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Parade & Tree Lighting

Richmond's Main Street welcomes the Christmas season on Friday, December 4th. Mayor Hutton & Mayor-elect Snow will light the tree at the City Building at 6pm, then at 7pm the parade steps off from 6th and Main St. and travels east to 10th St. Along the way they'll pass boutiques and one-of-a-kind specialty stores.

Graphic: Santa and the Cambridge City Winter Wonderland

Model T Museum

Unique Model T creations, like the snowmobile pictured above, are among the collection of the Model T Museum at 309 North 8th Street in Richmond. Antique car buffs will marvel at the variety of creations that used the Model T chassis and/or engine. Admission is only $3 and children 12 & under are free!

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Richmond Power & Light

When you're out enjoying all the beautiful holiday displays, take a moment to think about the hard working men and women at RP & L that help keep the lights on! Visit the Richmond Power & Light website for tips on ways to save energy, electrical safety, outage notices and street light information.

What's Happening in Wayne County?

Old Fashioned Christmas Festival in Richmond's Historic Depot District

Juggling GiantOn Tuesday, December 1, 8 and 15 get into the holiday spirit during the Old Fashioned Christmas Festival in the Depot District in Richmond, Indiana. Merchants along Fort Wayne Avenue, North E Street and North 10th Street bring the Christmas spirit alive with special attractions and events. With lights, live reindeer, Christmas carolers, Christmas characters, yummy food and rides on a horse-drawn carriage or English double-decker bus, there's something for everyone in the family. Don't miss the Winter Wonderland on the third floor of the Richmond Furniture Gallery, with trains you can watch and there's even one for the kids to ride on! Activities from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 765.939.3325.

Deck the Halls Artisan Trail - December 4-6

Scott Shafer, Potter The Deck the Halls Artisan & Cultural Trail will take place Friday through Sunday, December 4-6. The trail highlights many talented artisans scattered throughout the beautiful landscapes of Wayne County. Along the trail, you'll find local artisan studios, local store open houses and retail galleries featuring one-of-a-kind wares perfect for gift giving. Maybe you'll even find something for yourself! Support our local economy and a unique, thriving community of businesses. Holiday events and entertainment can also be found along the trail to get you into the holiday spirit! Stop by the Old National Road Welcome Center, 5701 National Road East, Richmond, for a brochure with a full listing of all participating businesses!

Victorian Christmas Dinner - Thursday, December 3rd

Quaker Hill Conference CenterMake your reservations soon for the Quaker Hill Conference Center's Christmas Victorian Dinner on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:00 p.m. The Evans House will be decorated for the holidays and the staff will be ready to serve you a five course meal. The staff will be attired in period dress, dulcimer musicians will add atmosphere with traditional Christmas songs, and the food is always excellent! Reservations are required, call 765.962.5741 to make your reservation. $40 per person.

Hagerstown Hometown Christmas - Saturday, December 5th

Photo: Hagerstown Square Enjoy an old-fashioned hometown Christmas experience in Hagerstown on Saturday, December 5th. Activities include carriage rides, carolers, a cookie walk, photos with Santa and more! For more information, call 765.969.3121.

Javanese Gamelan Concert at Earlham College - Friday, Dec. 4th at 7:30 p.m.

Gamelan orchestral instrumentsThe Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, which includes a variety of tuned percussion as well as other instruments and vocals, performs a concert of mostly traditional Javanese music and dance, led by visiting artist-in-residence Heri Purwanto. Come experience the scintillating sights and sounds of these magnificent instruments. This free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lingle Recital Hall, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Earlham College, 801 National Road West, Richmond. For more information, call 765.983.1474.

Richmond Jazz Orchestra Concert at MRL on Wednesday, December 2nd

La Rochelle - 2015You'll be "Getting' Jazzy" and in the holiday mood during the concert by the Richmond Jazz Orchestra at Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond on Wednesday, December 2nd at 6:30 p.m. Free! For more information, call 765.966.8291.

Frostbite 5K - Saturday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m.

