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December 15, 2017

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Swiss Historical Society Christmas open house Saturday

Also on Saturday, Riley Creek Old Time Christmas tour

The Bluffton/Pandora Community Swiss Historical Christmas open house,
"Christmas at the Homestead will be held on from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2,
the Schumacher Homestead. 

The public is invited to tour the decorated 1843 house while snacking on homemade treats and listening to songs of the season.

Guests can watch food being prepared in the fireplace, hand dip a candle, play a game of checkers, shop in the gift shop and chat with staff about the history of the Homestead and typical life in the 1840's.

Everything you need to know about Saturday's Blaze

Food, entertainment, Santa, schedule

Here's everything you need to know about Saturday's Blaze of Lights. The following links take viewers to previous stories about this year's Blaze:

Bluffton Life Flight pilot is Blaze parade marshal

Fairy Parkins is this year's Blaze "Switch Hitter"

Aaron Antrim customarily views Bluffton from several hundred feet in the air.

On Saturday, he’ll see it from ground level.

Antrim is this year’s Blaze of Lights parade marshal. He is also the lead pilot for Mercy Life Flight 3, based at the Bluffton Airport.

As parade marshal, Antrim will ride in one of the lead vehicles in Saturday’s 5 p.m. Blaze parade. The 1998 Bluffton University graduate is married to Bluffton native Rachel Hilty, a 1996 Bluffton High School grad. The couple lives on Grismore Road with their three sons, Asher, Eden and Levi.

U.S. Postal Service provides recommended ship-by dates for Christmas

The United States Postal Service shares is recommended ship-by dates for Christmas delivery:

Tuesday, Dec. 19 - for first class mail
Wednesday, Dec. 20 - for Priority Mail
Friday, Dec. 22 - for Priority Mail Express

Icon invites you to a free showing of "It's a Wonderful Life" on Friday

All you do is buy your own popcorn

Let the Blaze of Lights begin!

The Icon, in cooperation with Shannon Theatre, is happy to launch this year's Blaze on Friday afternoon.

Bluffton Icon sponsors two free showings of "It's a Wonderful Life," the 1946 classic featuring the all-star cast of James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore at the Shannon Theatre.

The free showings are at 1:30 and 4 p.m. The showings are also part of the Shannon Theatre's Customer Appreciation Weekend.

Great musical entertainment on Blaze schedule

Following the parade, leading to lights turned on

One popular group and two new performers will entertain the Blaze of Lights crowd on Saturday in downtown Bluffton. The performance stage is at the corner of Main and Cherry streets.

Once the Blaze parade ends – estimated to end about 6 p.m. – musical entertainment takes the Blaze stage until this year’s “switch hitter” turns on the Ream holiday folk art light display.

Saturday’s entertainment follows:
• Bluffton High School show choir
, directed by Kara Zink. This group is a popular Blaze entertainer year after year.

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