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George Frideric Hand e l ’s i c o n i c c l a s s i c a l music masterpiece “Messiah” has been performed for hundreds of years. And while it’s one of the season’s favorites, Magnum Opus Ballet founder and artistic director Abigail Henninger said the 10-member group is ready to put on a performance that puts a new twist, or two, on the legendary piece. The Madison-based company is preparing for a Victorian Holiday performance of “Full Light,” based on Handel’s work, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Stoughton Village Players Theater, 225 E. Main St. Tickets are $10 for children 18 and under, $15 for adults and $12 for adults 65 and over, available at magnumopusballet.org The dancers emphasize working with the crowd, Henninger told the Hub last week, and look forward to performing at the theater for the third time. “It’s very intimate and you can really interact with the audience and have that connection,” she said. “People see those stiff tiaras on your head, and (think) you’re not approachable, but that’s something we’re really trying to break the stigma of. We have a lot of different props we use and keep it interesting.” The group is also

If You Go What: Magnum Opus Ballet performance of ‘Full Light’ When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 Where: Stoughton Village Players Theater, 225 E. Main St. Info: 205-8480 Tickets: Visit magnumopusballet.org performing “Full Light” for the third time, Henninger said, and has added about a half-dozen new pieces from Messiah to perform, upping the current total to 24. Perhaps the best part of the show, Hanninger said, is at the end when the dancers mingle with the crowd and “sign dance shoes for little girls who want to be ballerinas.” “It’s really fun to inspire the younger audience,” she said. And performing during the holiday season is another special layer of excitement for the group, Henninger said. “It can be a joyous time for people, but also, people have lost loved ones or sometimes you can’t have family around,” she said. “So it’s great just to bring that uplifting feeling, even if just for an hour and a half, and plant that seed of love and hope this time of year.”

If You Go What: Victorian Holiday When: Thursday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 8 Where: City wide Info: stoughtonwi.com

Santa sets up shop at Chorus Public House Santa will set up shop for Victorian Holiday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main St. The Stoughton Kiwanis Club and Stoughton High School Key Club members are inviting families with children to join in for an afternoon of fun at Santa’s Workshop, which is free for kids with adults present. The event includes a visit and picture with Santa, live music, cookie decorating, face painting and several craft making tables. For more information, visit the Kiwanis Club Facebook page, or contact Sharon Mason Boersma, event committee chair at 279-7613. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet.com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

Thursday, Dec. 5

• 4-6 p.m., Friends of the library- member only book sale, library, 873-6281 • 4:30 p.m., 28th annual Lighting of the Love Light Tree, Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St., 873-6611 • 5:30 p.m. Holiday Light Display, Stoughton Rotary Park, 324 S. Sixth St., Search Rotary Club of Stoughton on Facebook. • 6-9 p.m., Friends of the Library public book sale, library, 873-6281

Friday, Dec. 6

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friends of the Library book sale, library, 873-6281 • 5:30 p.m. Holiday Light Display, Stoughton Rotary Park, 324 S 6th St., Search Rotary Club of Stoughton on Facebook. • 6:30-10 p.m. Victorian Holiday opening gala, Stoughton Cress Funeral Home, 206 W. Prospect St., 873-9244 • 7:30-10 p.m., Joan Shelley ($20), Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., 877-4400 • 7:30 p.m., “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” performance by the Stoughton Center for the Arts, Stoughton High School, 873-0717

Saturday, Dec. 7

• 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cookie walk, United Methodist

Church, 525 Lincoln Ave., 873-3273 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friends of the Library book sale, library, 873-6281 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., SCAA Resale arts, crats and bake sale, River Bluff Middle School, 235 N. Forrest St., 205-6636 • 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Livsreise holiday trees and Christmas display, Livsreise Norwegian Heritage Center, 277 W. Main St., 873-7567 • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Stoughton High School Madrigal Singers, performances in downtown Stoughton, stoughton.k12. wi.us • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Santa’s Workshop by Kiwanis, Public House, 154 W. Main St., Search Kiwanis Club on Facebook • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Yahara Chocolate samplings, Yahara Chocolate, 261 W. Main St., 358-4839 • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Elf and Santa clay workshop, Green Road Pottery, 261 W. Main St., 358-4839 • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Winter Artisan Market, Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main St., 575-5199 • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., All Through the House spirits sampling, All Through The House, 160 E. Main St., 877-9403

