Start this year's holiday celebration by adding limited edition Whistle Stop ClayWorks Ornament to your collection of holiday decorations.
“We are proud to offer our first commemorative ornament in a train ornament series. ClayWorks will introduce an ornament each December during the Christmas in Loveland celebration creating a series that celebrates Loveland’s railway history which will be fun to collect and the whole family will enjoy," says Kay Bolin O’Grady, co-owner.
2013 features the train engine in celebration of ClayWorks 4th anniversary and Loveland’s railway history. "We will be adding various train cars and of course the caboose during the next several years," said Bolin O’Grady.
ClayWorks started the glaze your own complimentary handmade ornament in 2010 during their first year of operation. The first year 150 ornaments were distributed to patrons who glazed their ornament and watched the fire and flames of the outdoor Raku firing. That number will increase to 650 complimentary ornaments for 2013.
Come early. In 2012 they were out of ornaments by 6:45 PM. ClayWorks will open their doors at 3:30 PM, to allow people to come there first to paint your ornament, before the Christmas in Loveland celebration begins.
Participate by glazing a commemorative ornament specifically made for this outdoor Raku firing, watch the action while warming up by the bonfire or relax inside the studio. "You can take your complimentary ornament home with you that night or come back the next week to pick it up” said Bolin O’Grady.
There are six firings scheduled, first loading of kiln at 4:45 PM, and the last one at scheduled for 7:15 PM. "We recommend you come between 3:30 and 5:30 to glaze your ornament and insure its spot in the kiln,” said Bolin O’Grady.
Tim O’Grady, co-owner of ClayWorks, explains “Raku is a unique rapid and spontaneous method of glazing and firing clay which was created in Japan in the 16th century. The ceramic work is quickly heated to 1,820°F in about 45 minutes, removed glowing-red with tongs and placed in a barrel of combustibles such as paper or sawdust. The pieces are then quenched in water and cleaned to expose the beautiful results of the process. Who can resist seeing this first hand?”
This is one stop not to miss during the Christmas in Loveland celebration on December 15th from 4 until – 9 PM.
There will also be plenty of one of kind handmade gifts, by local clay artists, in the gallery to pursue. Gift certificates are available for the budding artist on your list. "We invite you all to come and dive into your imagination to start off the New Year right," said Bolin O’Grady.
Open House Reception: Friday, December 13th, 5 – 8 PM
Christmas in Loveland: Saturday, December 14th, 4 – 9 PM
Milford, Oh. - Get ready for the holiday season by enjoying Grailville's International Creche Exhibit at the Promont House in Milford. Presented by the Greater Milford Area Historical Society (GMAHS), the Promont House, located at 906 Main St. in Milford, will host a Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 15, 1:30-4:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public.
Grailville will be showcasing a portion of it's over 90 internationally and regionally recognized unique crèche scenes for the The Milford Historical Society Holiday Open House at Promont House starting mid-November 2013 through January 12, 2014. This one of kind exhibit will feature crèches from Uganda, Tanzania and even as close to home as Loveland. Grailville's Program Manager, Terrie Puckett found the exhibit to be a great expression of Grailivlle's mission. She said, "Grailville is blessed with a long history in the creation and collection of liturgical art. The liturgical arts programs during the early years of Grailville was designed to provide images that help in our human search for meaning and deeper spirituality. This is a task that is wonderfully suited to The Grail, as the word grail itself means 'search.'"
"Earlier this year we initiated a local arts and history collaborative," commented Donna Amann, administrator, Greater Milford Area Historical Society. "We wanted to bring together a number of organizations who are interested in working collaboratively to offer enhanced programming to the community. The relationship with Grailville resulted from that initiative, and we're pleased to partner with them on bringing the crèche exhibit to Promont."
The Holiday Open House will also feature a collection of antique toys; and, Promont will be decorated using items depicting the natural things that would have been available to Victorians, such as pine cones, nuts, trees and greens, and feathers from local game birds.
"The house is at its finest during the holidays, and this year the decorating committee has decided to augment the Victorian-oriented natural decorations with glittering elements that will allow the house to sparkle," continued Amann. "It's a wonderful opportunity to bring the family and experience holiday traditions from the Victorian era. We will have the first floor open for self-guided tours during the Holiday Open House; and, GMAHS volunteers will be available to answer questions."
Visitors to the Holiday Open House will also enjoy a variety of special offers including:
A special discounted rate on 2014 membership to the Greater Milford Area Historical Society (details available only at the Open House).
One FREE admission for two adults to Promont House Museum. This ticket (one per family) can be used at a future date for a docent-led tour during regular museum hours.
