Times-Tribune Staff Report
Musical entertainment, door prizes and the chance to meet local artisans and authors are among the offerings during Corbin Public Library’s Open House Friday.
The open house, held from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., is a “Christmas Gift to Everyone” made possible by Friends of the Library, along with the library trustees and staff.
Santa will be on hand throughout the day to hear children’s Christmas wishes. Those who talk to Santa can have a picture made to take home.
Every two hours, a drawing will be held for door prizes — though you must be present to win — and refreshments will be provided.
In the Children’s Library, staff member Dee Malloy will teach children to make edible Christmas ornaments which — if not immediately eaten — can be taken home to brighten a tree.
Adults can learn to make a Christmas craft, candy, how to do an art technique and how to grow and craft gourds.
Several local authors and artisans will offer their products for those seeking unique holiday gifts.
The authors, who will discuss and sign their books, include Teresa Reasor, Ron Evans, Bob Terrell, Sandra Wolff, Elsie Jackson and Tonya Moreland.
Artisans who will display their crafts include Teresa Reasor, a local author and artisan, who will also teach a class between 11 a.m. and noon for anyone who wants to learn how to quill — an easy and useful craft, library sources said. Artist Barbara Willingham, a lifelong local resident, will be at the Open House throughout the day offering her prints and note cards for sale. She will also teach a class, “Introduction to Realistic Drawing.”
Sharon Pace, a local crafter, will be on hand starting at 1 p.m. with her wreaths and decorations for the home. From 3 to 4 p.m., she will demonstrate the craft of wreath-making.
Whitley County Master Gardener Wendal Mitchell will teach a class on gourd care and crafting from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. He will tell how to prepare gourds so they will last many years, and he will also share several ideas for crafting gourds.
Whitley County Extension Agent Matti Daniels will teach Christmas Candy Making at 6 p.m.
Live Christmas music will be provided during the event. Local musicians sharing their talents include Gary Baxter of Gibson’s Music Co., who will entertain by sharing Christmas music on his guitar between 11 a.m. and noon, Zac Hart, a Corbin High School freshman who recently appeared as a finalist on the Katie Couric Show, will share Christmas songs with those in the library between 3:30 and 4:15 p.m., and Brooke Way, a Corbin junior, will play Christmas music on her violins and will sing for everyone between 4:15 and 5 p.m.
Winners of the library’s Art Contest will be announced at 5 p.m. and awarded prizes.
Door prizes, refreshments, materials needed for classes, and prizes for the art contest winners will be supplied by Friends of the Corbin Library.
Times-Tribune Staff Report
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