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A list of events to support the arts and, perhaps, finish some holiday shopping
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This weekend begins winter break for families of students in St. Vrain Valley Schools, or SVVSD, and other community members may be taking time off from work, perhaps even seeing extended family for the first time in a long time. 

Since the Creative Corner series began in June 2021, many artists have cited that they've felt Longmont excels in supporting its artists. To this end, this week's Creative Corner is a bit different: an event roundup, that while not an exhaustive list, presents opportunities to support the arts during  the week of December 19. 

December 19

2021 Last Chance Gift Fest

Boulder County Fairgrounds

Description: Last Chance Gift Fest will be held on December 18-19, 2021. Come shop a wide range of art, crafts, home decor, toys, unique items, delicious food, and much more. Also, enjoy live music. Free admission. Hours: Sat 5-9 p.m.; Sun 10 a. M. - 5 p.m.

Loco Ukulele Jam with Brian Rezac (standing weekly event on Sundays)

Bootstrap Brewing

Description: Whether you want to learn how to play the Ukulele or already do and want to join the fun, wipe off your uke and join in - it's a blast! Host Brian Rezac has extras you can borrow. Or, just come enjoy a beer and watch. All ages and levels are welcome.

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Centennial State Ballet's The Nutcracker

Niwot High School and Livestream

Time:1 p.m.

Tickets:https://centennialstateballet.org/performances/the-nutcracker?utm_source=varies&utm_medium=digital&utm_campaign=The+Nutcracker+2021&utm_content=ticket+sales+all+shows

December 19-20

Christmas Market

 at St. John the Baptist 

Description: This outdoor Christmas Market will be festive fun for the entire family! Food, drinks and gifts for sale. Enjoy music, meet St. Nick, even pet miniature donkeys. Handmade crafts, bath gifts, local jewelry, Christmas decorations make the perfect gifts!

Dates and times: Sunday, December 19th, 10 a. m. - 8 p.m.; Monday, December 20th, 5-9:30 p.m.

December 20 (weekly event)

Open Mic with Denny Driscoll

Bootstrap Brewing

Description/Time: Come at 6 to sign up. Performers get a complimentary beer for their performance. Email dennis.m.driscoll@comcast.net for specific questions.

Monday Night Life Drawing (also offered on December 27)

Firehouse Art Center

Description: The Firehouse is proud to offer a socially distanced life drawing session coordinated with Art of Modeling. Short Sit- Dry media only: the Firehouse provides chairs and tables, BYO easel and supplies.

In this two-hour session, poses vary from short gestures to 15 or 20-minute studies in an open-studio format. This is not an instructor-led class: artists are invited to practice their craft in their own style. All artists are responsible for cleaning their area after class. For distancing reasons, each person will need a separate table or must bring their own easel. No materials will be provided or shared. Space is LIMITED. 

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Cost/Information: $15 General Admission, $12.00 discount pricing for Firehouse Artist members, space is limited, please make sure you reserve a slot on Eventbrite beforehand. Doors close 5 minutes after the class starts and open 15 minutes before.

Longmont 150 Exhibition (through January 9)

Longmont Museum 

Description: It's been 150 years since the Chicago-Colorado Colony founded the town of Longmont, and the Museum is celebrating with an exhibit, aptly titled Longmont 150. The exhibit looks back on the forces that have shaped Longmont’s past and the recurring themes that will undoubtedly define its future.

Price: ​​$8 adults, $5 students/seniors, children 3 and under free, Museum members free.

December 22

Drop-in Acoustic Jam (Recurring Wednesday event)

300 Suns Brewing

Description: Our house musicians are here playing their favorite covers and originals unplugged Wednesdays. Bring an ACOUSTIC instrument, a tune, and enjoy this fun supportive community! Or, just come enjoy the magic that happens when creative minds come together unrehearsed.

Time: 6-8 p.m. 

Annual Winter Market Series

Wibby Brewing

Description: Shop, Indulge, Jig, & Feel Festive! Local artisans arrive Wednesday vending high-quality, affordable, hand-crafted gifts for Dames, Gents, Kinder & Hunde in the spirit of traditional European-style Christkindl markets!

Time: 3:30 - 9:30 p.m.

December 23 (and December 26)

FRCC/BCC Annual Student Show Juried By Brandy Coons

Firehouse Art Center

Description: The Firehouse Art Center is proud to present the fifth annual juried student show from Front Range Community College’s Boulder County Campus in Longmont. The show is a continuation of an academic goal set by John Cross, Lead Faculty for the art program, and the Firehouse’s commitment to educational and professional opportunities for emerging artists and students. Students experience the challenges and joys of presenting their work professionally, from documenting their pieces to professional framing.

Info: By appointment only; https://firehouseart.org/exhibitions/

Through December 30

Scrooge: Bah Humbug

Jester's Dinner Theatre

Running through December 30

Show description: A musical version of the holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol". The Jesters Dinner Theatre has been doing this production every year for over 20 years! Don't miss this classic.

Pricing: Adult Dinner & Show $45-$48 | Show Only $25-$28; Senior (60+)/Military Dinner & Show $43-$46 | Show Only $23-$26; Student (18 & under) Dinner & Show $37-$40 | Show Only $17-$20

Times: Evening-Dinner Seating at 6 pm; Showtime at 7:30 pm; All table service stops at 7:20 pm; Matinee: Dinner Seating at 12:30 p.m.; Showtime at 2 p.m.; All table service stops at 1:50 p.m.

Ticket Link: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=126505

Outdoor Creations Juried Art Show

The Great Frame Up

November/December exhibit features the artwork of the finalists in this year’s Outdoor Creations juried art show. This show is put on by Boulder County Parks And Open Space and features artwork created in Boulder County’s amazing parks and open spaces. Show will be on display in the gallery until December 30.


 
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