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Ah, the ‘Sweet Sounds of Christmas’

On the biggest shopping weekend of the year, there is an alternative to traffic, check-out lines and disgruntled customers. It even promotes the holiday spirit. The 2002 Light Up Corydon gala, called “The Sweet Sounds of Christmas,” begins Saturday at noon and is packed with new and returning events.
“Light Up Corydon is for people of all ages who just want to have an event that is unique to kick off the holiday season. When you think about the world today and all the Christmas opportunities seem to be commercially related, you come down to Corydon and it doesn’t cost you a dime,” said Sean Hawkins, Community Development Manager with the Harrison County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
While awaiting Santa’s arrival, children can pass the time at The Classic Christmas Cartoon Show beginning at 1 p.m. with “Frosty the Snowman” in the Breeden Children’s Activity Center of the Harrison County Public Library.
At 2 p.m., the Dr. Seuss creation, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will air, followed up by Burl Ives’ “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at 3 p.m.
Santa’s entourage, the “Christmas on the Square Parade,” will travel through downtown Corydon at 3 p.m. Santa is scheduled to ride into town at the end of the parade and find lodging in the First State Capitol.
Pictures with Santa will be taken in the capitol from 4 to 5:30 p.m. In past years, the pictures have been taken in the small outbuilding on the square and last year in the Wright Interpretive Center. This year, the fireplace in the historic capitol will give the photos a warmer look and help waiting children and parents feel warm, too.
Weather has been a hindrance during the celebration in recent years, but Hawkins said organizers are anticipating much nicer weather for the 17th consecutive Light Up Corydon. And there will be plenty of incentive to be outdoors.
Among new events this year, selections from “The Sound of Music” will be presented by the Derby Dinner Playhouse cast at the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Immediately following will be a presentation by Corydon Central High School’s Advanced Choir directed by Daniel Suddarth.
And of course, Corydon will have to be “lit up.” The countdown to Light Up Corydon will be at 6 p.m. at the bandstand.
In addition to providing a cozy place for Santa, the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site will host several special events.
The “White Light Tea Room” will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. in the basement of the Wright Interpretive Center. Described by the historic interpreters as “a reminiscence of English tea rooms with a modern twist,” participants will receive a “light lunch” of finger foods and teas, for $7.95.
On the menu are cheddar and chives rounds, cream cheese and walnut sandwiches, and ham triangles with poppy and sesame seed topping. All sorts of flavored teas will be offered among a setting of fairy gates, beautifully set tables and mood music. The event is a fund-raiser for Friends of Corydon Capitol.
The Corydon Dulcimer Society will perform upstairs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. followed by the Madrigal Singers from Indiana University Southeast. The group will perform an array of Christmas music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
After daylight fades, a candlelight tour of Gov. Hendricks’ Headquarters will be conducted in the seasonally decorated, historic home from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the door. The tour will end with free cookies and wassail.