Logo: Frostbite 5KFor the area's runners, it is the last chance to be able to compete in the last race in the Wayne County Challenge, bringing to an end the year's eight 5K race commitment. For the walkers, it's a 5K like no other. The Frostbite 5K begins near twilight in Glen Miller Park, setting the scene for a beautiful evening run through the park as thousands of luminaries light the way. Packet pickup and registration begins at 3:45 p.m., race starts on the west side of the lake at 5:00 p.m. Entry fee is $25/person. For more information, call 765.983.7426.

Celebration of Lights - Glen Miller Park - Saturday, Dec. 5th

Graphic: Celebration of LightsBring the family out for a magical stroll through Glen Miller Park on Saturday, December 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The park road will be lined with thousands of luminaries. Enjoy free carriage rides around the lake, seasonal music and a visit from Santa Claus! Hot chocolate will be available to purchase, as will a printed photo with Santa. For more information, call 765.983.7426.

Alternative Gift Fair - December 5th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Graphic: Alternative Gift FairInstead of browsing shelves, at the Alternative Gift Fair shoppers browse tables of meaningful gifts from their favorite local non-profits and charities. Your donation will purchase an outdoor educational experience for a child, building supplies for low-income housing, or food for the hungry. Gifts come complete with a personalized certificate of donation, information about the cause of the non-profit, and a reusable bag. Avoid the stressful crowds and enjoy a relaxing shopping experience by simplifying the holidays and giving meaningful gifts this season. Held in the Bard Room at Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 765.935.6516.

Local Authors Sign Their Work at Two Area Locations

Morrisson-Reeves LibraryMorrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond will hold their first ever Local Author's Fair on Saturday, December 5th from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. Meet a variety of local authors to hear their stories as well as have the opportunity to purchase their books. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. you can also meet local author Mary Lou Griffey and Duane Hodgin at the Old National Road Welcome Center, 5701 National Road East, Richmond to talk to them about their new book, "Devils' Tales".

Favorite Toys of Christmas Past: Star Wars Edition

Star Wars: Original Figures Group #1Adults only are invited to revisit their childhood at the Wayne County Historical Museum during their "Favorite Toys of Christmas Past: Star Wars Edition" for one night only - Saturday, December 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Grab your crew for a fun evening as you are encouraged to dress in costume to enjoy the displays!

Did you hear that? They shut down the main reactor. We'll be destroyed for sure. ...Kids are invited to enjoy the display in costume on Sunday, December 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as this family-friendly program will include Jedi training, great displays and much more! The Museum is located at 1150 North A Street, Richmond. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for students 6-18. Children under 6 are free!

Concert by Earlham Symphony Orchestra - Saturday, December 5th

Center for the Performing and Visual ArtsIn the world of concert hall music, none is less representative of gender equality than that of orchestral music. The Earlham Symphony Orchestra seeks to improve on this situation through a concert by women, many of who struggled, or continue to struggle, to get their voice heard during their lifetimes. Works will feature composers such as Louise Farrenc, Amy Beach, Cécile Chaminade, Germaine Tailleferre , Judith Wier and Libby Larsen. Held in the Lingle Recital Hall, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Earlham College, 801 National Road West, Richmond. Free. For more information, call 765.983.1474.

Richmond Symphony Orchestra Presents "The Music of John Williams"

Logo: Richmond Symphony OrchestraThe most honored film composer in history, John Williams has been thrilling movie audiences for over half a century, from his 1958 score for "Daddy-O" to the much anticipated "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," to be released at Christmas this year. The concert opens with the famed "Olympic Fanfare," then visits "Jaws," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Summon the Heroes," "Dry Your Tears, Afrika," "1941," and — yes — his stirring music from "Star Wars." Tickets are sold out for this outstanding show, but you can request to have your name put on the waiting list by calling the box office at 765.966.5181.


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Richmond was once known as "the lawnmower capital" because of the lawn mowers manufactured here from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. Manufacturers included Motomower, Dille-McGuire and F&N.