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The Holiday Light Display will light up the recently renamed Stoughton Rotary Park with nearly 50,000 lights beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The light show, which has grown each of the past couple of years (and doubled in size last year), will also be sequenced to holiday music being broadcast on the radio.

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Schedule of events

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4:30 p.m., Love Lights Ceremony with ecumenical childrens choir and bell choir, Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St. 10 a.m. 5 p.m., Saving Thyme Christmas quilt show, 233 W. Main St. 10:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m., Stoughton Antique Mall open house, 524 E. Main St. 5:30 p.m., Holiday Light Display, Stoughton Rotary Park at the corner of 6th and Jefferson streets, just east of the fire station 610 p.m., Victorian Holiday Opening Fte benefiting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, 206 W. Prospect St. 8 a.m. noon, United Methodist Church cookie walk, 525 Lincoln Ave., stoughtonumc.org 9 a.m. 4 p.m., Victorian Holiday arts and craft show, River Bluff Middle School 9 a.m. 4 p.m., Holiday shopping for kids, River Bluff Middle School cafeteria 9 a.m. until gone, Small Animal Advocates bake sale, Stoughton Public Library 10 a.m. 5 p.m., Saving Thyme Christmas quilt show, 233 W. Main St. 10 a.m. noon, SHS Madrigal Singers Victorian Holiday Caroling, Strolling along downtown shops 10:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m., Stoughton Antique Mall open house, 524 E. Main St. Noon 3 p.m. Santas Workshop sponsored by Kiwanis: Visit with Santa, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, crafts for kids and face painting, Stoughton Community Building at the corner of North and 5th streets. 1 3 p.m., Special activities for children - decorate a Christmas stocking for your stuffed animal or doll, The Next Generation, 161 E. Main St. 1:30 p.m., The Nutcracker ballet presented by StageWorks Projects, Inc., Stoughton High School, 873-0717 3 p.m., Stoughton Village Players: Its a Wonderful Life Radio Show, All profits go to the Stoughton Food Pantry and Personal Essentials Pantry, stoughtonvillageplayers.org 5:30 p.m. Festively Illuminated Fire Truck Parade, Wal-Mart parking lot to fire station 5:30 p.m., Holiday Light Display, Stoughton Rotary Park at the corner of 6th and Jefferson streets, just east of the fire station. 7 p.m., Stoughton Village Players: Its a Wonderful Life Radio Show, All profits go to the Stoughton Food Pantry and Personal Essentials Pantry, stoughtonvillageplayers.org 7:30 p.m., The Nutcracker ballet presented by StageWorks Projects, Inc., Stoughton High School, 873-0717 8 a.m. noon, Breakfast with Santa, American Legion, 803 N. Page St. $8 adults, $4 for kids under 10 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Victorian Holiday Arts and Craft Show, River Bluff Middle School 9 a.m. 2 p.m., Holiday Shopping for Kids, River Bluff Middle School cafeteria 10 a.m., Dickens of a Run/Walk Sponsored by Yahara River Grocery Cooperative 5k Run or 2k Fun Run, McFarland State Bank parking lot 10:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m., Stoughton Antique Mall Open House, 524 E. Main St. 11 a.m. 5 p.m., Saving Thyme Christmas quilt show, 233 W. Main St. 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Stoughton Norwegian Dancers, Stoughton Community Building at the corner of North and 5th streets 2 p.m. Stoughton Chamber Singers and the Bel Canto String Ensemble, Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St. 2 p.m. 6 p.m. Festive Holiday Home TourSponsored by American Cancer Society Relay For Life 5:30 p.m., Holiday Light Display, Stoughton Rotary Park at the corner of 6th and Jefferson streets, just east of the fire station

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Stoughton residents can expect a familiar weekend with most of the usual events back in place for the 21st Victorian Holiday Weekend. Laura Trotter, the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce visitor services coordinator, said the festival will be similar to years past, though an event that has seen dwindling participation was eliminated in the bed race. This years festival will take place the first weekend in December, with activities kicking off Thursday, Dec. 5, at Stoughton Hospital with the Love Lights Ceremony. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., an ecumenical childrens choir and bell choir will perform holiday classics and attendees can see Christmas trees decorated in the lobby with lights and ornaments remembering deceased loved ones or honoring those who serve in the military. Friday will bring more lights, along with other activities around Stoughton. The Holiday Light Display will illuminate Stoughton Rotary Park with nearly 50,000 lights, another increase after the number almost doubled last year, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The lights will be sequenced to holiday music broadcast over FM radio. After viewing the light show, Stoughtonites will have the chance to celebrate the upcoming weekend with an Opening Fete from 6-10 p.m. at 206 W. Prospect

