Angels are coming … to the Seiberling Mansion!

Christmas at the Seiberling MansionThe Seiberling Mansion is about to be home to one of the largest gatherings of angels ever seen in Howard County – big angels, tiny angels, glass angels, and paper angels are appearing in every room of the Mansion!  They’re part of the traditional Christmas at the Seiberling celebration in Kokomo.

Lighting Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 6-9 p.m.  Come witness the official arrival of Santa and countdown to 6 p.m., when the glorious display of outdoor lights is illuminated.  After the lighting, visit the Elliott House (located next door) to warm up with cookies & wassail and give the kids and grandkids the chance to see Santa.  For the first time this year, take your own picture with Santa for free.  Be sure to bring your camera!

In the Seiberling Mansion, tour a true vision of holiday beauty, created by dozens of volunteers.  Twenty rooms on all three floors are decorated, and the third floor ballroom features ornaments from the former Blasius Christmas Tree House in Kokomo.  Vote for your favorite room!

Christmas at the Seiberling stairs

There will be musical entertainment and a contest for kids 12 & under: “How Many Angels Are in the Mansion?” Opening night tickets are available in advance for $7 or at the door for $10.  Kids 12 & under are $3 and Howard County Historical Society members are free. Advance tickets are available online.

Christmas at the Seiberling holiday tours will continue through December 22, 2013.  Hours are Tuesday through Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Daytime tour admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, and $2 for kids 12 & under.

The Seiberling will also be open on December 6th from 6-9 p.m. during First Friday.  Enjoy an evening of holiday fun with Mansion tours, along with many family-friendly activities in Downtown!

Carriage rides will be available on both November 30th and December 6th from 6-9 p.m.  The cost is $50 and includes up to six people. Advance reservations are required.

The Seiberling Mansion is located at 1200 West Sycamore Street in Kokomo.  For more information on tours and special events, call (765) 452-4314 or visit www.howardcountymuseum.org.  See a sneak preview of the angels at www.facebook.com/hchistory!

 

Experience ART ON FIRE: Hot Glass & Class on October 18-20th

Experience amazing glass tours, unique exhibits & glass shops in Kokomo/Howard County!  Join us as we celebrate the art of glass on October 18-20, 2013 during this special Indiana Glass Trail Art on Fire weekend.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Start your adventure at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, America’s oldest art glass company.  Go “behind the scenes” on this fascinating tour to experience the glass-making process.  Watch as hot glass is ladled from a 12-pot furnace, hand-mixed, cooled, and shipped all over the world.  Also, see glass blowers create amazing glass art in the Hot Glass Studio and purchase beautiful glass items made by local artists in The OP Shop.  Don’t miss the special tours & demonstrations on Saturday, October 19th!  Located at 1310 S. Market St., KOG has been making glass in its original location since 1888.  The cost is only $5 to take the tour.

  • Glass Factory Tours & Glass Blowing – October 18 & 19 from 9am-Noon 
  • Glass Bead & Suncatcher Demonstrations – October 18th 9am-5pm & October 19th 9am-1pm
  • The OP Shop hours – October 18th 9am-5pm & October 19th 9am-1pm
Seiberling Mansion

Seiberling Mansion

The discovery of natural gas in the late 1800’s in Indiana led to an explosion of creativity and glass-making.  From plate glass to stained glass and cookware to art glass, Howard County was a leader of the industry.  That history is on exhibit at Kokomo’s Seiberling Mansion at 1200 W. Sycamore St.  Explore their newest exhibit produced in cooperation with Kokomo Opalescent Glass, a selection from the museum’s huge collection of Jenkins glass, along with Greentown glass, a unique Bournique chandelier, and the Seiberling’s wonderful stained glass windows.  Admission is $5 adults & $2 children.

  • Seiberling Mansion & glass exhibits open October 18-20th from 1-4pm
Greentown Glass Museum

Greentown Glass Museum

Don’t miss a visit to the Greentown Glass Museum.  The museum’s permanent exhibit houses over 2,000 pieces of glass on display, including a vast number of pieces of glassware produced by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown between 1894-1903.  The extensive display features various glass patterns and highly collectible pieces, such as Chocolate Glass, Golden Agate and Rose Agate.  Admission is free.  The museum is located at 112 N. Meridian St. in Greentown.

  • Greentown Glass Museum open October 18th 12-4pm and October 19 & 20th 1-4pm

IGAA exhibit
Recognized as the best contemporary glasswork being made in the Midwest, 28 pieces from 21 glass artists have been selected for this year’s Indiana Glass Arts Alliance (IGAA) annual exhibition, which is titled “GATHERING: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland.”