One free raffle ticket (with the purchase of at least six tickets/$5) good toward a beautifully dressed 18-inch doll complete with a full Victorian ice skating outfit and skates. The drawing will be held at 4:30 PM on December 15.
"We are excited to bring the exceptional crèche exhibit to Promont, and we're looking forward to hosting the public during our Holiday Open House," commented Amann.
Greater Milford Area Historical Society Open House is on Sunday, December 15, 1:30-4:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on display starting mid-November 2013 through January 12, 2014. For more information about the Open House, please contact www.MilfordHistory.net.
Loveland, Oh. - The Loveland Museum at 201 Riverside Drive will have a carriage the evening of Christmas in Loveland, Saturday December 14th from 5 until 9PM. The carriage will go from downtown to the museum and back. No waiting to return to the downtown area.
The museum will be open and decorated in Victorian fashion complete with caroling, music, vintage train set, and toy display. Amanda Huey from Loveland Music Academy will play piano for your enjoyment.
This year they will also have The Dancelot Dancers in Renaissance attire performing a blend of contra and classical ballet set to Olde English, Celtic and Contemporary Classical holiday music.
The Rich Log cabin will be open and Loveland Initiative will be helping children create a gingerbread ornament.
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is inviting customers to celebrate their recent honor from the library field’s leading professional publication. The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service awarded the Public Library a Five-Star Rating for service on November 1st and this week, when the print edition of the publication was released, we learned that our Library got the second highest score in the country within its expenditure category of $30+ million.
To celebrate, the Public Library invites customers to visit any of our 40 neighborhood branches or the Main Library in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, November 16th at 1 p.m. to share in a free piece of cake (while supplies last). Read on...
An barn owl bowl, inspired by Australian dot paintings offered by Mud Slinger Studio.
Mud Slinger Studio is hosting its seventh annual Holiday Art Show on Friday, November 15tth from
9am to 7pm. The show features unique, locally made pottery, fiber and
paper art, weavings, fine woodworking, jewelry, hand felted crafts,
accessories, and quilted handbags in time for the upcoming holiday
is an opportunity to support local artists and craftspeople and to
browse their one of a kind arts and crafts. You can find items here not
available at the mall or in catalogues. In addition, artists will be
on hand to answer questions and can even take special orders," says show
organizer, Bonnie McNett.
A hand felted fairy and baby offered by Moonforest Studios.
Local artists and crafts people that will be showing their work include:
Mud Slinger Studio - Bonnie McNett creates functional, wheel thrown and hand built pottery
Moonforest Studio - Sarah Miller specializes in original felted crafts and accessories
Mat Nedeljko Woodworking - fine wood serving trays, decorative cutting boards, and marquetry crafts
Arriving in Style - Donna Owen uses soft yarn to create colorful and fashonable ear and neck warmers
Linda Fischer - original paintings, paper crafts and frames
Blue Owl Studio - Pamela Hall makes jewelry with metals, semi precious stones, and natural objects
B.J. Weavery - Bob Jenkens hand weaves place mats, table runners, coasters, and scarves
Do~Si~Do Handbags - Doris Williams quilts stylish purses and handbags
Moira Seger - imaginative accessories, rings and headbands from duct tape
Jabebo Earrings - Kevin Abbott uses recycled paperboard to fashion earrings inspired by nature and science
An organic pendant offered by Blue Owl Studio.
The show is Friday, November 15th from
9:00am - 7:00pm at 6888 Clubside Drive just off of Route 48. There is
free parking and refreshments. For more information call 697-7070 or www.HolidayArtSale.com.
Because fall colors have not yet completely "Bloomed" - the deadline has been extended for the Loveland Magazine FALL in LOVEland Photo Contest.
The deadline is now November 15 at noon, 2013.
FALL IN LOVELAND
Start taking photos now for a chance to win one or all three $100 prizes in the categories of "Best Scenic Photo of 'Fall in LOVEland", "Best Photo of People Enjoying Fall in LOVEland", and “Wish you were here in LOVEland? Photo”.
Join us for a fun evening on Thursday and create this beautiful wreath for your front door, or any room of your home. We have all the materials that will make your wreath personal for your decor, we always have a lot of fun during our classes, and a yummy treat! Class is from 6-9 pm, you can bring a snack with you, and a beverage of choice, we will break in the middle. Class includes as 10% discount in the shop, including sale merchandise! No craft experience necessary! The wreath measures approx. 24" across, call the shop to sign up, space is limited. 683.3333. http://www.pizazzstudio.com/