By Cody Willoughby
TROY — The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center will be opening the doors for its annual holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3, from 1-5 p.m. on both days. The event is free to the public with refreshments provided.
“The theme this year is “The Carols of Christmas,” said David Wion, assistant director at Hayner.
“We’ve taken it a step further this year by adding the Christmas carol sing-along, so we’re incorporating events other than just the decorations into the theme. The building is decorated for carols, and we’ll actually be performing the carols, too.”
Saturday, per the tradition, is “Children’s Day,” and will offer a number of activities geared toward younger attendants.
“We’ll offer a variety of art activities in the East Room and the art studio,” said Linda Lee Jolly, executive director at Hayner. “Santa will be here, and we’ll call names in groups for kids to get in line to meet Santa. In the meantime, there will be plenty of crafts and activities for kids and their parents to do together.”
Santa Claus will be at the event beginning at 2:30 p.m, and East Room crafts will be accompanied by piano music from Suzie Kalmar.
In the facility’s third-floor ballroom, a demonstration from the Ballet Shreffler Dance Company will be performed at 1 p.m., followed by the Madcap Puppet Theatre’s performance of “Madcap Christmas Carol” at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Free tickets can be obtained on a first-come-first-serve basis at the front desk beginning at 9 a.m.
Sunday marks the grand opening with a medley of performances that will span the four-hour event.
The Troy Tones, Troy High School’s pop A Cappella group, will be singing from 1-1:30 p.m.
Trio Elegiaque, a celli and piano group featuring members Elizabeth Shinn, Tara Mar, and David Zelmon, will perform from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Chris Aldridge of Trojan City Music will perform guitar and ukulele with students Jillian Winner, Jaden Johnston, Emma Preston, and Samantha Williams from 2:30-3 p.m.
Clockwork Wizards, featuring Matt Clevenger, Katie Clevenger, Ivan Clevenger, and Jayden Fisher, will perform experimental reggae and blues stylings from 3-3:30 p.m.
Administrative assistant Rachael Boezi, a mezzo soprano affiliated with Dayton Opera, will perform with piano accompaniment from David Wion from 3:30-4 p.m.
Cody Madonna will perform acoustic guitar from 4-4:30 p.m.
The Cantus Familiae will close out the performances with a series of advent and Christmas songs from 4:30-5 p.m.
The annual open house event has become a proud tradition for the staff at Hayner.
“Our doors first opened to the public as a cultural center in 1976, and it was for a holiday open house,” Jolly said. “Before that, the building had been used as Troy’s public library. When the levy passed, they began to renovate the building and offered a first look to the community on the first weekend of December. That year, they had one tree in the solarium and offered refreshments. Now we’re in our 41st year, and this tradition has grown from that one tree into a two-day event.”
The event is made possible by local sponsors and residents of Troy.
For more information on holiday events at Hayner, visit www.troyhayner.org.