A daylong celebration of Wyoming’s pioneer past, booze and bacon at its first festival, a craft fair and holiday music are all set for a festive Saturday in Casper. Here is a summary, as provided to the Star-Tribune.
From Lefse and Kringle to Tea Rings and Stollen, the Women of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church will hold their annual Scandinavian Bake Sale. The doors open for this popular holiday tradition at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (basement) of the church, 318 East 6th Street, until noon or sold out. Please stay and enjoy a cinnamon roll and coffee and good conversation. The funds raised will be used for a variety of projects which have included support for homeless students, scholarships for seminary students, children’s Christmas books for the Adopt-A-Family program, and other help for those in need.
The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center’s annual “Holiday on the Homestead” event is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The celebration will feature an assortment of festive activities that connect people of all ages to America’s public lands and their natural and cultural heritage. The celebration is free and open to the public. Activities include live music, decorated Christmas trees, Dutch oven cooking, cookie decorating, a visit with Seymour the Antelope, Pony Express riders and a military encampment, among many more. Visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to benefit the local nonprofit, Wyoming Food for Thought Project.
The Central Wyoming Model Railroad Association has been invited to participate once again in the festive Holidays on the Homestead at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center during the month of December, 2018. This year will pay tribute to Wyoming: Railroad Territory. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The display will be open Saturday, and Dec. 13-15, 19-22, 26-29. The National Historic Trails Center is now free for everyone.
St. Anthony School hosts a holiday craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 1145 W. 20th St. There will be over 25 vendors, homemade cinnamon rolls and chili, and even a visit from Santa from noon to 1 p.m.
The Tate Geological Museum’s annual Holiday Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the free event, visitors will be able to meet Santasaurus, make an origami dinosaur ornament and have their mystery fossils identified through the Fossil Road Show. A new event this year will feature author Casey Rislov, who will read aloud holiday and dinosaur-themed books at 10:30 and again at 11:30 a.m. Other activities will include a make-and-take fossil cast and face painting. Cookies, punch and cider will be served, and door prizes will be given throughout the event.
The David Street Station outdoor ice skating rink is open noon to 9 p.m. The cost to skate is $5 per adult and $4 per child. If you don’t have skates, they are available to rent for $3.
The inaugural Booze and Bacon Festival is at the Casper Events Center from 1 to 5 p.m. Must be 21 or over to attend. The event will feature bacon-filled dishes from a variety of local restaurants and samples of beer and liquor from national and local reps. All samples are included with admission. VIP access begins at noon. Attendees will vote on their favorite food dish, beer and drink. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wyoming Food for Thought Project. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the show. VIP tickets are available for $75 each. VIP tickets allow for early entry, access to a special VIP area and come with a VIP lanyard and swag bag.
This month’s Fremont Family Funday hands-on workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. at Fort Caspar Museum is “make an ornament.” Participants will have the opportunity to “Make a Holiday Ornament.” There will be several festive designs from which to choose. No reservations are required and all supplies will be provided. The workshop is open to all ages and is free with museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, 4100 Casper Mountain Rd., presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” In this delightful play, humorous events unfold as the dreadful Herdman children invade the church and take over the Christmas pageant. Admission is free. Performances are Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.
Larry Neef and the Jackalope Ropers will play from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Eagles, with a break for potluck snacks after 8 p.m. and door prize drawings after 9 p.m. Admission is $5 and those under 14 are free. Come join the fun and the great music.
The 2018 Festival Choir & Orchestra Concert will begin with the Phoenix Ringers Handbell Choir playing as people gather for the 7:30 performance at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Next, there will be pieces by the Oil City Barbershop Chorus and pianist Dan Spangler. The choir and full orchestra will perform Joel Raney and Mary McDonald’s vibrant musical, “Sing Christmas.” A free will offering will be accepted.
“Around the World in 80 Days” is performed on the McMurry Mainstage at 7:30 p.m. The production is suitable for ages 5 and up. Tickets for all productions are available online at caspercollegearts.cc or by phone at 268-2500 or toll-free at 800-442-2963, ext. 2500. Tickets for each performance are $12 for adults and $10 for students aged 5 to 18.