Featuring exceptional glasswork from artists in six states, this unique exhibit will open Oct. 19, 2013 at the Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery with an Opening Reception from 2-5 p.m. (open to the public.)  The Art Gallery is located on the campus of IU Kokomo at 2300 S. Washington St.  Admission is free.

IGAA Glass Exhibit Opening Reception – October 19th 2-5pm

 

 
Finally, purchase local, handmade glass items at Crystal Wand Creations, including glass jewelry, stained glass ornamentals, panels, suncatchers & wind chimes in this unique retail shop located at 206 N. Buckeye St. in Downtown Kokomo.  The shop will be open October 18th from 10am-6pm and October 19th from 10am-4pm.

Crystal Wand Creations in Downtown Kokomo

Crystal Wand Creations in Downtown Kokomo

In addition, take a class or see the work of glass artists in Lafayette/West Lafayette and Logansport during this glass weekend.  Full itinerary available here.

Special rates are available at the following Kokomo hotels (based on availability.) You must mention “Art on Fire – Hot Glass & Class” to receive the discounted rate!

Comfort Inn – (765) 452-5050
Courtyard by Marriott – (765) 453-0800
Fairfield Inn – (765) 453-8822
Hampton Inn & Suites – (765) 455-2900
Holiday Inn Express – (765) 453-2222

For more information, call the Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971 or go to www.VisitKokomo.org.  For more details on the Indiana Glass Trail and Art on Fire weekends, visit www.IndianaGlassTrail.com.

Kokomo’s Seiberling Mansion Hosts Unique Civil War Exhibit

Civil War Exhibit 2
An extraordinary exhibit on the Civil War is on display now through June 2013 at the Seiberling Mansion.  The exhibit features photographs and artifacts from local collector Craig Dunn and a unique letter on loan from Katherine Morehead.  Dunn has built one of the state’s most remarkable collections of material related to Indiana Civil War soldiers.  He also authored two books about Hoosiers caught up in the war between the states.  Craig has loaned a small portion of his collection to the Howard County Historical Society for this exhibit, and the museum has supplemented with items from their own archives and collections.  Morehead is a descendent of  T.J. Harrison, the highest-ranking Howard County veteran of the war, and she allowed the exhibit to display an original letter home written by Harrison.

The Seiberling Mansion is open Tuesday – Sunday from 1-4 p.m.  Group tours by appointment.  In addition to the Civil War exhibit, visitors will enjoy many other displays in the beautifully restored (former) home of Monroe Seiberling built in 1891.  For more information, call (765) 452-4314 or visit www.HowardCountyMuseum.org.

Civil War Exhibit 3

 

 

 

Civil War Exhibit 4

Get Tickets Now for the Holiday Spirits Wine & Beer Tasting at the Seiberling Mansion on Dec. 7th

holiday spirits wine tasting
Holiday Spirits returns to the Seiberling Mansion on December 7, 2012.  You won’t find spirits of the ghostly kind that evening, though.  Instead, it’s the biennial wine and beer tasting benefit in support of the Howard County Historical Society – sponsored by Soupley’s Wine and Spirits and Rozzi’s Catering.

Visitors will sample outstanding wines, beers and hors d’oeuvres and enjoy live music, while visiting with friends and touring the festive Seiberling Mansion.  Silent auction items will also be available for bidding and purchase.  A special feature, the new Civil War exhibit, featuring artifacts and photographs from the Craig Dunn collection, will be open on the first floor.

Tickets for Holiday Spirits are available from the Howard County Historical Society at 1200 W. Sycamore in Kokomo, from society board members, or online at www.howardcountymuseum.org or www.hchistory.eventbrite.com.  Admission is $20 for HCHS members and $25 for non-members.  For more information, call 765-452-4314.

Your Guide to Fun Holiday Events & Spectacular Light Displays in Kokomo!

Light Up Your Holiday will feature Santa’s arrival on the train in Downtown Kokomo among many other fun activities for kids of all ages!

Visit Kokomo Indiana for great tours and family-friendly events that will make your family’s holiday season merry and bright!  Christmas at the Seiberling is an annual holiday tradition in Kokomo held at the Seiberling Mansion, beautifully decorated both inside and out!  The Opening Night Ceremony will be held November 24, 2012 from 6-9 pm with Santa visits, carriage rides (by reservation), entertainment, and museum tours.  Christmas at the Seiberling tours will continue throughout the season Tuesday-Sunday from 1-4 pm through December 30th (closed December 24-25.)  Don’t miss this chance to experience the Seiberling Mansion in its full holiday splendor!  This is also a great tour idea for groups of all sizes or a women’s holiday outing.  Admission is $4 for adults & $1 for kids.  Visit website or call (765) 452-4314 for information or to schedule a group tour.

