Learn About Fiber Arts at Kokomo’s Winter Woolen Workshop

Winter Woolen Workshop 1Enjoy two days of workshops, demonstrations, and shopping with more than 30 vendors at the 9th Annual Winter Woolen Workshop on February 21-22, 2015 in Kokomo.  Learn, practice, and share your skills and interest in fiber arts!

It will all be handmade as participants can watch and even try their own hand at primitive and traditional rug hooking, oxford rug punch, spinning, weaving, acryllic painting, hand quilting, beading, knitting, crocheting, wool applique, needle felting, and much more.

The event will be held at the Seiberling Mansion and Elliott House and is presented by Beth’s Main Street Folkart and the Howard County Historical Society.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Cost of a two-day admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  Advance sale tickets are available online at www.howardcountymuseum.org.

For more information, contact Beth Notaro at (765) 236-1000, bethsmnstfolkart@aol.com or www.picturetrail.com/bethsmainstreet.

Indulge in Kokomo’s Chocolate Celebration on Feb. 6th

chocolateWhere can you find raspberry brownie parfaits, double chocolate cookies, banana split cheesecake, chocolate-covered fruit cups, and dark chocolate caramel cupcakes?  At the 13th Annual Chocolate Celebration on Friday, February 6, 2015! This sweet event will be held at Kokomo’s First Church of the Nazarene at 2734 South Washington Street from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

There is no admission to the event with free samples at many of the booths.  Tickets are 2/$5, and each ticket may be redeemed at any of the Chocolate Celebration booths for one chocolate item of your choice.  Arrive early for best selection!

Many booths will also have specialty items for sale – perfect for Valentine’s Day!  New to this year’s celebration, bring your smartphone along and connect on Twitter by live tweeting pictures of your favorite treats using #chocolatecelebration @SCaregivers.

This is one delicious event for a great cause!  Proceeds will benefit Samaritan Caregivers.

Want to find out more?  Call 765-453-7611 or check out the chocolate page at www.samaritancaregivers.org.

Kokomo’s Holiday Light Displays

WeCarePark

There are a number of locations in the Kokomo area to see beautiful light displays, most open nightly starting at dusk through Christmas.

See over one million lights and dozens of animated displays at We Care Park, located on the northside of Kokomo near the corner of Lafountain & Gano Streets.  Also enjoy light displays in Highland Park (entrance located off Defenbaugh Street) and throughout Downtown Kokomo.  Nearby, visit the Twelve Days of Christmas Lights at the Pioneer Village at the Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown, and don’t miss the computerized Sharpsville Lights Christmas display show set to music.

Kids of all ages (no matter if you are 5 or 95) are sure to enjoy a drive to see the lights this holiday season!  For more information about Kokomo, go to www.VisitKokomo.org.

Downtown Kokomo Train Depot honored with historical marker

The L.E. & W. Railroad Depot was recognized as a community landmark last week with a historical marker, serving as a visual reminder of Kokomo’s once bustling railroad industry.  It is the only remaining train depot in Kokomo.

The depot was built in the Craftsman architectural style around 1910, which later became home to Norfolk & Western Railroad and then Central Railroad of Indianapolis.  Recently acquired by the city of Kokomo, the building is currently being used as the location for the Kokomo Downtown Winter Market, now open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. through December 20, 2014.

Howard County Historian John Morr talks about the historic train depot after the historical marker was unveiled

Howard County Historian John Morr talks about the historic train depot after the historical marker was unveiled

 

Train depot, circa 1910, in Downtown Kokomo

Train depot, circa 1910, in Downtown Kokomo

Fun Holiday Events in Kokomo

Santa will arrive in Downtown Kokomo during First Friday's Hometown Holiday

Santa will arrive in Downtown Kokomo during First Friday’s Hometown Holiday

Enjoy a variety of fun, family events this holiday season in Kokomo!  Here are some highlights:

“Scrooge – The Musical” presented by Kokomo Civic Theatre  will be held on November 21-23, 2014 at IU Kokomo Havens Auditorium.  Don’t miss one of the best musical adaptations of Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.”  Visit www.KokomoCivicTheatre.com for ticket information.