St. That and other events throughout the weekend will benefit charities from around Stoughton, with proceeds from the Friday events silent auction going to the Relay for Life of Stoughton/Oregon/ McFarland. Other charity events over the weekend include the Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, which also benefits the Relay for Life, a bake sale from the Small Animal Advocates on Saturday and the Dickens of a Run & Walk Sunday morning, which will benefit the Stoughton and United Methodist Food Pantries. The Saving Thyme Christmas quilt show also begins Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and continues throughout the weekend. Saturday provides a full day of entertaining options, beginning at 8 a.m. with the United Methodist Church Cookie Walk, which goes until noon. River Bluff Middle School will be the site of the arts and crafts show and sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., which will also feature special treats from area restaurants. If youd like a musical break between shopping for quilts, baked goods and crafts, the Stoughton High School Madrigal Singers will carol downtown from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., in full period costume. Afternoon events include a couple of kid-friendly options, with Santas Workshop sponsored by Kiwanis from noon to 3 p.m. at the Stoughton Community Building and other special activities for

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The 20th anniversary of StageWorks performance of the Nutcracker will include local soloists and mostly homemade costumes, though a few of the jewel-toned tutus were ordered by a Russian seamstress who builds them for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

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Imagine dozens of young dancers clad in vibrant jewel-toned tutus performing to the music of Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker. That will be the scene Saturday, Dec. 7, when StageWorks Projects marks its 20th anniversary of producing the holiday classic. Once again, a cast of about 100 from the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts will take the Stoughton High School auditorium stage to perform the ballet. The ballet has become a key part of the citys annual Victorian Holidays weekend. Coleen Kehl, founder and artistic director of the SCPA and StageWorks Projects, says The Nutcracker ballet has become an American family tradition. Tchaikovskys score is so wonderful and so much a part of the holiday, she observed. She described the story as truly magical. I made the conscious decision 20 years ago to do this ballet in very vibrant jewel tones, so visually, it was captivating, Kehl said. Many dance companies choose to do this ballet in pastels, and its beautiful, but on stage pastels tend to recede back. And I wanted all this vibrant color. The production showcases local talent and features several soloists in key roles: Isabelle Genter takes the lead role, as Clara; Lauren John plays the Sugar Plum Fairy; Alicia Pliner plays Dew Drop; and the Snow Queen is played by Hannah Thomas. Other soloists include Lauren Wendt and Kailyn Prein. Kehl noted her company never brings in guest artists to perform the solo roles. She described the costumes for the performance as stunningly beautiful. A

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couple of the most expensive were ordered from a Russian seamstress who builds tutus for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Some of these tutus are worth $5,000, Kehl said. They are stunning absolutely breathtaking. Other tutus were purchased in the United States and embellished by StageWorks Productions. Kehl said members of her team designed and made all the party-girl costumes. Weve made everything other than a couple of the tutus, she said. This is handiwork from seamstresses over the years. As the costumes start to wear out and the fabric becomes shattered, then we have to find in the budget somewhere to build new for next year. Its an enormous task that involves every detail of every little headpiece, every little piece of trim on a velvet dress. Dancers in the StageWorks Projects production range from relatively new, with just a few years experience, to members of the senior company and training Level 4 program,

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What: Nutcracker ballet, by StageWorks Projects Inc. When: 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 Where: Stoughton High School Performing Arts Center, 600 Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $14 Info: Visit stoughtonperformingarts. com or call 873-0717 whove danced for 15 years or more. The Nutcracker ballet tells the story of Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaums house, which is decorated with dazzling ornaments and a majestic Christmas tree. As the Stahlbaums prepare for their annual party, their children, Fritz and Clara, wait anxiously for family and friends to arrive. When the guests appear and the party picks up with dancing and celebration, a mysterious guest arrives, whom Clara knows as Godfather Drosselmeyer, the toymaker.

