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How to Photograph Christmas Lights
Normally when we talk about balancing light on Strobist, it usually means balancing ambient with flash. But getting good photos of holiday lights involves a different kind of light balancing: Continuous ambient with fading ambient.
You don't need a high-end camera for great results. You can use a very inexpensive digital camera and do just fine. You don't even need flash. It all comes down to what time of the day you shoot. And a couple of other little tricks. Read on at Strobist...
If you have skill, or luck... send your photos HERE and Loveland Magazine will share your photos with the community.
Recycle holiday lights instead of throwing them in the trash
Have your holiday lights lost their twinkle? Drop off broken or unwanted lights at any Great Parks visitor center between December 10, 2014, and January 11, 2015.
Recycling holiday lights instead of throwing them in the trash keeps them out of landfills and gives them a new life. As part of its mission of conservation, Great Parks of Hamilton County is offering six convenient drop-off locations to the public. The lights are collected and recycled by Great Parks’ current contractor for metal recycling.
Marked bins are available at:
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve: Ellenwood Nature Barn
3455 Poole Road Cincinnati, OH 45239
Glenwood Gardens: Cotswold Visitor Center
10397 Springfield Pike Cincinnati, OH 45215
Miami Whitewater Forest: Visitor Center
9001 Mt. Hope Road Harrison, OH 45030
Sharon Woods: Sharon Centre
11450 Lebanon Road Sharonville, OH 45241
Winton Woods: Winton Centre
10245 Winton Road Cincinnati, OH 45231
Woodland Mound: Seasongood Nature Center
8250 Old Kellogg Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45255
A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks. Armleder and Fernbank Parks are cooperative ventures with the Cincinnati Park Board; a Motor Vehicle Permit is not required.
For additional information, please visit greatparks.org or call 513-521-7275. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to find out more about what’s happening at the parks!
Christmas Eve Service at the Nativity in Historic Downtown Loveland
How to get rich this Christmas by Rev. Dr. Stephen Swisher
Loveland, Ohio holiday trash collection
Loveland, Oh. - Around the holidays, residents can expect a shift in the trash pick-up schedule provided by Rumpke. Trash is not collected on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, so all other trash days are moved back one day.
Customers with service on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will not be affected by Christmas Day. Waste and recycling service will not occur on Thursday, December 25, and collection will be delayed one day for the rest of the week following Christmas Day.
For example, if your trash would normally be picked up on Thursday of next week, then it will now be collected on Friday, while pick-up normally scheduled for Friday will be collected on Saturday.
The same schedule will apply the week of December 29, 2014 – January 3, 2015 for New Year’s Day. The normal schedule will return beginning the week of January 5.
Christmas Break: Perfect time to prepare auditions for the Hold On Talent Slam
Loveland, Oh. - The Christmas break from school is the perfect time to practice and prepare auditions for the third, Hold On Talent Slam, coming March 7, 2015. Teens can showcase their performing art in the only local competition that offers cold hard cash, and plenty of it, just for the pure fun of guests witnessing the incredible talent that is the passion of area youth. In it's first two years, $7,000.00 was awarded in prize money. As in the past, first place winners will receive the top prize award of $1,000.00 and every contestant chosen to hit the big stage will receive a cash award.
Ricky Mulvey will return for his third year as emcee, and the talent will be judged by an expert panel of Eta-Omicron Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Teens or their parents can inquirer about how to audition by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The audition deadline is Monday, February 9.
To see the marvelous talent competing in the first two Hold On Talent Slams you can watch these two videos:
The HOLD ON Talent Slam HD Video (2013) https://bit.ly/1cIeLz7
Who won the 2014 Hold On Talent Slam? https://bit.ly/OwZyrh
Please forward this story to those teens you know are passionate about their performing art and would like to have the opportunity to perform on the big stage.
"The Real Santa Clause" according to Pastor Swisher
Yes! He was real! The real deal!
This is last week's sermon message from Rev. Dr. Stephen Swisher at Epiphany United Methodist Church.
About Rev. Dr. Stephen Swisher
Rev. Dr. Stephen Swisher, the Senior Pastor at Epiphany United Methodist Church, is a third generation United Methodist leader. He has pastored congregations of every size from small, medium, county seat, regional and large membership Churches. He holds advanced Theological degrees including the Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Sacred Letters. He is an ordained Elder in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Swisher is a frequent resource person for Districts and Conferences across the Denomination on the subjects of Church growth, Clergy effectiveness and Media outreach. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and an Adjunct Faculty member in Preaching and Leadership at United Theological Seminary. Sswisher@epiphanyumc.org.
Christmas Services at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Christmas Services at New Hope
Epiphany Christmas Services
Bring the whole family to enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful Greek-Revival mansion, which is professionally decorated for the holidays. The theme this year is "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Christmas at Glendower...
