MASON CITY — The MacNider Art Museum will host its annual holiday festivities on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10.
The two-day celebration provides winter entertainment for adults and children. All events are free, thanks to the generosity of the MacNider and Dettmer families.
The festivities begin at 5 p.m. Friday with a holiday MacNider: Off the Clock!
Area jazz pianist Sam Crosser will perform that evening, with an array of traditional jazz and holiday favorites. The night will include wine and festive hors d’oeuvres.
For the third year, members of the public will be able to sponsor a MacNider Art poster on display in the Clear Lake or Mason City schools on a rotating basis. The project features images from the MacNider’s collection, reproduced to create a 16x20-inch framed poster. Each piece is rotated in December, allowing each school to display a new image.
Each piece is sponsored by an area business or arts supporter. No tax dollars were used to create the posters. Anyone interested in sponsoring a poster should contact Edith Blanchard, director of the MacNider.
The Holiday Open House, an annual family event, will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, and the museum will be filled with children’s activities.
Young artists will be able to participate in a variety of make-and-take activities throughout the museum, including ornaments, gingerbread man puppet, mini Christmas tree and more.
Children will be able to meet with special guest Santa Claus during the event. Bring a camera for this special celebrity photo opportunity.
Children will also be able to write letters to Santa for special delivery in his mailbox. Holiday cookies and punch will be available.
Calligraphy artist Kathie Vix will again provide her services for the young artists, and Mason City Mayor Eric Bookmeyer will read " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" every hour on the hour.
The MacNider Art Museum is open throughout the holiday season, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
The museum is closed Sundays and Mondays, Christmas Eve at noon, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve at noon and New Year’s Day.