Christmas at the Seiberling tours are sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

If you have kids, make plans now to attend Light Up Your Holiday!  Downtown Kokomo will be bustling with holiday cheer on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 4-7 pm with the arrival of Santa on the train, live reindeer, Christmas stories & crafts, letters to Santa, holiday treats, downtown lights & much more.  Admission is free.  Downtown art galleries and boutiques will also be open for holiday shopping.  Kids of all ages will have a blast at this event!  My son especially enjoyed the live reindeer last year …

Kids can pet a real reindeer during Light Up Your Holiday in Downtown Kokomo!

Enjoy a drive or stroll through several spectacular light displays in the Kokomo area.  These include We Care Park (Kokomo’s largest holiday light display with over 1,000,000 lights and dozens of animated displays), Highland Park and Pioneer Village at the Howard County Fairgrounds.  Most light displays will be open nightly starting Thanksgiving weekend.
Take a step back in time and enjoy A Country Christmas at Easy Acre Farm. Visit Santa, see his sleigh, and meet live reindeer from 1-4 pm on December 15-16 & 22-23, 2012.  Located at 3347 East 50 North (less than 2 miles east of Kokomo), Easy Acre Farm has several fun family-friendly events throughout the year and boasts their farm attraction as agri-tainment!  This is a great opportunity to visit a local farm and learn about history and old-fashioned values.  Visit their website for more details.

All ages will enjoy the annual light display at We Care Park!

Enjoy theater and music?  Here are a few more ideas to enjoy the holiday season!  Kokomo Civic Theatre will present the heart-warming musical “The Gifts of the Magi” on November 30 – December 2, 2012 at IU Kokomo Havens Auditorium.  Performances will be held Fri. & Sat. 8 pm and Sun. 2 pm.  Visit their website for ticket information.  The  We Care Christmas Concert will be held on November 16, 2012 at IU Kokomo Havens Auditorium at 7 pm.  Concert will feature several local musicians and performers, and admission is $2.  Also, don’t miss the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra Youth Winter Concert.  KSO Youth will perform at Grace United Methodist Church in Kokomo at 7:30 pm on December 14, 2012.
In between holiday baking, shopping, decorating, and gift wrapping, we hope you take some time to enjoy this holiday season with your family and friends!  For more information on special events, tours, shopping & dining in Kokomo, visit our website at www.VisitKokomo.org or download the Visit Kokomo Mobile App, available on both Apple & Android phones and devices.  Happy Holidays from the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau!

Howard County Historical Society to Participate in Blue Star Museums

The Howard County Historical Society announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012.   The Howard County Museum is located at 1200 West Sycamore Street in Kokomo and is open Tuesday-Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

“The people of Howard County have a long history of military service to America, and we’re proud to celebrate and support the contributions of the men and women of the armed forces.   This is one small way that we can say ‘thank you’”, said Dave Broman, Executive Director of HCHS. “We’re pleased to be able to share our community’s heritage with a group of men and women who’ve made such a strong commitment to our national heritage.”

More than 1,500 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 300 new museums this year.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 through Labor Day, September 3, 2012. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find out which museums are participating, visit http://www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

Howard County Museum

The Howard County Historical Society is the custodian of the county’s unique heritage. The organization operates from a campus on West Sycamore Street in Kokomo, which includes two turn-of-the-century mansions and their carriage houses. The history museum is located in the remarkable Seiberling Mansion, a brick Victorian house built in 1889. The Elliott Carriage House contains the HCHS Local History Archives, and the Elliott House is a rental facility for meetings, receptions, and parties. Information on the organization, museum, and archives can be found at howardcountymuseum.org.

Tour the Seiberling Mansion by candlelight

Come and be the first to tour the Seiberling Mansion by the magic of candlelight and experience scenes of life from a gentler time.

On Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 6 to 9 p.m., make plans to tour the Seiberling Mansion after dark with only the lights from the Christmas trees illuminating the beautifully decorated interior of the mansion.

The tour will last approximately 40 minutes and the cost is $7 per person.  Reservations are required, and guests must be able to climb three flights of stairs.   The Seiberling Mansion is located at 1200 West Sycamore Street, Kokomo.

Attendance is limited to 130 people (10 people per tour group).  Call the Howard County Historical Society as soon as  possible at 765-452-4314 to make your reservation and reserve your tour time.  This event is sponsored by Star Financial Bank.

2011 Holiday Tours in Kokomo

Seiberling Mansion

Don’t miss a visit to the Seiberling Mansion during the holidays, an annual tradition in Kokomo!  The Seiberling Mansion, built in 1891 by Monroe Seiberling, is beautifully decorated both inside and out. 

