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Friday, December 6

CAST Christmas Festival

Starts at 2:00 PM

The Museum is excited to host the Crossroads Area Student Theatre Christmas Festival during the holiday season! CAST performances of “A Dickens Christmas Festival” will be held in various rooms throughout the entire Museum. Inspired by Merry Old England (with emphasis on the merry), the Museum will be filled with characters straight from the pages of the classic works of Charles Dickens. Visitors will find Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Oliver, and many more, as the following three plays will be presented at various times during the festival—Bah Humbug, The Cratchit Family, and Dickens in America. Notable characters will have collector cards to handout to any young adoring fans.  Performances are scheduled during F1rst Fr1day/Once Upon a Holiday on December 6, from 2:00-8:00 p.m., during the Museum’s annual Christmas at the Courthouse on Saturday, December 7, 12:00-4:00 p.m., and an encore presentation on Tuesday, December 10, 5:30-9:00 p.m. The best part yet is it’s all free and filled with reminders of the true reason for the season.

Crossroads Area Student Theatre is a not-for-profit, 501c3 company in its sixth season serving students across McLean County. Membership in the company is a yearlong commitment, with students ages 7 to 19 and their families joining for a season of theater productions. Learn more at www.CASTBN.org

Friday, December 6

F1rst Fr1day/Once Upon a Holiday

Starts at 5:00 PM

Come out for the Downtown Bloomington “Once upon a Holiday” from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. See the live window vignettes in the shops and visit the Museum for an evening of live theatre and refreshments, including adult eggnog, homemade Christmas cookies, hot apple cider, and performances by the Crossroads Area Student Theatre group throughout the entire Museum. Plus, join Santa’s jolly elves and their sleigh on the Museum’s plaza for the perfect Christmas card photo op too!

You don’t want to miss this evening filled with free fun for the whole family!

Saturday, December 7

Christmas at the Courthouse

Starts at 11:00 AM


On Saturday, December 7, immediately following the Jaycees parade, follow jolly-old St. Nick up the courthouse steps and into the Museum, where visitors can enjoy holiday music, family activities and crafts, and free refreshments throughout the day from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This is truly a family event.

The old courthouse interior will be decorated in holiday splendor and exhibit galleries on all four levels will be open for viewing. Musical performances this year will feature acoustic guitarist Marcos Mendez, the BHS Quartet, the Sunshine Bells, Loving Missionary Choir, Sound of Illinois Chorus, the Wind Song Woodwind Quintet, Dale Evans. We will also be hosting theatrical performances by the Crossroads Area Student Theatre group throughout the entire building. Mike Matejka’s model railroad train will be available for kids to experience, and Wild Style will provide face painting from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center on the Museum’s ground level has locally sourced books, food items, art, apparel, collectibles, and plenty of Route 66 and Abraham Lincoln-related items of interest. The gift shop will be open all day.

Come join all the free, family-friendly fun during this annual tradition at the Museum!

Saturday, December 7

CAST Christmas Festival

Starts at 12:00 PM

The Museum is excited to host the Crossroads Area Student Theatre Christmas Festival during the holiday season! CAST performances of “A Dickens Christmas Festival” will be held in various rooms throughout the entire Museum. Inspired by Merry Old England (with emphasis on the merry), the Museum will be filled with characters straight from the pages of the classic works of Charles Dickens. Visitors will find Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Oliver, and many more, as the following three plays will be presented at various times during the festival—Bah Humbug, The Cratchit Family, and Dickens in America. Notable characters will have collector cards to handout to any young adoring fans. Performances are scheduled during F1rst Fr1day/Once Upon a Holiday on December 6, from 2:00-8:00 p.m., during the Museum’s annual Christmas at the Courthouse on Saturday, December 7, 12:00-4:00 p.m., and an encore presentation on Tuesday, December 10, 5:30-9:00 p.m. The best part yet is it’s all free and filled with reminders of the true reason for the season.

Crossroads Area Student Theatre is a not-for-profit, 501c3 company in its sixth season serving students across McLean County. Membership in the company is a yearlong commitment, with students ages 7 to 19 and their families joining for a season of theater productions. Learn more at www.CASTBN.org

Tuesday, December 10

CAST Christmas Festival

Starts at 5:30 PM

The Museum is excited to host the Crossroads Area Student Theatre Christmas Festival during the holiday season! CAST performances of “A Dickens Christmas Festival” will be held in various rooms throughout the entire Museum. Inspired by Merry Old England (with emphasis on the merry), the Museum will be filled with characters straight from the pages of the classic works of Charles Dickens. Visitors will find Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Oliver, and many more, as the following three plays will be presented at various times during the festival—Bah Humbug, The Cratchit Family, and Dickens in America. Notable characters will have collector cards to handout to any young adoring fans. Performances are scheduled during F1rst Fr1day/Once Upon a Holiday on December 6, from 2:00-8:00 p.m., during the Museum’s annual Christmas at the Courthouse on Saturday, December 7, 12:00-4:00 p.m., and an encore presentation on Tuesday, December 10, 5:30-9:00 p.m. The best part yet is it’s all free and filled with reminders of the true reason for the season.

Crossroads Area Student Theatre is a not-for-profit, 501c3 company in its sixth season serving students across McLean County. Membership in the company is a yearlong commitment, with students ages 7 to 19 and their families joining for a season of theater productions. Learn more at www.CASTBN.org

Thursday, December 12

Lunch and Learn - Esports 101: The Newest Sports Taking the World by Storm

Starts at 12:10 PM

December 10 Esports 101: the Newest Sports Taking the world by Storm

An Introduction to Esports by Callum Fletcher, head Esports coach at Illinois Wesleyan University

Chances are by now you’ve heard of Ninja, you’ve seen the Fortnite dances, you’ve read the headlines about multi-million dollar tournaments, or you can’t seem to get your kids off the computer. Come learn about the world of esports with Illinois Wesleyan University’s Head Coach, Callum Fletcher as he leads you through the amateur, collegiate, and professional world of esports from the collegiate scholarships to the multi-million dollar contracts!