• 1:30 p.m., “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” performance by the Stoughton Center for the Arts, Stoughton High School, 873-0717 • 5:30 p.m., Fire Truck Parade, starts at Pick and Save and ends at Stoughton Fire Department, 873-7218 • 5:30 p.m. Holiday Light Display, Stoughton Rotary Park, 324 S 6th St., Search Rotary Club of Stoughton on Facebook. • 7:30 p.m., Magnum Opus Ballet performance ($15 general admission, $12 seniors, $10 for ages 18 and younger), Stoughton Village Players Theater, 22 E. Main St., • 7:30-10 p.m., Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas ($20), Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., 877-4400

Sunday, Dec. 8

• 3-7 p.m., Tour of Homes ($25 in advance, $30 at the door), 315 N. Division St., 704 Hamilton St., 701 Hamilton St. and 617 Hamilton St., 873-3244 • 4-6:30 p.m. Stoughton Festival Choir and Stoughton City Band, Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., 877-4400 • 5:30 p.m. Holiday Light Display, Stoughton Rotary Park, 324 S 6th St., Search Rotary Club of Stoughton on Facebook.

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Back for the 27th year, the annual Victorian Holiday celebration is being run by a new entity from now on; itself. The Stoughton Chamber of Commerce is removing liability and no longer calling the event theirs. This means that the event will happen organically with support from the chamber, which will continue to collect information from participating businesses and publicize the events through social media and newsletters. “We were uncomfortable calling it a chamber event when we were not running any of the activities,” Trotter wrote to the Hub in an email. “Calling it our event made us liable for things not in our control.” The only real change Trotter said, is the Chamber will not be taking out an advertisement in the Great Dane Shopper. Other than that, the Chamber will play the same role they have for the past seven years, Trotter said. And the annual tradition will continue. Nearly every event on the 2019 Victorian Holiday calendar has a communal or fundraising aspect. Some events give donations to a specific charity or nonprofit organization, while others recruit volunteers to give families a free evening of holiday cheer. Contact Mackenzie Krumme at mackenzie. krumme@wcinet.com.

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Cherish the Ladies will perform at the Stoughton Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Cherish the Ladies perform Girl-2-Girl sells handcrafted at opera house Dec. 7 Irish and Celtic music goods at Winter Market If You Go is their specialty

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Students from Girl-2-Girl will be selling hand crafted goods at the Chorus Public House on Saturday, Dec. 7.

What: Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas When: 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 Where: Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main Street Price: $40 Info: 877-4400

dancing from five-time world champion dancer David Geaney and champion multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer Séamus O’Flatharta. They’ve won recognition as the BBC’s Best Musical Group of the Year and named Top North American Celtic Group by both America’s National Public Radio and the Irish Music Awards. Tickets are $40. For information and tickets, call the Opera House at 877-4400. In this week’s Hub, correspondent Bill Livick writes about the history of Cherish the Ladies.

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Matt Rose watches Claire Rose, 2, lick red sprinkles and frosting off the top of her cookie in 2018.

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At the Chorus Public House Winter Market this year. visitors can see a new set of entrepreneurial. Participants of Stoughton’s Girl-2-Girl after school program will have a booth selling hand crafted goods to raise money for their program starting 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main St. Every Monday, members of G2G gather at the United Methodist Church across the street from Stoughton High School and talk through real life conflicts. There, they discuss relationships, problems at school and have crafting and cooking activities. The weekly meetings are meant to “build strength, confidence, honesty and service by creating a close knit community where girls can discover and celebrate their true selves,” according to the Eyes of Hope website, which organizes the program. At the Winter Market, students plan to sell soap, journals, paper-crafted gift card holders, dolls, and dish towels, all created during their sessions.

What: Girl-2-Girl vendor booth When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 Where : Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main St. Info: eyesofhopestoughton.com “Crafting together is a time to talk, listen to music, and hear what is on everyone’s minds. The conversations range from deep to silly with ease and joy,” Laura Roeven organizer of G2G wrote to the Hub in an email. All items sold will support the organization as well contribute to an annual fund given to an international nonprofit organization chosen by participants of G2Gs. Roeven said she hopes being at the Winter Market helps the girls can connect with the Stoughton community and encourage others to start youth programs, because many ages can benefit from mentoring groups. “Everyone needs a place to explore ideas, be listened to and appreciated,” she said.