The celebration is interrupted when Drosselmeyer reveals to the children that he has brought them gifts beautiful china dolls for the girls and bugles for the boys. Fritz is given a beautiful drum, and Clara is given the best gift of all the Nutcracker. This sets up a dream sequence that includes human-sized mice in army uniforms battling toy soldiers led by the Nutcracker, and ends with Clara riding in a sleigh alongside her prince. Im excited to see it come alive on the stage, Kehl said of this years production, as I am every time we step on the sacred ground of the stage. Im just thrilled for the performers and the audience to be a part of that magic. Its an enormous amount of work by a lot of people behind the scenes who dont get to take the bows at the end, she added. Its just a beautiful thing when weve opened up the house and here come these little girls, in their beautiful velvet dresses, and theyre going to the ballet.

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Holiday home tour benefits Relay for Life


Victorian Holiday revelers can support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life by attending the holiday home tour. The tour and opening reception raise funds for the Stoughton/Oregon/McFarland Relay for Life chapter for their fight against cancer. The reception is from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and features live music, food, drink and a silent auction at one of the citys oldest homes, organizer Amy Ketterer previously told the Hub. The Cress Family has opened one of Stoughtons most stunning historical gems at 206 W. Prospect St. for our weekends opening fete, Ketterer said. The party will feature Second Swing Around, Stoughtons live swing band regaling attendees with hits and holiday favorites of the 1940s. There will also be a silent auction. Suggested admission to the event is a donation at the door. The tour itself features four homes from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Tickets are $25 at McGlynn Pharmacy in Stoughton and McFarland State Bank locations in McFarland and downtown Stoughton. Tickets can also be purchased at the door of

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We extend a warm welcome and open up our home for the many attendees of the 2013 Victorian Holiday Home Tour, said homeowners Bob and Peg Koch. We both have immediate family members whom have suffered from cancer or died from the effects of the disease. We are honored to participate in this years Relay For Life fundraiser by being on the annual home tour. When we had the opportunity to move back to Wisconsin in 1994 we searched far and wide for a piece of property on which to build our dream home. We are both Wisconsin natives and were grateful to be coming

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back home. Fortunately, we found what we were looking for in the town of Pleasant Springs, 40 acres on a ridge with trees, farmland and ample space to plant our vegetable gardens and fruit trees. In early 1995, we hired Eagle Construction to build our two-story Southern Country home. We moved in late May of that year. Our property allows us to view spectacular sunrises and sunsets along with being surrounded by stately oak trees. Wildlife abounds; often we hear coyote, pheasants, sandhill cranes, geese and ducks along with seeing deer, raccoons, woodchucks and more. Many of the furnishings in our home have been beautifully restored by Bob, and each has a unique history. Sitting in front of our home is a one-horse sleigh; a gift from Bob. My suggestion was that it should be taken to the local dump, as I believed it was beyond restoration. Obviously, I underestimated the potential and the abilities of the restorer; we invite you to come and see how beautifully it has been restored. I will always remember my father giving sleigh rides in the wintertime on Gammon Road on the west side of Madison when it was all rural farms. Often, our home is the gathering place for family and friends, with two dining rooms for entertaining and ample space for our children and grandchildren. We invite you to purchase tickets to this annual fundraiser and join us in supporting cancer research. Thank you and we wish you all a blessed holiday season.

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We are honored to share with you one of the few Frank Riley homes outside of Madison, said homeowners Brent Eastabrooks and Todd Cieslak. Frank Riley was the architect of the Madison Club as well as many prominent homes in the Maple Bluff area. Commissioned by local business leader and entrepreneur Clark Osterheld, the home was completed in the early 1930s to his exact specifications. After a decision to make a significant life change and move from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago, we conducted an extensive search around the Madison area to find a home that was different from others on the market. We fell in love with everything the Stoughton community had to offer. After turning down the

