December Things to do in Abilene Texas 2009

December Things to do in Abilene Texas 2009

Dec. 1st 21st Annual City Sidewalks Sponsored by the Abilene Downtown Association. Rediscover the charm of Christmas in downtown as merchants, museums, and galleries open their doors for an evening of holiday cheer! Activities Include: KTXS TV Christmas Lights Parade, Community Tree Lighting, Entertainment, Food, Reindeer Run Game, Gingerbread House Decorating Contest and lots of family fun!6:30 p.m.—Parade7:30 p.m.—Tree lighting325-677-2281, KTXS 325-676-6211, Civic Center 325-829-7975, Carolyn Cockerell Dec. 1st Museums & Galleries The Grace Museum ~ 102 Cypress ~ 325-673-4587 ~ Children, Fine Art & History Museums ~ AdmissionThrough Jan. 16 “Michael Frary: In Sight”This stunning exhibition features more than 60 paintings by the legendary Texas modernist, who taught at University of Texas at Austin from 1952–1986. This is the first solo exhibition of Frary’s work since the artist’s death in 2005, and focuses on the strength of the artist’s formalism.Through Feb. 16“Texas Art Seen” 1909-1959Seventy rarely publicly exhibited early- to mid-twentieth century paintings from private and public collections reveal how artists across the state portrayed the people and places of Texas, and how we see Texas through their art.Through Apr. 3“Texas Photographers from the Alice and Bill Wright Photography Collection” This inaugural exhibition of the new Wright Photography Gallery features iconic images from important Texas photographers, all from the museum’s Wright Photography Collection.The Center for Contemporary Arts ~ 220 Cypress St. ~ 325-677-8389 ~ Showcasing contemporary art, sculpture and photography ~ FreeDec. 3 through Jan 30Texas Photographic Society, National Juried Competition Through Dec. 23“Black and White” Artist Member Group Exhibit Through Dec. 302nd Annual Intercollegiate Student Art Competition Exhibit24fps Short Film + Video Competition ExhibitFrontier Texas! ~ 625 N. 1st ~ 325-437-2800 ~ The dramatic story of the Old West like you’ve never seen before! Legends • History• Adventure ~ AdmissionThrough Dec. 31“The Guns That Won the West”from the Fort Phantom Hill Foundation Collection – Over 70 firearms are on display, grouped by military, lawmen and hunting useNational Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature ~ 102 Cedar ~ 325-673-4586 ~ FreeThrough Feb. 12Bravo! Chris RaschkaRaschka, a trained violist, is one of the country’s finest children’s book author-illustrators. He won the Caldecott in 2006 for “Hello, Goodbye Window.” His book “Yo! Yes?”, a Caldecott Honor Book, was named by the School Library Journal as one of its 100 Books that Shaped the Century.ACU-Cockerell Gallery ~ 1133 N. 2nd ~ 325-674-2085Operated by the Department of Art & Design at Abilene Christian University, the gallery emphasizes contemporary ideas and creative expression in a variety of artistic mediums. Free.Through Dec 3BCAA Juried CompetitionExhibit showcasing the winners in this annual competition hosted by the Big Country Association. Dec. 1st Jazz Night at Monk’s Featuring ACU Jazz CombosMonk’s Coffee Shop, 233 Cypress8:30 to 10 p.m.Free325-437-2984, MonksDec. 3rd — Dec.5th Polk Key City Invitational Girls Basketball Classic Hardin-Simmons University325-670-1470, Corrie ReedDec. 3rd — Dec. 24th 19th-Annual Christmas Lane Lighted outdoor Christmas displays as well as an indoor display that includes animated dolls and figures. Photos with Santa – $3 or call the North Pole for free!Abilene State School, 2501 Maple6 to 10 p.m.Free!325-795-3547, State SchoolDec. 3rd Abilene Cultural Affairs Council and Celebrity Attractions presents the Best of Broadway “The Ten Tenors – Holiday Show” Abilene Civic Center7:30 p.m.Admission: TBA800-869-1451, Celebrity AttractionsWeb Site: http://www.celebrityattractions.com Dec. 3rd — Dec. 5th “Alice in Wonderland” This play, base on the classic story by Lewis Carroll, invites you to join Alice through her trip down the rabbit hole and meet classic characters such as The Mad Hatter, The Red Queen and the Caterpillar. Hardin-Simmons University, Van Ellis Theatre3rd & 4th – 8 p.m.5th: 2 p.m., preceded by the Mad Hatter’s Texas Party at 12:45 p.m. $8Play Only: $5-Adults, $3-Students, Sr. Citizens, Military and Ages 5 and up; Free-HSU faculty, staff and students.325-670-1405, Box OfficeWeb Site: http://www.hsutx.edu/academics/music_art/theatre/eventlist.php Dec. 5th Seniors Team Roping Taylor County Expo Center, Horse Barn325-677-3476, Expo CenterDec. 