Light Up Corydon returns to town square
By Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]
Renovation work of the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand last year forced Light Up Corydon to move its lighting ceremony to nearby Bicentennial Park in downtown Corydon, where a living 22-foot Norway spruce had been planted in memory of Larry Bennett, former president of Main Street Corydon.
With the bandstand work finished, Light Up will look much like previous years’ events.
“This year, all festivities are taking place on the (Cory-
don town) square,” said Janelle Amy, Main Street Corydon’s executive director. “Our volunteers have been working extremely hard all throughout November to prepare our downtown for Light Up Corydon. The crowd can expect to see more trees lit this year, our gazebo decorated once again and take part in more festivities.
“From vendors on the Capitol Grounds to food trucks lining Elm Street, I believe we have something for everyone,” she said.
Candy Cane Lane, which was a new event last year, offering several children’s activities, is returning and will be set up on Beaver Street from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Vendors of all kinds, including food, will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the town square, in th Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center parking lot and on Elm Street.
There will be live entertainment throughout the day, both before and after the tree lighting, with most on the bandstand but some squattered nearby.
“This year’s Light Up Corydon is truly highlighting coming home for the holidays,” Amy said. “We are community focused by inviting families of all sizes to come to downtown Corydon to take part in free family-friendly activities. From cookie walks, to kids’ activities on Beaver Street, to carriage and haywagon rides in front of the capitol building, there is so much to do and see in our downtown.”
At press time, the weather forecast was calling for a 50% chance of rain Saturday.
“We are rain or shine,” said Amy. “If the weather becomes dangerous, we will consider moving features online or taking more kids’ activities to the library. All guests are encouraged to stay tuned to our Facebook page for details.”
Here is the schedule of events provided by Main Street Corydon for Saturday:
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Corydon Christmas Extravaganza at Harrison County Fairgrounds
10 to 11 a.m. — The Olahtar Experience featuring DJ Big Jim
10 to 11 a.m. — Santa Shuffle at Hayswood Nature Reserve west of Corydon
11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Candy Cane Lane for kids on Beaver Street
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Vendors on the First State Capitol grounds, Vendor Village at the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center parking lot and food trucks and vendors
11:30 a.m. to noon — Deborah Peyron, The Christmas Story lady
Noon to 12:30 p.m. — White Christmas Tribute sing-along
12:30 to 1 p.m. — “Polar Express”
1 to 4 p.m. — Children’s activities at the Harrison County Public Library
1:15 to 2:15 p.m. — Anna Blanton & Friends
2 p.m. — Cookie Walk by the Harrison County Extension Homemakers opens
2 to 3:30 p.m. — Corydon Dulcimer Society performance at Corydon Christian Church – Disciples of Christ
2 to 8 p.m. — Carriage/haywagon rides
2:30 to 3:15 p.m. — Christmas Carol Radio Show
3:30 to 4:45 p.m. — Lindsey Lane Band
4 to 5 p.m. — Pictures with the Grinch in front of the First State Capital Building
5 to 5:30 p.m. — “The Grinch” storytime
5:30 to 6 p.m. — North Harrison Choir concert
6 to 6:45 p.m. — Christmas parade
6:45 p.m. — Lighting of the town square
6:45 to 8 p.m. — Pictures with Santa in the First State Capital Building
6:45 to 8 p.m. — Rosie & The Rockabillies
For more information, contact Amy at 812-738-0120 or by email at [email protected]