and Lyubov Kunakova. Eldar Valiev spent 13 years at the Cumberland County Playhouse in Tennessee. He rehearsed for five years as the ballet master, and for eight years he

Children will also be able to bring their lists to give to Santa and have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

ing, carriage rides, free treats from Oak Street businesses, a storyteller and much more. There will be a family event at the recreation center at 501 Roanoke Road beginning at 7 p.m. and all the fun continues downtown. Contact Aurora Grimsley at 817-837-9938 or for more information on how to get involved.

Roanoke: Christmas parade The Christmas parade in Roanoke will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. on Saturday. The event will include holiday concerts, carol-

Trophy Club: Christmas celebration Join residents at the Trophy Club Clock Tower for the annual Christmas Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.


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Enjoy a variety of free tasty treats including funnel cakes, homemade cookies, apple cider and hot dogs. Lakeview and Beck elementary students will sing holiday songs and the mayor will read “Twas The Night Before Christmas.� And, of course, Santa Claus will be here for the holiday festivities. The event will end at 8 p.m. Contact or 682-8314603 for more information. Valley View: Great Christmas sing Join Valley View residents for the annual “Great Christmas Sing.�

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spent three and half years. In 1996, Lilia Valieva made her debut in the U.S.A. with a leading role in Giselle as a guest ballerina with Greenville Ballet Company, South Carolina. Her principal roles include Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Pas de Quarter, Don Quixote, Les Silphides, Coppelia, Paquita and many others. She toured extensively throughout the Europe with stars of Bolshoi and Kirov ballets. In addition to teaching for Jennifer Austin at Arts in Motion in Kingston, Tenn., Lilia Valieva performed duties as the Assistant Dance Director and Ballet Mistress at the Cumberland County Playhouse from 1998 to 2011. Lilia Valieva, who moved to Denton in August 2011 to assume the position of Co-Director of Festival Ballet of North Central Texas, also serves as ballet mistress of Denton Ballet Academy.

The evening will feature a Christmas songfest performed by several members of our community and Monica David’s Children’s Choir from Pilot Point St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Bring the entire family for an evening of Christmas music and fellowship with the community at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Mountain Springs Community Center. It is completely free and donations are greatly appreciated to support renovations at the center. To volunteer to bring goodies, contact Amy McCormick at 940-637-3104 or Beverly Mordecai at 940-736-0063.



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Square, including the Denton Citizen’s Police Academy booth on the Hickory and Elm Street side of the courthouse lawn, at tables located on the four outside corners of the Square and at the Campus Theatre. Ballots should be turned in by 8 p.m. at the ballot collection box located in front of the Campus Theatre to be eligible for door prizes from participating merchants. Amano’s husband, Jeff, said the event really drew customers to their business, which

performed the duties as Director of Dance Program. Eldar Valiev, who moved to Denton in August 2011, also serves as director of Denton Ballet Academy. Lilia Valieva, who shares duties as co-artistic director, has more than 20 years of experience as a professional ballerina and fifteen years of experience as a ballet mistress. She graduated from the world-renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy, also known as Kirov Ballet School in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1979, she joined The State Theater of Opera and Ballet of Bashkortostan in Ufa, quickly becoming a principal dancer. In 1991, Eifman Ballet Theater invited her to join their company in St. Petersburg. Two years later, Lilia Valieva accepted an invitation from Reykjavik, Iceland to dance as a principal dancer with National Icelandic Ballet where she


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fest derived from the Main Street board to help draw traffic to the locally owned merchants on the Square. Claire Amano, owner of Serendipity and chairwoman for this year’s Wassail Fest, said her store had only been open for five months last year when it participated for the first time. She said her shop served up 700 cups of hot cider and ran out before the evening was over. Organizers said ballots for taste-testing will be available at various locations around the LD