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Continued from page 1 tree-lined driveway one crisp fall afternoon, we knew this was the place. Located on Skyline Drive, the home narrowly escaped significant damage from the 2005 tornado and was vacant for almost two years prior to us purchasing the home in December of 2007. Over the past six years, we have been lovingly restoring this project home room by room to reflect its historical significance while keeping true to traditional details; with many surprises and setbacks along the way. We were immediately drawn to the home for its warmth, unique woodwork and charming character. Recent updates include a new kitchen and outdoor living space. As the fourth owners of this beautiful home, longtime Stoughton residents may have memories of playing on the property with the families of Clark Osterheld and Kenneth and Fran Kingery. Mr. Osterheld has been recognized on the Stoughton Hall of Fame for his work with hydroelectric power and the construction of the Dunkirk dam. As the inventor of an efficient electric water heater in the late 1940s, the original model is still on display in our basement today. Mr. Kingery, also an inventor, was a renowned author and a strong supporter of youth programs in the Pleasant Springs/Stoughton area. Although an ongoing work in progress, we invite you to explore and appreciate the uniqueness of our home. We would like to extend a special thank you to our support staff of friends, family, contractors and landscapers for their hard work in making the home what it is today. more impressive brick home, which, perched alone on the western banks of the Yahara River, allowed its owner to survey the bustling downtown of the city that bears his name. Built in 1856, the Greek revival mansion sat on expansive grounds that, punctuated by a white picket fence, sloped to the river and exemplified the relative wealth and importance Luke Stoughton had attained. After Stoughtons death in 1874, the property sold to Ole Nelson Falk, a Norwegian emigrant who, with his brother Frederick, owned pharmacies in Stoughton, and who was also a founder of the Dane County Bank. Falk undertook major renovations to the house, including the removal of its south wing and the addition of front rooms and large bay windows on both floors. At nearly 4,000 square feet, the Greek revival was transformed into an Italianate style home more alike to the other Victorians emerging along recently laid Page Street. The Falk family owned the property for almost 100 years before it was sold and significant updates and restoration work were commenced on the homes interior. A final addition was made to the rear of the house in the 1990s, in keeping with the original styling of Stoughton and Falk. In December, the house will welcome its first guests as the Stoughton House Inn, the citys newest bed and breakfast. Your tour of the Stoughton house will include the rooms on its lower floor, including the original music room, the front parlor, the homes library, the formal dining room and the kitchen/ pantry. The front four rooms, all with ten-foot ceilings, feature original wooden flooring; that of the dining room includes exquisite detail work by a carpenter who once boarded at the house. The original music room, now a front parlor, has been restored to near exacting detail to how it appeared in the late 19th century, and includes the stately Italian marble fireplace. The original parlor, conversely, now holds a baby grand piano and boasts the enormous bay window added in 1884. Renovations to the kitchen area, completed in 2008, produced a stunning combination of maple flooring, cherry cabinetry and green soapstone countertops, which blend seamlessly with the historic charm of the house. the 2013 holiday home tour. Experience the Victorian charm that inspired our move including two staircases, pocket doors, stained glass and a grand front porch with classic columns. Built on its prominent corner lot in 1906 for J.I. Suby, physician and Stoughton City Council member and his wife Sarah, the house has stood the test of time, but as anyone whos owned an older home knows, theres always an endless list of projects. In our short five years of ownership, we have painted the exterior and every room of the homes interior, renovated bathrooms on the first and second floors, rewired the entire house, added a gourmet kitchen, evicted a few squirrel families and completely remodeled the walk-up attic which now includes a custom third full bath. Join us in supporting the American Cancer Society, an organization near and dear to our hearts. Happy Holidays to one and all.

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Stoughton House Inn manager Lance McNaughton provided this introduction: Luke Stoughtons first family home in the city was a modest wooden frame house built in 1848 on Main Street. He lived there only until the construction of a much

As two individuals who had dreamed of living in an old Victorian home, we were swept off our feet when on a whim we found 332 Oak St. online while living in the Chicago area, exclaimed an email from the Schmidt family. After viewing the house, we knew a return to our Wisconsin roots was eminent; we were in love with the house wed learn is known as Stoughtons lion house. Let lions Mike and Ike (named by previous owners after the famous lions outside the Art Institute of Chicago) welcome you into our stop on

Opening party features live 1940s swing band


The Victorian Holiday kick off party is Friday, Dec. 6, from 6-10 p.m. Victorian Holiday weekend starts with an evening to support the American Cancer Society. There will be hor doeuvres, cash bar and a silent auction with proceeds going to the Relay for Life of Stoughton/Oregon/McFarland. The party will feature Second Swing Around, Stoughton's live swing band regaling attendees with hits and holiday favorites of the 1940s. The event will be at Cress Funeral Home banquet area at 206 W. Prospect St.