Shop local!  Find locally-made gifts and delicious baked goods at the Kokomo Winter Market, located inside the Historic Train Depot on Buckeye Street.  The Winter Market is open 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Saturday through December 20, 2014, and a perfect place to find unique holiday gifts!

Make plans to visit Christmas at the Seiberling – a local holiday tradition.  Explore the Seiberling Mansion, adorned with Christmas trees, wreaths, angels, and thousands of lights – elaborately decorated both inside and out (including 20 rooms on all three floors!)  Opening Night Lighting Ceremony will be Saturday, November 29, 2014 starting at 6 p.m.  Enjoy tours, cookies and wassail, visits with Santa, and carriage rides (reservations required for all carriage rides.)

Experience both day & evening tours during Christmas at the Seiberling

Experience both day & evening tours during Christmas at the Seiberling

Christmas at the Seiberling tours will continue through December 21, 2014.  Hours:  Tuesday – Sunday 1-4 p.m.  In addition, the Mansion will be open several weekends for special evening tours!  These dates include December 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19.  Thanks to local sponsors, free admission will be given on December 4, 18, and 19.  Check out www.HowardCountyMuseum.org for more details.

Join us on December 5, 2014 for Kokomo’s Hometown Holiday during First Friday from 5:30-9:00 p.m.  See the lighting of Downtown Kokomo with caroling, holiday window displays, and a holiday parade to the Historic Train Depot where Santa will be waiting!  For more information, visit www.FirstFridayKokomo.com.

Holiday light display in Downtown Kokomo

Holiday light display in Downtown Kokomo

In addition to Downtown Kokomo, check out fantastic light displays at Highland Park and We Care Park (Kokomo’s largest holiday light display with over one million lights and dozens of animated displays, opening on Thanksgiving night!)

Looking for a way to stay active this holiday season?  Participate in the Rudolph Family Fun Run on December 6th in Downtown (starting at Kokomo/Howard County Public Library) or the Jolly Jingle 5K Run/Walk on December 13th in Kokomo’s Highland Park.

For a list of all events going on in Kokomo, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the free Visit Kokomo mobile app.  Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

Explore Corn Mazes & Discover Haunted Fun in Kokomo!

Guffey Acres

Guffey Acres

Whether you are looking for some family fun or a scary adventure, Kokomo has it covered this fall!

Explore seven acres of paths in three corn mazes at Guffey Acres – at various levels for all ages!  Kids will also enjoy hayrides, barnyard barrel train rides, tube slide, corn popper, giant checkers, cornhole, and much more.  Don’t forget to stop by the Big Red Barn to see all the animals!  Pumpkins and mums are also available to purchase.  Open Saturday & Sundays now through October 26, 2014.  Learn more at www.guffeyacres.com.

Scare up some fun at Twisted Darkness and Twisted Illusions 3D Fun House.  Be ready for new set designs and tons of new scares!  Open Friday & Saturdays now through November 1, 2014 (plus October 23 and 30.)  For tickets and more information, visit www.twistedhaunt.com. Ask about their Apocalypse Zombie Experience!

Edge of Insanity takes you through the nightmare-ish den of Dr. Weitles Asylum.  Enter if you dare!  Open Saturday & Sundays now through November 2, 2014.  Visit www.weitlesasylum.com to see what you are in store for!

There are many more family-friendly options to celebrate fall and Halloween in Kokomo, including a Kids Halloween Party (October 25, 2014), Haunted Trail Walk in Jackson Morrow Park (October 25, 2014), Pumpkin Painting at the Kirkendall Nature Center (October 18, 2014), and Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market Fall Harvest Festival (October 11, 2014.)

Visit our community calendar at www.VisitKokomo.org or download the free Kokomo mobile app to see a complete list of fun fall activities!