Whistle Stop ClayWorks continues their Christmas in Loveland tradition
5th Annual Raku Firing and Ornament Painting
Loveland, Ohio - Last year Whistle Stop ClayWorks offered their first commemorative ornament in a train ornament series. “We introduce a new ornament each December during the Christmas in Loveland celebration. The train series, which celebrates Loveland’s rich railway
history, is fun for both adults and children to collect“, said Kay Bolin O’Grady, co-owner. “2013 featured the train engine. This year we will have the boxcar available and next year’s ornament will be the caboose.”
Also, ClayWorks started the "glaze your own" complimentary handmade ornament in 2010 during their first year of operation. The first year 150 ornaments were distributed to patrons, that number will increase to 700 ornaments for 2014.
“Please come and take part in the painting, fire and fun. You can paint a free ornament, watch the fiery action while warming up at the blazing bonfire, or relax inside the studio and gallery, said Bolin O’Grady. “Remember to come early as there are a limited number of ornaments, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.” She recommends you come between 3:30 and 5:30 PM to glaze your ornament and insure its spot in the kiln.”
Tim O’Grady, co-owner of ClayWorks, said, “Raku is a unique rapid and spontaneous method of glazing and firing clay which was created in Japan in the 16th century.” The ceramic work is quickly heated to 1820°F in about 45 minutes, removed glowing-red with tongs and placed in a barrel of combustibles such as paper or sawdust. “The pieces are then quenched in water and cleaned to expose the beautiful results of the process. Who can resist seeing this first hand?”, said Tim O’Grady
“There will also be plenty of one of kind handmade gifts, by local clay artists, in the gallery and gift certificates are also available for the budding artist on your list, “ said Kay Bolin O’Grady.
For more information, call 513-683-CLAY (2529) or visit website .
Christmas in Loveland is Saturday, December 13th, 4 until 9 PM and the estimated times for unloading the kilns are: 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30 and 8:00 PM.
Winter Solstice Celebration at Cincinnati Nature Center
- Enjoy Celtic music and dancing with the band Dark Moll
- Hike to campfires
- Take a horse-drawn carriage ride
- Join a drumming circle
- Participate in a Nature PlayScape scavenger hunt
- Make a scarf
- Feel the warmth and cheer inside the Krippendorf Lodge
- Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate
ENTER A SUBMISSION INTO A GINGERBREAD CONTEST!All submissions must be nature-themed and registered ahead of time. Entries will be displayed and judged by the attendees at the event.To register your Gingerbread Creation click here.
“The Living Nativity” in Loveland & Love Came Down at Christmas a Christmas Musical
Church Location & Address:
10975 South Lebanon Road, Loveland, OH 45140. (map)
Telephone: (513) 683-1738
Love Came Down at Christmas a Christmas Musical
Presented by LUMC Chancel Choir and Orchestral Ensemble
9:00 and 10:30 AM
Christmas in Loveland
4 until 9 PM, December 13, in Historic Downtown Loveland. MORE INFO
13 Days of Christmas in Loveland
- Many Loveland businesses have come together to offer you THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS. Each day beginning December 1 through December 12. A list of all the special events and activities is listed on www.lovelandchamber.org
- 5K Run/Walk (Click here to Register)
- Holiday Parade from Shopper's Haven to Downtown Loveland (Click here to Register)
- Horse drawn carriages
- Hand decorated ornaments and annual Raku firing at Whistle Stop ClayWorks.
- Children's polar express train to see Santa
Live Nativity Scene courtesy of New Hope Baptist Church
- Snowball fight with Scrooge
- The Loveland Stage Company presents "Home for the Holidays" a one/haf hour variety show with singing and dancing.
- Christmas carolers and choirs
- Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum will be decorared for a Victorian Christmas including a large collection of Creche Scenes from Grailville, several model trains, a collection of Santa's, and more! There will also be music, refreshments, gift shop open, and children's crafts in the log cabin. Catch an Express Horse Drawn Carriage.
- Pizazz Elves will be offering face painting and a snowman ornament craft
- Tano Bistro will provide White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding and offering a spend $100 on gift cards, get $20
- Wassel, cookies
- Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
- Hot chocolate and apple cider
- Torch lit bridge
... and more!
Tis the season for Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods
Enjoy more than a mile of fantastic seasonal lights all from the warmth of your car. See more than 120 moving and standing holiday-themed figures depicting everything from Santa to the 12 Days of Christmas.
Holiday in Lights kicks off at Sharon Woods on Friday, November 21 at 6 p.m. The fun continues on Saturday evening with a sold-out 5K race and throughout the month of December.
Holiday in Lights
November 21-December 31, 2014
Sunday-Thursday, 6-9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 6-10 p.m.
$13 per car
$45 for buses & 15-passenger vans
Nov 21-23 & Nov 28-Dec 23, 2014
Sunday-Thursday, 6-9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 6-10 p.m.
Enjoy live family friendly entertainment, have your photo taken while sharing your wish list with Santa, check out the train display, do some holiday shopping at Nature's Niche and pick up a sweet treat at Mrs. Claus' Confectionaries. Learn More
The Christmas Ranch in Morrow
A whimsical place with 1 Million dancing Christmas Lights synchronized to holiday music
"Truly an old fashioned family experience."