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Many race competitors don their gay apparel when they run in the Dickens Run/Walk.

Sixth annual run/walk to raise money for food pantries


The Dickens Run/Walk will be back for a sixth year at the upcoming Victorian Holiday Weekend. A Dickens of a Run & Walk, which began at the 2008 festival, features a 5k run and a 2k walk on Sunday, Dec. 8. Both the walk and run begin and end at the McFarland State Bank parking lot. Pledges in support of runners and walkers will be shared by the Stoughton and United Methodist Food Pantries. The first 95 registrants will receive a Wisconsinmade Dickens headband, either red or green, and prizes will be given out to the top adult and youth finishers as well as the best dressed in holiday finery. Last years event saw a record 227 people

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What: A Dickens of a Run & Walk When: 10 a.m. Sunday Where: McFarland State Bank parking lot Cost: $20 Info: yaharagrocery.coop participate, with temperatures falling in the mid50s. The event begins at 10 a.m., with race-day registration from 9-9:45 a.m. You can also pre-register for the race on active.com or download the entry form and turn it in at the Yahara River Grocery Co-op. Registration cost $20 after Nov. 27. For information, visit yaharagrocery.coop.

Local favorites Tony Hill and Karen Griffin tell the story of George Bailey and his family in Stoughton Village Players radio version of Its a Wonderful Life.

Stoughton Village Players share Its a Wonderful Life


Stoughtons Victorian Holiday will enable downtown visitors to once again take a trip to Bedford Falls with the radio play adaptation of the Christmas classic, Its a Wonderful Life. All profits for the two shows 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 will be split between the Personal Essentials Pantry and Stoughton Food Pantry to emphasize this season of giving. This is Stoughton Village Players second year performing this heartwarming production. Coming to the show is a great way to start off the holidays with an old favorite thats sure to delight the whole family the beloved story of a man who rediscovers the true meaning of happiness one Christmas Eve when he learns firsthand about what is most important in life. A team led by Paul Cargill adds a

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What: Its a Wonderful Life live radio drama When: 3 p.m. And 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 Where: Stoughton Village Players Theater, 255 E. Main St. Tickets: $10 Info: StoughtonVillagePlayers.org special element that is rarely seen these days but was a staple of old radio shows: sound effects for the entire story performed right before your eyes. Watching them create creaking doors, snowstorms and splashes is part of the fun as you imagine the show going out over the radio airwaves like the old days.

Directed by Patrick Fernan, a veteran of the SVP stage, the well-known characters from the Jimmy Stewart movie come alive as the lines are performed. George and Mary Bailey, angel Clarence Oddbody, Uncle Billy, Mr. Potter, Zuzu and all your favorites from the movie are recreated onstage as if it was 1949 and a live broadcast was being done. The cast is comprised of actors either from Stoughton or who have performed on the SVP stage before: Tony Hill, Karen Griffin, Gary Smithback, Kathy Horton, Lois Gohlke, Jean Gohlke, Dan Prueher, Tim Markle, J. Peter Shaw, Stephanie Robey, Phil Evans, Sophie Johanneck, Sean Fernan and Kylie Fernan. Tickets for both shows are $10 and are available at McGlynns Pharmacy and StoughtonVillagePlayers.org.

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Continued from page 2 children from 1-3 p.m. at 161 E. Main St. The workshop will provide a chance for kids to visit with Santa, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, make crafts and get their faces painted. The 161 E. Main St. gathering will give children a chance to decorate stockings for their stuffed animals or dolls. Also that day, the Its A Wonderful Life Radio Show returns with shows at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Stoughton Village Players Theater. Profits from the show will go to the Stoughton Food Pantry and Personal Essentials Pantry. Another theater option is the return of The Nutcracker ballet, after the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts put on A Christmas Carol during last years event. Shows will be Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Stoughton High School Performing Arts Center. The Illuminated Fire Truck Parade will once again light up downtown Stoughton Saturday night at 5:30 p.m. The parade, beginning at the Wal-Mart parking lot and continuing downtown on Main Street, features fire departments from Stoughton and nearby communities with decorated, music-blaring trucks.

