Holiday activities are the center of the 3rd edition of 26 Things To Do In Winter, with events by the Chamber Singers, YMCA, and Paine all centered around the holidays. And what is a holiday season (or any for that matter) without music, so we’ve added one of our favorite recommendations in the Local Music Shop Tour.
The full 26 Things To Do In Winter was published in the new Oshkosh Independent Magazine. Subscriptions are available here. You can see part 1 here , part 2 here. We will be publishing several ideas each week through Feb. 2018 to help you through this upcoming season.
- The Chamber Singers: Music lovers in our community find the holiday time a joy, thanks to the Chamber Singers. On Dec. 16 at Trinity Episcopal, the Chamber Singers will perform their annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. This concert combines the beautiful singing of the Chamber Singers with pipe organ and a brass ensemble for a moving night of holiday tradition.
- YMCA: This year has been an exciting one for the YMCA with the grand opening of phase one at their downtown facility. The new expansion and renovation features a beautiful swimming pool with an (un)lazy river, an indoor running track and updated facilities throughout. Work is underway for phase two, and the end result will be one of the region’s best athletic facilities. But let’s not forget about the 20th Avenue Y, which is home to the area’s only indoor ice skating rink (in addition to a climbing wall, zero-depth entry pool and many other great features). The 20th Avenue Y is hosting Skate with Santa Family Night on Dec. 23 and the annual New Year’s Eve Family Night on Dec. 31.
- Local Music Shop Tour: Having local music shops in Oshkosh is a feature that adds intrigue, character and interest in our community. Make it a point to shut off the computer, walk out your front door and visit a local music shop. You can stop by the Exclusive Company at 318 N. Main to add a CD to your collection or to boost your home sound system. Records your thing? Oshkosh is home to one of the state’s premiere retailers of new and used records in Eroding Winds Record Shop (pictured above) at 605 S. Main. Oshkosh now also has a Mojo’s at 417 N. Main for used CDs. Music lessons and music gear can be purchased from Heid Music (1750 W. South Park) and Becker Music (675 N. Main). And while not in Oshkosh, Kurt Stein’s School of Music at 1504 S. Commercial St. in Neenah connects students with many of the area’s most energetic and exciting instructors.
- Christmas with the Paine: The Paine Art Center and Gardens welcomes back Nutcracker in the Castle, where the stunning estate is transformed into chapters of the classic holiday ballet story. The Nutcracker runs through Jan 8.
photo courtesy of Eroding Winds