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Nativity collection celebrates holiday beauty for couple By Pam Rainey

skirts. The collection outgrew their home and quickly became items to be dusted as well as adored. Klein’s husband Monroe is retired, but won’t let a speck of dust rest under his feet. In 1999, Monroe Klein presented an idea to his wife that delighted her. He proposed that he put his University of North Texas industrial technology degree to work by building a room onto their farm to house her collection. That way, he said, she would be able to share the collection with the public year round. She was thrilled to watch him design a building — an 18-by-30-foot gallery — that they named Bethlehem of Denton County. There, all the nativities could be properly displayed and stored year-round. Monroe didn’t just build a building. He made something special. He added doors of leaded glass and hung with stained glass. He put sun catchers in each panel of the garden door. The building is heated and cooled for enjoyment in all seasons and for the protection of the collection. Soon the nativities that had been packed away came out for display. “I inherited my mother’s collection of over 300 nativities,” Judy Klein said. “So one corner of the room is ‘Mimi’s Corner,’ because it is one of my favorite areas of the gallery.” A large tree stands before the window, by the main door, and 800 nativity ornaments are displayed. Two smaller trees are themed by color. One tree is decorated only with gold and brass ornaments and covered with fine golden angel hair shimmering in the lights. It is topped with a golden crown for the King of Kings. “The golden color represents the majesty of the Lord.” Klein said.

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At Christmas time, we often see the talents of artisans displayed. Sometimes it is in beautifully crafted stockings that go to the hospitals, all made by the loving hands of grandmothers to welcome new babies during the holidays. Or crocheted caps and gloves to warm children who need clothing. I recently received a beautiful Santa Claus designed and handmade by Joyce Fuller, who lives north of Denton. Beautifully handcrafted ornaments from all over the world adorn Mr. Claus’ attire and the stocking thrown over his shoulder. I cherish him, and he holds a place of pride in my living room year round. Judy Klein of Denton County began collecting creches and manger scenes more than 35 years ago. She displayed many of them in every room of her and her husband’s farm home, also just north of Denton. Many were packed away as her collection grew. “When friends and family learned of my collection, I received manger scenes for every occasion,” Klein said. She made an inventory of every nativity so she could keep up with them before deciding which to display and which to pack away. They were made all over the world — Russia, Alaska, Hawaii, Austria, El Salvador, Colombia, Switzerland, Germany and elsewhere. They come in different forms: lighted, musical, turning, talking, huggable, serious, whimsical and in the form of a puzzle. Some sit there and do nothing. Some have kings and shepherds, and some have angels. There are bears and mice. There are snowmen. Some are multipurpose, made as candles, mugs, plates, spoons, stockings and tree

Judy Klein looks over the visitors’ register at Bethlehem in Denton County. The other tree is 4 feet tall, decorated with crystal and spun-glass ornaments and wisps of silvery angel hair. “The white look of the clear lights represents the purity of our Lord,” she said. Denton County is rich in tradition, rich in history and rich in the arts of many forms. The Denton Record-Chronicle will have listings of opportunities for you and your family to consider if you plan to be in town for the holidays. Should you want to visit Bethlehem in Denton

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Editor’s note: We will be publishing art in the pages of the Denton Record-Chronicle throughout December after receiving more entries from youngsters of all ages. We will also publish Santa letters sent to our attention at P.O. Box 369, 314 E. Hickory, Denton, TX 76202

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Holiday events are plentiful in North Texas Train exhibit brings holiday cheer, aid to local non-profit agency An “Everything Trains Christmas” exhibit presented by the Wood House of Denton is back for the third year to benefit Denton County Friends of the Family. Steve Davis, owner of the Wood House, built the train exhibit in a special display area of his unfinished furniture store, located at 516 N. Locust St. Visitors of all ages are invited to visit the business to see the elaborate train exhibit and donate canned food items for Denton County Friends of the Family. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and the display will be available for viewing through Dec. 31. The business is closed on Christmas Day. The display features five trains rolling across tracks that travel past replicas of national landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, and there are 200 holiday-trimmed buildings aglow with neon signs and electrical lights. A 30-second video, “Everything Trains Christmas at the Wood House,” is available on YouTube. For more information, call 940-387-4098. Denton County Friends of the Family is an organization dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse. For more information, visit