Open November 28, 2014
Through December 31, 2014
Starts the day after Thanksgiving, November 28th through December 31st.
Sunday through Thursday – 5:00 PM to 9:00PM
Friday and Saturday – 5:00PM to 10:00PM
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to be with our families.
Directions to The Christmas Ranch
Located just north of the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area at 3205 S. Waynesville Road in Morrow, Ohio 45152.
ballet tech of ohio Kicks Off the Holiday Season with The Nutcracker at Little Miami H. S.
by Mary Ward
Claudia Rudolf Barrett’s ballet tech of ohio (bto) will present The Nutcracker on Saturday, November 22, 2014 with performances at 2 PM and 7:30 PM. The shows, which are open to the public and present a wonderful ballet experience for the entire family, will take place at Little Miami High School, 3001 East US 22, Morrow, Ohio 45152.
This Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky's wonderful and timeless music, features guest artists of the Cincinnati Ballet Company (CBC) including Cervilio Amador, principal dancer, Julio Concepcion and Sergei Pakahrev, formerly of the CBC who will all be performing with the talented, award-winning dancers of bto.
An enchanting holiday story that speaks to the child in all of us, this Nutcracker is a slightly abbreviated, child friendly version that brings to life the magical characters that every young dancer enjoys performing and of which audiences never seem to tire! David and Karen Hunter of Milford, Ohio return to perform the roles of the Christmas party hosts, Mayor and Mrs. Silberhaus.
Clara, Fritz, their magical Uncle Herr Drosselmeyer, the growing Christmas tree, the battle between the Nutcracker, Mouse King, soldiers and mice, the Snow Queen and King in the Land of Snow, Peppermint Candies, Mother Ginger and her Ginger Kids, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier never fail to delight young and old alike - a holiday show not to be missed!
Tickets are $15 for adults; and, $10 for seniors (60+) and children/students (ages 3 through 18). To purchase tickets:
- Call 513/683-6860 with Visa, American Express, Discover or MasterCard.
- Visit ballet tech of ohio located at 7623 Old 3C Highway, Maineville, Ohio 45039.
- Purchase (cash or check only) at the door one hour prior to each performance.
PLEASE NOTE: A reserve date of November 23 is on hold in the event of inclement weather. Go to www.ballettechohio.org or the bto Facebook page for performance updates.
Hometown Holidays in Downtown Milford
Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Festival
The Parade is coming! The Parade is coming! Only 19 days left until the largest one day festival in Southern Ohio. Two spectacular horse drawn carriage parades, a variety of entertainment and demonstrations, numerous food and craft vendors and all of the cities shops and eateries await you.
Celebrate Advent with the Grailville International Crèche Collection
Beauty, Art, Community, and the Divine. Each a unique expression of the hopeful joy within the Christmas story.
In 1944 Grailville’s founder, Lydwine Van Kersbergen, focused on how exquisite pieces of art impacted the daily life and the prayer life of the women living at Grailville for the Year School. From this sprang the liturgical art program and the crèche became a Grailville tradition.
Selected scenes from the Grailville International Crèche Collection are now on display at the Greater Loveland Historical Society Museum, 201 Riverside Drive, Loveland, OH. The Museum is open 1-4pm Saturdays and Sundays; admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested.
Deirdre Dyson's show opens Friday at Xavier
Breakfast with Santa at Epiphany on December 6
All are welcome on December 6 from 9 until 11 AM when Santa gets to spend some time with your children at Epiphany United Methodist Church. His elves will be serving pancaks, sausage, and coffee.
If you bring your camera you can "selfi" Santa, or capture him with your child as he double-checks his "list".
Miami Township Christmas tree lighting and open house
TREE LIGHTING & OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, DEC 6 • 3:30-5:30 pm
Miami Township Civic Center
Bring your whole family, this Saturday DEC 6, to enjoy a fun filled FREE event. Children can visit with Santa, decorate cookies, have their face painted and make holiday crafts. There will also be carriage rides, live music and the Miami Township Tree will be lit at 5:15 pm.
Krohn Conservatory Holiday Show 2014 Magic and Mistletoe
All Aboard for the holiday show at Krohn!
Floral Show Delights
Fantastic Train and Historical Botanical Architecture
Adults $7.00 Children $4.00 (4 and under free) DOWNLOAD YOUR $1 OFF COUPON
Krohn Holiday Programs
Going Green for the Holidays “Be Crafty”
Going Green for the Holidays “Be Healthy & Be Happy!”
The Krohn Zone Presents: Holiday Foods with Chef Ursula
Ten Reeds - An ensemble group from the UC College-Conservatory of Music
The Krohn Zone Presents: The Evergreen Advisor plus Holiday Flower Tips
St. Theresa Brass
Krohn by Candlelight
Santa Visits Krohn
The Blessed Sacrament Handbell Choir
Henri : A Book Signing by Jinny Berten
Dulcimer Performance - Sponsored Cincinnati Dulcimer Society
End of Show Sale