Christmas at the Seiberling Opening Night will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2011 from 6:00-9:00 p.m with the Lighting Ceremony on the lawn at 6 p.m.  Activities throughout opening night include visits and pictures with Santa, carriage rides (advance reservations required), cookies & wassail, museum tours, special entertainment & more.  Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children 12 & under.  

Seiberling Mansion holiday tours will continue Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. through December 30th (closed on Dec. 24 & 25.)  
A special Candlelight Tour will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 6-9 p.m. (reservations are required.)  The Seiberling Mansion is located at 1200 West Sycamore Street in Kokomo.  For more information, call 765-452-4314 or visit www.howardcountymuseum.org.   

 

We Care Christmas Tree House

The We Care Christmas Tree House will be open for its 15th (and final year) this holiday season.  Located at 1501 East Sycamore Street, the owners of this private residence transform their Kokomo home each year and offer public tours.  Tours will be given daily 5:00-9:00 p.m. from November 26-December 23, 2011.  The home will be open special hours on December 3 & 4 from 12:00-9:00 p.m.  Free will donations will be accepted for We Care.

For more information on holiday events or tours in Kokomo, call 800-837-0971 or visit our Calendar of Events.

Travel Along the Indiana Glass Trail

The Indiana Glass Trail was launched in 2010 and is a showcase for talented Hoosier artisans and glass blowers who create magic with glass.  The trail connects several communities throughout the state, including Anderson/Madison County, Columbus, Hamilton County, Kokomo/Howard County, and Muncie/Delaware County.  Glass factories, galleries, museums, studios, festivals, and workshops can be found in these communities along the trail.

Kokomo offers several attractions featuring glass.  Take the fascinating tour at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory, America’s oldest art glass company.  Watch as molten glass is poured and rolled into colorful sheets of art glass and shipped all around the world.  Demonstrations by skilled glass blowers can also be seen.  Public tours are given weekdays Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m.  The Op Shop offers beautiful and unique glass items to purchase, including vases, suncatchers, serving boards, perfume bottles, and paperweights.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Art Association’s Artworks, located in the Kokomo Mall, carries the work of several glass artists, such as glass jewelry among other unique items.  Greentown and Jenkins glass can be seen at the Greentown Glass Museum and Seiberling Mansion in multiple exhibits.  The Greentown Glass Museum houses a vast number of pieces of glassware produced by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown between 1894 and 1903.  For more information on glass in Kokomo/Howard County, call 800-837-0971 or visit www.VisitKokomo.org.         

Explore The House of Glass in Elwood, offering factory tours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  In addition, their gallery features a stunning collection of glass art created by their skilled craftsman, including antique and modern style paperweights, animal sculptures, vases, lamps, and glass jewelry to purchase.  For more information, call 765-552-6841 or visit their website.

Dale Chihuly Glass Chandelier at Columbus Visitors Center

Columbus is home to two original works of glass by world-reowned artist, Dale Chihuly.  The stunning 900-piece neon chandelier  is on display in the Columbus Visitors Center and Chihuly Sun Garden Panels in Suspended Circle are uniquely featured at the Columbus Learning Center.  A variety of unique and colorful glass items are available to purchase in the Columbus Visitors Center gift shop.  Glass art can also be seen at Zaharako’s restaurant, Exit 76 Antique Mall, and used in a variety of ways in architecture throughout Columbus.  For more information, call 800-468-6564.

Purchase Glass Items at the Columbus Visitors Center Gift Shop

In Hamilton County, stroll the Carmel Arts & Design District to find glass-filled antique shops and galleries featuring contemporary glass art.  Glass can also be found throughout Hamilton County’s eight great towns.  For more information, call 800-776-8687 or visit their website.    

Muncie is renowned for its glass history beginning with the Ball family.  Art glass is plentiful from beadwork to sculpture.  Plan to visit the Ball State University Museum of Art and the Minnestrista Center.  Visit the website for festivals and glass artists in the Muncie area or call 800-568-6862.

"Catalyst" Sculpture (made of limestone, stainless steel, and dichroic & plate glass) at Muncie's Minnetrista Center

For more information on the Indiana Glass Trail, visit www.IndianaGlassTrail.com.  If you would like to receive the Indiana Glass Trail brochure, call 800-837-0971 or email information@visitkokomo.org.

5th Annual Winter Woolen Workshop

All day workshops and demonstrations in early samplers, spinning & weaving, hand quilting, rug hooking, knitting, crocheting, and much more will be featured during the 5th Annual Winter Woolen Workshop.  The event will be held at the Seiberling Mansion and Elliott House (1200 West Sycamore Street, Kokomo) on Feb. 26 & 27, 2011. 

Hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is $10 per person (for both days.)  All ages are invited to participate.  Vendors will also sell their wares and materials.  For more information or to see photos from last year’s event, visit the website or call 765-236-1000.