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There’s something for everyone The Victorian Holiday Bake Sale and Craft Fair is back for another year at River Bluff Middle School. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, inside the school gym and cafeteria on 235 N. Forrest St. Kari Aagerup, founder of Second Chance Animal Advocates, said the organization is sponsoring the fair and sale this year. The bake sale will feature Norwegian sweets — Aagerup said to think cookie platters, breads and jams. The craft fair will feature around 30 vendors selling holiday goods like ornaments and wreaths. In addition, the public can purchase handmade items like knits, paintings and carvings. Aagerup said the fire chief will sell his organic honey this year, with his wife making lip balm and shea butter. The public can also feast their ears on live music from the Stoughton High

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On Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7:3010 p.m., the Stoughton Opera House will host Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas. Since forming in 1985, the group has recorded 17 albums, performed thousands of concerts, including at the White House and the Olympics and has been nominated for Grammy Awards. Director and front woman Joanie Madden – an Ireland flute and whistle champion – has curated an evening that includes a blend of instrumentals, vocals and step dancing. Their show includes Irish songs, jigs, reels and slow airs. Centuries-old Irish music has been updated with new arrangements and renditions. Performers include Joanie Madden (flute, whistles, harmony vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar), Mirella Murray (accordion), Kathleen Boyle (piano, harmony vocals) and Nollaig Casey (fiddle). There are also special guests including County Clare songstress Kate Purcell, vocalist Don Stiffe and world class


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Two Victorian Holiday events raise $20,000 for cancer society MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

In just four years, two bookend events of the annual Victorian Holiday festival have raised more than $20,000 for American Cancer Society. Thirty volunteers from the greater Stoughton area work for two months to organize The Victorian Holiday Open Gala and Holiday Tour of Homes. Both events are hosted by the Stoughton, Oregon and McFarland American Cancer Society Relay for Life group, raising money through individual donations and ticket sales.

Open Gala

The Gala, set for 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at Stoughton Cress Funeral Home, combines Victorian area sophistication with vintage music of Second Swing Around. The band will play 1940s pieces as well as holiday tunes like “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” and “String of Pearls.” There are opportunities for attendees to win several types of prizes. Roughly 25 themed baskets donated by local businesses will be available during a silent auction. Last year, they included a movie basket, gardening baskets, “handyman” baskets and quilting baskets. There will also be a paddle auction where attendees buy paddles for roughly $20 apiece and bid on larger prizes. Prizes include an overnight stay at an Airbnb in between Cooksville and Stoughton and a booze wagon, which is a Radio Flyer wagon filled with different types of spirits and specialty cocktail ingredients. There will also be a tree of moneywhere small envelopes are scattered on a tree with unknown amounts of cash. Volunteers make and donate food for the opening gala and in the past have served hot ham sandwiches, meatballs, cheese and veggie trays.

Tours of Homes

The Tour of Homes, an annual tradition that shows off Stoughton’s historical houses, is set this year for 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Tickets are $25 and available at McGlynn Pharmacy, 100 E. Main St., or the day of the tour at any of the homes for $30. Participants can walk through each home and learn about its historical significance, with homeowners serving as tour guides. The four homes are the Luke Stoughton Home at 315 N. Division St. and three on Hamilton Street: 704 (Chris and Kris Haskin), 701 (Trevor and Laura Lund) and 617 (Barb and Bob Schenk). Each year at the Luke Stoughton Home, in its fourth year of participating, volunteers dress up in clothing of various eras and explain the history of the home and the city. This year, as participants walk through the homes built around 1848, they will learn about how Stoughton recovered from World War II in the 1950s era. For information on more Victorian Holiday events, visit stoughtonwi.com. Contact Mackenzie Krumme at mackenzie. krumme@wcinet.com.

617 Hamilton St. Bob and Barb Schenk 617 Hamilton St. is a stunning turn of the century Victorian home, has been loving cared for over the past few decades in a way that showcases its outstanding details. Standing on Hamilton street, which once was a state highway and also Stoughton’s

main thoroughfare, it was featured in the summer of 2019 on the Olbrich Gaden Tour. The current home owners, Bob and Barb Schenk have not only lovingly tended to its upkeep inside and out, but they also renovated the home next door, 624 Hamilton

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What: Opening gala When: 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 Where: Stoughton Cress Funeral Home, 206 W. Prospect St. Info: stoughtonwi.com

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St., several years before the current ow n e r s ( t h e L u n d s ) p u r c h a s e d i t . With excitement, this home is shared with you as part of the 2019 Victorian Holiday Tour of Homes – we hope you enjoy its beauty.