Holiday programs on tap at local museums The Denton County Office of History and Culture has announced holiday programs including a Santa collection on display at Denton’s Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum and seasonal music at both the Bayless-Selby House Museum and African American Museum. Kay Copeland’s Santa Collection, installed by Darien Orr, will be on display during the holiday season, according to a press release from the county. The collection had its start over 50 years ago and has grown through the years with purchases from Christmas stores, antique shops,

church and school bazaars and other sources. Also currently on view at the museum is an exhibit titled “Big Wheels Turnin’: The Evolution of Transportation in Denton County.” Holiday music will be offered at the African American Museum and the Bayless-Selby House Museum during the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. The American Legion Senior Center Choir will be featured from 6 to 7:50 p.m. at the African American Museum. Scheduled performances at the Bayless-Selby House are: 5:30 to 5:50 p.m., First Denton Praise & Worship Team; 6 to 6:20 p.m., Larry’s Angels; 6:30 to 6:50 p.m., Sing Texas!; 7 to 7:20 p.m., Bonduris Music Student Bands; and 7:30 to 7:50 p.m., Sing Texas! Students from the Sing Texas! troupe will perform popular holiday songs in several rooms of the Bayless-Selby House Museum as guests tour the facility. The group is made up of 24 singers who live in Denton County. The Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum is located at 110 W. Hickory St., and the BaylessSelby House and African American museums are located in the Historical Park of Denton County at 317 W. Mulberry St.

Sunset hike and ‘Wild Christmas’ program planned at state park PILOT POINT - A sunset hike and a holidaythemed program will highlight activities at the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park this weekend. The hike will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Pavilion 1 and will cover half a mile along a concrete trail. Participants are advised to wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a flashlight. Staff members will host a program titled “Dreaming of a Wild Christmas” from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the park amphitheater. Participants will learn about old-fashioned campfire cooking techniques and sample a dessert prepared in a Dutch oven. There also will be hot chocolate and a traditional Christmas craft. Park admission is $7 for those 13 and older. For more information about Johnson Branch events, call 940-637-2294.

How to help Christmas Is for Caring fundraiser, benefiting residents of the Denton State Supported Living Center, starts Monday and runs through Friday. The center’s Volunteer Services Council and KRLD-AM raise money for Christmas gifts for residents and other needs. Call the KRLD hotline at 214-219-1080; mail a check to the Denton State Supported Living Center, Attn: Christmas Is for Caring, P.O. Box 368, Denton, TX 76201-0368; visit; or make a $10 donation by texting “CIFC” to 20222. Denton County MHMR Center’s Holiday Helping Hands Tree, with wish lists of clients in need, at the Denton location, 2519 Scripture St. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Wrapped gifts, gift cards or monetary donations are needed by Dec. 9. Donations can be made by check to Denton County MHMR Center, P.O. Box 2346, Denton, TX 76202, Attn: Deana Wesley. For more information or to obtain a wish list via e-mail, contact Wesley at 940-565-5282 or Shiloh Field, the community garden at Denton Bible Church, is in need of volunteers to help plant, tend and harvest crops to feed families in need. Also, free garden plots are now available. Shiloh Field is on Nottingham Drive, between Mingo Road and Audra Lane. For more information, contact coordinator Gene Gumfory at 940-367-0221 or Visit Spirit of Christmas Food Drive at Brookshire Grocery Co. stores, including Brookshire’s of

Grande Communications in Lewisville serves as drop-off LEWISVILLE - Grande Communications’ retail store in Lewisville will be accepting donations for the Fox 4 Toys for Tots drive through Dec. 11, according to a press release. The broadband communications company is partnering with the Allen Event Center to collect toys leading up to the drive, which will be held Dec. 12. Donations brought to the Lewisville store will be delivered to the Allen Event Center. The retail store is located at 500 Tittle Road, Suite 400 in Lewisville. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. For more information about the Toys For Tots Donation Drive, visit

Church youth offer holiday giftwrapping service Young people from First United Methodist Church of Denton will offer a holiday gift-wrapping service at Golden Triangle Mall this year. Dates and times will be: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday noon to 6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 The service will be available in the JC Penney’s wing of the mall (next to guest services). Prices will range from $3 to $8, and proceeds will fund a choir trip, summer camp and mission trips.