5th Dec. 6th USTA Championship Junior Major Zone Tennis Tournament Rose Park Tennis Center, 810 Portland325-676-6292, Tennis CenterDec. 5th — Dec. 6th Silver Spur Gun & Blade Sale A grand selection of new and used guns, ammo, acces, holsters, books, hobby tools, collectibles, jewelry and much, much more!Taylor County Expo Center, Display BuildingSat.—9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun.—10 a.m. to 4 p.m.$5—Adults; Free—Ages 12 and younger806-253-1322, Kim SansomWeb Site: http://silverspurgunshows.com Dec. 5th “Christmas Celebration V” Abilene Philharmonic Pops Concert Abilene Civic Center3 and 8 p.m.$12-$35 per person325-677-6710, PhilharmonicWeb Site: http://www.abilenephilharmonic.org Dec. 6th National Barrel Horse Association District 9 Taylor County Expo Center, Horse Barn325-677-4376, ExpoDec. 8th Jazz Night at Monk’s Featuring ACU Jazz CombosMonk’s Coffee Shop, 233 Cypress8:30 to 10 p.m.Free325-437-2984, MonksDec. 8th H-E-B Food Stores Feast of Sharing Community Dinner Abilene Civic Center4 to 8 p.m.Free325-690-5030, Mindy HuddlestonDec. 10th Abilene Community Band Annual Christmas Concert Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress7:30 p.m.Free325-695-0674, Ken Lenoir325-676-9620, ParamountDec. 10th ArtWalk “City Lights” Bring the entire family to historic downtown where restaurants, shops, museums, galleries, and entertainment await you!5-8:30 p.m.Free325-677-8389, Center for Contemporary ArtsWeb Site: http://www.center-arts.com Dec. 10th — Nov. 12th Wylie Independent School District Catclaw Invitational Basketball Tournament Wylie High School325-690-1181 x 2011, Coach Tri DanleyDec. 11th — Dec. 13th “Celebrate the Wonder” 26th Annual Living Christmas Tree Presented by Wylie Baptist Church Music MinistryWylie Baptist Church, 6097 Buffalo Gap Rd.11th—7:30 p.m.; 12th & 13th—5 and 7:30 p.m.Free; Advance tickets requested325-692-3206, Wylie Baptist Church Dec. 11th — Dec. 12th “White Christmas” Paramount Film Series This tuneful Christmas classic stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen.Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress11th—7:30 p.m. and 12th—2 and 7:30 p.m.Adults: $6Student/Sr./Military/Child: $5325-676-9620, Box OfficeWeb Site: http://www.paramount-abilene.org Dec. 12th Chautauqua Learning Series Based on the Chautauqua movement which spread throughout the rural United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries providing educational lectures and entertainment for average Americans before the advent of mass media like radio and television. The Texas Frontier Heritage and Cultural Center™ is proud to continue the spirit of that tradition.Buffalo Gap Historic Village133 N. William—Buffalo Gap, TX11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.$7 per person; Free for members325-572-3365, Historic VillageWeb Site: http://www.buffalogap.com Dec. 12th Downtown Dayz Shops • Museums • Food • Art • Music • Movies • Tourspresented by the Abilene Downtown Association10 a.m. to ?Historic Downtown Abilene325-672-9696, Carol and Glenn DromgooleWeb Site: http://www.abilenedowntown.com Dec. 16th — Dec. 17th Original Team Roping Association Taylor County Expo Center, Horse Barn325-677-4376, Expo CenterDec. 19th — Dec. 21st Texas State 4-H Youth Reining Clinic Taylor County Expo Center325-677-4376, Expo CenterDec. 19th Live at the Paramount presents “Johnny D and the Rocket 88s” in Concert During the past 25 years, have performed their brand of zany nostalgia and fast-paced medleys for millions of people across the U.S. Sponsored by the Paramount Theatre and KACU, Abilene Public Radio.Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St.7:30 p.m.$35; $30; $24; $17325-676-9620, Paramount TheatreWeb Site: http://www.paramount-abilene.org Dec. 19th The Moscow Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” Abilene Civic Center3:30 p.m.$37.50 to $99325-676-2556, Civic CenterWeb Site: http://www.nutcracker.com/Tickets.php?state=TX Dec. 20th Military Appreciation Day Buffalo Gap Historic Village133 N. William—Buffalo Gap, TXNoon – 5 p.m.Free with military ID325-572-3365, Historic VillageDec. 31st “An American In Paris” Paramount Film Series Spectacular George Gershwin musical starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress7:30 p.m.Adults: $6Student/Sr./Military/Child: $5325-676-9620, Box OfficeWeb Site: http://www.paramount-abilene.org