What: Tour of homes When: 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 Where: 315 N. Division St., 704 Hamilton St., 701 Hamilton St. and 617 Hamilton St. Price: $25 in advance and $30 at the door Info: stoughtonwi.com

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We are excited and honored to be asked to join the 2019 Victorian Holiday Home Tour to benefit the American Cancer Society. Our Queen Anne was built in 1900 and was renovated two times prior to 2015. We have been the proud owners since September 2016. Since owning the home, we have updated several windows, added a fence,

replaced the front walkway with a more traditional brick design, and added a Victorian-inspired stain glass window that we designed with the help of local glass artists. While we enjoy decorating for Halloween, this is the first time we have decorated for Christmas. We can’t wait to share our home and hope you love it as much as we do!

The Luke Stoughton Pioneer House will be taking part in the home tour for the fourth year in a row. This is one of the Stoughton Historical Society’s three Museums and is only open for special events like this. We are happy to be a part of this worthy fundraiser and share another part of our past. This year, the time machine has taken the home back

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to the 1950’s where the U. S. finally has time to recover from WWII and the Korean War. Big changes are in store for our growing country. Not only did we add two more States, Hawaii and Alaska, but we saw a manufacturing and birth boom like never before. Come visit us and partake in this thrilling time of our countries past.

704 Hamilton St. Chris and Kris Haskin We are truly honored to be part of the American Cancer Society tour of homes during Stoughton’s Victorian Holiday weekend. We, like many, have been touched by cancer and appreciate the fundraising efforts, work, research, and medical advances in cancer treatment toward cures. Our home is part of the Northwest Historic District of Stoughton and is a contributing property on the State registry of historic homes. The home was constructed in 1887 and was the first within the Lansing E. Hildreth addition, originally platted by the City in December, 1886. The Hildreth addition is bounded by Jackson Street on the north, Monroe Street on the east, Hamilton Street (formerly a US highway) on the south, and Van Buren Street (formerly Vandusen Street) on the west. We have lived in the home since 1988 and have enjoyed (or endured?) years of painstaking work to remodel, restore, or improve the home and lot over the years. The home is not necessarily representative of the original Italianate style, as many of the features were removed prior to our ownership. We have tried to revitalize the home and property in the spirit consistent with the original style and purpose of the district. Our home was also featured in the 2019 Olbrich Gardens tour of Stoughton. We’ve enjoyed living in Stoughton and raising a family in the presence of some of the best and most friendly people in Wisconsin! Please enjoy your tour.

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Festival Choir, City Band join for show An annual tradition at the Stoughton Opera House

‘Believe’ (from the movie “The Polar Express”). New selections this year include ‘Sweeter Still’ and an arrangement of ‘Sleigh Ride’ with a jazz band accompaniment. There will also be a carol sing-along with the audience. The Stoughton Festival Choir is a community organization that typically presents two concerts a year – in spring and at Christmas. The Stoughton City Band is a group of music-lovers of all ages who love to get together and perform music for the community, including at the annual Syttende Mai festival. The group practices weekly in the basement of the senior center and is directed by Beth Gardner. In lieu of tickets, free will donations will be accepted. For information, call the Opera House at 877-4400.

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The Stoughton Festival Choir will join the Stoughton City Band to perform a variety of holiday music and carols 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St. for the “Sounds of the Season” winter concert. Under the direction of Christ Lutheran Church music director Linda Kunz, the festival choir has been rehearsing a wide selection of Christmastime favorites since October including ‘We Need a Little Christmas,’ ‘Still, Still, Still,’ ‘King of Kings,’ ‘Salvation Is Created,’ ‘Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John,’ and

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Two holiday samplings Sample chocolate and liqueur Dec. 7 NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

On Saturday, Dec. 7, Stoughton residents have two opportunities for free local food tastings. Yahara’s best chocolate of 2019 From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Yahara Chocolate, 261 W. Main Street, will be providing a yearend taster of

its bestselling chocolates of 2019 including free samples of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and nut and fruit chocolates. For more information, visit yaharachocolate.com. Natural Spirits liqueurs From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at All Through The House, 160 E. Main Street, Dave Schlapper of Natural Spirits, LLC will be sampling his liqueurs. Schlapper creates aperitif liqueurs, producing and bottling them locally. For more information, visit naturalspiritsllc.com.

If You Go What: Festival Choir and City Band combined Christmas show When: 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 Where: Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St. Price: Freewill donation Info: 877-4400

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The Stoughton City Band performs at Stoughton Opera House on Dec. 11, 2016.