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School seeks donations for holiday program LEWISVILLE — Lewisville High School is seeking donations for its LHS Angel Tree, which provides gifts to Lewisville children in need. Gifts are due at the school by Dec. 12. Presents need to be wrapped and marked with their angel number. For more information, e-mail

Keep Aubrey Beautiful to present tree lighting Dec. 5 AUBREY— Members of Keep Aubrey Beautiful will present the annual Hometown Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the festival grounds located at 301 S. Main St. Santa will arrive on a fire truck to visit with the children. Free photos with Santa will be provided by Jackie’s Hardware. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate for Toys for Tots. Toy collection will be available in the tin barn with Santa. Members of Aubrey Girl Scout Troop 8667 and the Aubrey 380 Area Chamber of Commerce will present free hot cocoa. HOPE food bank will provide a concession stand and accept food donations.

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Company starts local holiday season with annual ballet, now in 15th year EDITOR’S NOTE: Even though the chance to see the annual “A Gift for Emma� has already passed, we’d be remiss not to include a story in the annual Christmas in Denton County edition.

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Lisa Racina admits that Denton City Contemporary Ballet is starting the holidays off a little early. The company’s annual holiday fantasia in dance, A Gift for Emma, officially kicked off the season in November. “It’s the only time we can get the space,� Racina said in an interview before the performances. The space is the performing arts center at Krum High School, an auditorium that’s inspired a growing fondness among Denton performing arts companies. Even though the company tells its story before Thanksgiving, Racina said her dancers are ready. With this year being the 15th performance of the annual dance, Racina’s students at Denton Dance Conservatory have grown up with the show. Performances were held during the weekend of Nov. 22-24. “This year, all of my soloists knew the choreography,� Racina said. “Every single soloist knew it. First of all, a lot of them have been watching the video since they were little. And the company could finally afford some assistants to teach the choreography to the new dancers.� Emma is a simple story, really. A young street urchin, Emma, sneaks into a dance studio near Christmastime to get warm. The lessons end, the dance teachers leave and lock up. Emma — like Clara before her in The Nutcracker — curls up under the Christmas tree and falls asleep in the studio. She goes on a journey in her dream and receives a gift. During her dream, she meets “swinging elves,� toys that come to life and Poseidon and the Arctic Wind. She meets creatures on land (dancing flowers and spiders) and under the sea (jellyfish and seahorses). Racina casts children from her studio and other studios in town, but the principal and solo roles are performed by

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Professional hip-hop dancer Chris Koehl dances the role as the Robot Doll in Denton City Contemporary Ballet’s ‘A Gift for Emma.’ The Denton original, created and choreographed by srtistic director Lisa Racina, borrows a touch from ‘The Nutcracker’ but employs tap, jazz modern and ballet.


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Easy to adjust the Texas Two Step nutcracker makes quick work of your pecans. Fully adjustable to all sizes.


LifeTime Warranty, Double Alloy Construction. Weasel Nut Gatherer is an easy to use rolling g ppick up p tool for nuts and Two sizes more, to choose from from Fruit to golf balls Easy to $ 95 roll. No bending over.


Pole Pruners Ideal for quickly and easily cutting those out-of-reach branches.

starting at $ 00

Regular $5995 Sale Price $2995

Lawn Vac Yard clean-up has never been quicker or easier.

Feeders See inside for details Sale Price as low as $ 95





7 Ton Heavy Duty Electric Log Splitter Makes splitting a log a simple task. The 15 amp 3HP electric motor provides enough power to split logs up to 20 inches.


WORX Leaf Mulcher

Sale Price

Mulch 53 gallons of leaves each minute!



$9995 $11995 Regular $








$179 • Heavy duty steel frame • Front shock • Removable/adjustable training wheels • Rear coaster brake and front hand brake.

Sale Price

7 Ton 2 Speed Model 65575











Monster Tread Pick-Up Hauler

5 Inch Monster Treads 2 Pack

Tough Tractor 1/16 Scale

Micro Remote Control

Horse Trailer with two horses, or 5th wheel trailer and XUV Gator

Each set includes two Monster Treads vehicles also includes an exclusive ‘muddy’ vehicle!

11 Inchs long. Die cast hood, 4 wheel drive steerable front axle. An Incredable Value

Fun Size, fast performance! This Q-steer Full function remote control! Gator or Tractor


Christmas in Denton County 2013  
Christmas in Denton County 2013  

Christmas in Denton County 2013