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Lights on the trees at the Love Light ceremony represent tributes and memorials to loved ones.

Santas Workshop is a popular place for the kids.

The parade will end at the fire station with hot cider, homemade cookies and a special guest from the North Pole. Sunday will bring the usual events, minus the bed race that had only one entrant last year, Trotter said. The River Bluff arts and crafts show and sale will continue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with the Christmas quilt show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the festivities continue with the

Stoughton Norwegian Dancers holiday performance and bake sale at the corner of North and 5th Streets, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. the Stoughton Chamber Singers and Bel Canto String Ensemble will present seasonal music at the Stoughton Opera House. The festival will come to a close Sunday night with the Holiday Tour of Homes from 2-6 p.m., which offers a chance to see decorated homes in the area inside and out.

Love Light ceremony kicks off weekend events


As the kick-off to Victorian Holiday, the Partners of Stoughton Hospital will celebrate their 22nd annual Love Light Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 5. The annual Love Light program provides a way to honor or remember loved ones while also giving back to Stoughton Hospital a non-profit community hospital. The lights on the trees represent tributes and memorials from donors, who are also invited to send a photo with their contribution to help adorn a tree. Heart-shaped frames and red lights honor parents, grandparents, children,

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What: Love Light memorial tree-lighting ceremony When: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 Where: Stoughton Hospital lobby Info: Call 873-6611 or visit stoughtonhospital.com grandchildren and other loved ones; white lights and angel-shaped frames are memorials; and star-shaped frames and blue lights recognize past and present members of the military.

Many groups will provide vocal music


Christmas carols wont be in short supply during Victorian Holiday. Several groups will have various chorale performances throughout the weekend, from caroling to a performance at the Opera House. The Stoughton High School Madrigal choir will spend Saturday morning caroling throughout downtown. Dressed in traditional Renaissance garb, the high school students will serenade passersby on Main Street. They begin their tour at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the library. Theyll be out and about until noon before they head off to Cambridge for the afternoon. On Sunday, the Stoughton Chamber Singers and the Bel Canto String Ensemble perform at 2 p.m., at the Stoughton Opera House. Director John Beutel and the 20-member choir will present a concert of seasonal music. The groups will perform music the beautiful Intermezzo from Cavaleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and a What: Stoughton lively Concerto by the ItalChamber Singers concert ian composer Albinoni. The singers will close the When: 2 p.m. Sunday, program with such familDec. 8 iar carols, as In The Bleak Where: Stoughton Opera Midwinter, Mary Had A House Baby, Still, Still, Still Cost: $5 and Good King WencesInfo: 877-4400 las. Tickets are $5 per person at the door, however, stuthat uses the elements of dents are admitted free. winter as metaphor and music that has been inspired by the season. The varied program will open with Psallite, a lively motet by the German composer Praetorius, and will be followed by the beautiful contemporary motet, O Nata Lux by Morton Lauridsen. Edward Elgars beautiful composition, Snow along with two choruses by John Rutter, the concert title song, Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind, and Good Ale. The Bel Canto String Ensemble will perform

The tree-lighting ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Stoughton Hospital lobby. The program consists of a welcome and greeting from hospital staff, a childrens choir and a bell choir, a short homily by Fr. Randy Budnar from St. Anns church, and reading of the names of all who have been honored within the last year. Donations are accepted year-round. For infor mation about the Love Light Trees Ceremony or to make a donation, call 873-6611 or visit stoughtonhospital.com. Envelopes are available at the Stoughton Hospital for donations, as well.

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Breakfast with Santa will help SHS choir


Stoughton residents can help the Stoughton High School Madrigal choir while enjoying some pancakes and visiting with Santa during a Dec. 8 breakfast. The menu will include all-you-can eat pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, milk, juice and coffee. The event goes from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Post 59, 803 N. Page St. Santa will also be on hand to field Christmas wish lists from youngsters. Madrigal Singers will perform every hour. Cost is $8, $4 for children 4 and under. Proceeds will help SHS students music lab and costume expenses.

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