Holiday Open Houses are a great time to appreciate and share your local art galleries with friends and family. Two open houses are coming up this weekend! Local Color Art Gallery & Studio will host their Christmas Open House on Friday, followed by Spiva Center for the Arts Open House on Saturday. Both have discounted items, friendly faces, and holiday cheer! Read below for details on each event…

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio Christmas Open House
Fri, Dec. 12 | 5:30–9pm
Join Local Color Artists in celebrating the Christmas Season at their Christmas Open House! Special guest and international silversmith, Laura Wandry, will be at the gallery. Laura was a former student of local artist Jim Bray at Phillips University in Oklahoma. In addition, all Local Color Artists – April Davis, Camille Turner, Donna Roberts, Jack & Sallie Divine, Jeffrey Jones, Jesse McCormick, John Mills, Margie Moss, Mark Strayer, Paula Giltner, Peggy Lierheimer, Percilla Penner, Steve Doerr, Steve Henton, Sue Dixon, Sylvia Trout and Tricia Courtney – will be on hand to proudly present their finest work. 20%-off all items!

Spiva Center for the Arts Open House
Sat, Dec. 13 | 10am–5pm
All Spiva gift shop items will be 10% off for the entire day. Time to buy those last minute Christmas gifts!

Looking to gift an arts experience? Try a class at Phoenix Fired Art, Spiva, Local Color, RSVPaint, or Firehouse Pottery.
Looking to gift art made by locals? Try Spiva, Local Color, Phoenix Fired Art, Mosaics Art Gallery, Post Memorial Art Reference Library, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, the Joplin Chamber of Commerce, Wayside Furniture, or any other business that exhibits and sells local artwork. [spacer height=”0px”]


It’s here! Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. (HMP)’s 5th Annual DickensFest! This year, this wonderful family-friendly event will be held in and around the Scottish Rite Cathedral at 505 South Byers Avenue, the John Wise Mansion at 504 South Byers Avenue, and Joplin’s residential historic district. Click here for a complete listing of all festivities to be held throughout this three-day festival (Fri–Sat, Dec. 12–14).

FRIDAY (December 12) is a ticketed event
This event will feature a grand reception fundraiser in the Tea Room at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Festivities include a hors d’ oeuvre buffet, drinks, a variety of Joplin’s finest entertainers, and tour of the historic Scottish Rite Cathedral. Tickets to the Friday night reception are $15 per person and are available online or at the door.

Tour the historic Scottish Rite Cathedral as well as the John Wise Mansion across the street. Check out the craft vendors, holidays lights, carolers, and more! Experience a series of short (family friendly) performances inside the Scottish Rite Cathedral’s majestic concert hall by Briley Performing Arts Company, Karen’s Dance Studio, Missouri Shakespeare Festival, Midwest Regional Ballet Company & School and more! For a full lineup of performances and festivities click here. [spacer height=”0px”]


December always offers a myriad of holiday performances! Make sure you check out the list below and plan accordingly…

10154027_10152850570483582_6646291801702615780_nThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Wed–Sun | December 10–14 | 7:30pm (Sun at 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book and has become a holiday staple for theatres across the United States. It features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas carols and a lot of laughs! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever was last presented on the JLT stage in 2006 and received very enthusiastic responses. Tickets may be purchased at the JLT box office or online at www.joplinlittletheatre.org.

I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Fri & Sat, Dec. 12 & 13 at 7pm | Sun, Dec. 14 at 2pm | College Heights Worship Center
Stained Glass Theatre and College Heights Christian Church are excited to present the wonderful Christmas Musical Production, I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Set in late 1941, I’ll Be Home for Christmas is the story of a family’s faith, and a nation on the brink of World War II, preparing to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. Most of the action takes place in the main characters’ home, with the choir providing music and drama as it is broadcast over the family radio. The music highlights the sounds of the ’40s, including swing, lush ballads, and big band songs interspersed with reenactments of radio broadcasts during that time. Original music mixed with familiar Christmas favorites form the backdrop for this memorable dramatic musical. Book by Deborah Craig-Claar; music by Mark Hayes. Tickets: $5

The Heartland Concert Band
Sat, Dec. 13 | 2pm in Northpark Mall by the video arcade & Sears
Music will include traditional Christmas selections, songs from Frozen and performances by flute quartet, saxophone quartet and brass ensembles. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Director, Vicki Mays at 417-649-6159.

Annual MSSU Choral Society Christmas Concert
Sun, Dec. 14 | 3pm in the First Baptist Church – Webb City, MO
This performance  will feature John Leavitt’s Christmas Cantata, The Perfect Rose with soloists Alexin Maliszewski and Albert Johnson. The group will also perform A Festive Christmas written by Steve Potts, with narrators Gayle Tuck and LeAnn Wilson. Eleanor McLemore, the group’s piano accompanist, will present a solo entitled A Medley of Bells arranged by Bill Wolaver. The Choral Society will also present Mary Did You Know? with words by Mark Lowry and music by Buddy Greene; Joseph Hayden’s Gloria in Excelsis; from his Heiligmesse as well as the famous chorus from Handel’s Messiah, And the Glory of the Lord. No tickets are required. This program is presented as a gift to the public from the Choral Society. Free and open to the public. The 46 member mixed chorus is under the direction of Dr. Al Carnine, recently retired from MSSU after 37 years in the Music Department. Dr. Carnine founded the Choral Society in 1980 and has been its sole artistic director and conductor. For more info contact Wally Bloss: (417) 208-9654 or wbloss@gmail.com.

The Heartland Concert Band
Mon, Dec. 15 | 7pm in the lobby of Freeman West
Music will include traditional Christmas selections, songs from Frozen and performances by flute quartet, saxophone quartet and brass ensembles. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Director, Vicki Mays at 417-649-6159.

Joplin High School Christmas Show: Christmas Crisis at Mistletoe Mesa
Sat, Dec. 20 | 2:30pm at the Joplin 9/10 Campus (West 8th Street)
An interactive yuletide melodrama for kids of all ages! Imagine two people so mean they would ban Christmas, rip down all the decorations and outlaw Christmas wrapping! Well, Mama and Ebenezer Grunch do exactly that when they trick Happy Holiday into signing over the deed to the town of Mistletoe Mesa. They even kidnap Santa Claus and lock him in the outhouse, along with his eight reindeer. Tiny Kim, Mary Christmas, and Holly Bush come to the rescue and everything ends on a Happy Holiday note! Tickets are $1 for students and $2 for adults. Mrs. Claus will be available in the lobby from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to take pictures and color with the children!

For events, exhibits and classes in December, visit connect2culture.com/december-arts-2014. [spacer height=”0px”]