If You Go What: Two free local tastings When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 / 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 Where: Yahara Chocolate, 261 W. Main St. / All Through The House, 160 E. Main St. Info: yaharachocolate.com / naturalspiritsllc.com

‘Night before Christmas’ set for Dec. 6-7 Performance based on classic poem SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

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If You Go What: Clay elves and santas craft When: 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 Where: Green Road Pottery, 261 W. Main St. Price: $5 Info:greenroadpottery. com You can make alternate arrangements to glaze your elf or Santa with Green Road, if needed. There will be many glaze colors to choose from. The finished work is durable and the color is permanent. The project costs $5. For more information, visit greenroadpottery. com.

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Students of all ages will perform in the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ musical on Dec. 6 and 7. students and seniors, and a r e ava i l a b l e o n l i n e a t stoughtonholidayshow. com. For more information, visit stoughtonholidayshow. com or call 873-0717. Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet. com.

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From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, reserve a spot or drop in at Green Road Pottery, 261 W. Main Street to make an elf or santa out of clay. The project can be completed by anyone, although youngsters may need help. Crafting the elf or santa can be done in 15-30 minutes. Another 15-30 minutes is needed to glaze your creation, which will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. You can drop in anytime during those hours for glazing.

The Stoughton Center for the Arts is set to present “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a story based on the Clement C. Moore poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” The show will run twice during the weekend – once at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and then at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Both shows will be held at the Stoughton High School auditorium, 600 Lincoln Ave. The entrance to the auditorium is located off the back parking lot, which can be accessed from Devonshire Road. Ti c k e t s a r e $ 1 4 f o r adults and are $8 for

If You Go What: Stoughton Center for the Arts’s production of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” When:7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 Where: Stoughton High School auditorium, 600 Lincoln Ave. Info: 873-0717

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Nick Johnson selects a handful of books from the Friends of the Stoughton Public Library book sale last year.

Book sale set for Dec. 5-7 The holidays are a time of giving. But when it comes to the Friends of the Library’s annual winter book sale, there’s always a lot of getting, too. The Stoughton Public Library is set to host the sale over three days this weekend, starting with the traditional Friends of the Library members-only sale from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, followed by the public sale from 6-9 p.m. The public is welcome to sales from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and 9 a.m. to

noon on Saturday, Dec. 7, with a bag sale (for donations) from noon to 3 p.m. This is the last year the FOL will have their annual sale during the Victorian Holiday celebration. Instead they have created a more permanent “book nook” available year round for patrons to purchase used books. For information, call the library at 873-6281. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.

If You Go What: Friends of the Stoughton Public Library winter book sale When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 Where: Stoughton Public Library, 304 Fourth St. Info: 873-6281

The days may be getting shorter, but three Victorian Holiday events return to light up Stoughton in holiday colors, with the 28th annual Lighting of the Love Ceremony, Holiday Light Display and Fire Truck Parade.

Lighting of the Love

On Thursday, Dec. 5 at 4:30 p.m. the Partners of Stoughton Hospital will host their annual Love Light Celebration in the Stoughton Hospital Bryant Health Education Center, 900 Ridge St. This year’s theme is “Special Gifts” and the lighting of the Love Light trees symbolizes the gifts of recognition, remembrance and military service, according to a hospital news release. “Love Light is a wonderful way for us to let the light shine for those we cherish and to also support Stoughton Hospital,” Love Light committee chair Diane Matson said in a news release. For more information or a contribution form, visit stoughtonhospital.com and click on the Partners of Stoughton Hospital.

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Thousands of lights will brighten Rotary Park again this year. Every evening at 5:30 p.m. from Thursday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 8, attendees can tune in to 88.5 FM and watch as the lights flicker with the holiday music.

vehicles will gleam for Victorian Holiday 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The parade starts at Pick and Save,1750 H w y. 5 1 - 1 3 8 a n d e n d s at the Stoughton Fire Department, 401 E Main St. There will be hot cider, face painting and a visit from Santa Claus. The Stoughton City Band also plans to be presFire Truck Parade Stoughton’s fleet of fire ent to fill the fire station t r u c k s a n d e m e rg e n cy with holiday tunes.

Holiday Light Display At Stoughton Rotary Park, holiday lights will shine and dance to holiday tunes. Every evening at 5:30 p.m. from Thursday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 8, attendees can tune in to 88.5 FM and watch as the lights flicker with the holiday music. Guests are welcome to enjoy the show in their car or by strolling through the park.

L a s t y e a r ’s d i s p l a y included 62 holiday trees ranging from 4 feet to 25 feet, with more than 120,000 LED lights. Set up and organization is done through the Stoughton Rotary Club and the Stoughton Fire Department. The light show will continue into the New Year. Contact Mackenzie Krumme at mackenzie. krumme@wcinet.com.

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