Fairfield First Fridays celebrates holiday season

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Horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered during the Fairfield First Fridays event Friday evening.
WERNER ELMKER/Courtesy photo Horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered during the Fairfield First Fridays event Friday evening.

Come out and celebrate the holiday season with Fairfield First Fridays from 6-9 p.m. Friday; see the square decorated for the holidays, stroll around, get some holiday shopping taken care of and enjoy the beauty of the holiday season in Fairfield.

Carriage rides are planned, Fairfield High School Choir will be caroling around the square, various locations will have live holiday music, many shops and galleries will be open late with activities to enjoy.

Several locations with amazing stained-glass windows will be open for a self-guided tour, locations include Fairfield Arts & Conventinon Center, First Presbyterian Church, and First Lutheran Church.

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s stained glass window was salvaged from the 100-year-old Barhydt Chapel glass window. A 160- by 150-inch portion of the window was restored, framed and installed in the Parsons Hall at the center. It features angels, with delicately hand-painted faces, hands, feet and multiple layers of glass. It is a prestigious work by distinguished Louis C Tiffany and contains unusual rippled glass.

First Lutheran Church will be open for stained glass viewing from 6-8pm. The windows at First Lutheran are technically made of colored glass. In older terms “stained glass” referred only to colored glass that had stains applied to it to change the color of the glass. Today all windows that are foiled with copper foil and then secured together with lead are known as stained glass. The windows at First Lutheran incorporate the symbols of the Christian church, the cross being central in each window.

First Presbyterian Church also will be open for stained glass viewing.

A Christmas Sing-A-Long, featuring organist Dee Sandquist and pianist Doug Daller, is planned at 7 p.m. at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. They will play the Sondheim’s instruments to lead the singalong of classic holiday tunes, including “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” “Deck the Halls,” and more. The Christmas Sing-A-Long is free and open to the public, with donations accepted for the Sondheim piano and organ maintenance fund.

Bring the kids to see Santa; he will be in his Kandy Kane House in Central Park from 5:30-8 p.m.


• Americus Gallery will have Christopher Kufner’s original oil paintings, Kim Kufner’s original oil paintings, Genevra Bell’s original watercolor and ink paintings, David Lotton’s art glass vases and Pedro Lujano’s diochroic glass jewelry.

• Art FiftyTwo will have a Holiday Art Show with multiple Fairfield artists including Judy Bales, Ruth Moses, John Preston, Genevra Bell, Greg Thatcher, and Carol Gunn.

• Carnegie Historical Museum is decked out with homemade holiday decorations from the combined efforts of the museum board members and the Fairfield Middle School Art Club. Cocoa will be served and card-making with rubber stamps and stickers is planned

• Chakra Steps will have local art. Showcased are work by Lynn Phippen and his son Jason Phippen, Daveed Aranda and Diana Watt.

• Fairfield Art Association will open two shows Friday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. The Iowa Watercolor Society’s traveling exhibit features the best of the best from 26 artists around the state. The second show is “Mark Shafer Retrospective” that shows how his subject matter and styles change through the decades. Plus, Holly McDow and Emily Cantifio’s students will be painting holiday scenes in the atrium windows.

• Fellowship of the Holy Spirit will show spiritual/mystical art by Richard Trice and Laura Weinberg.

• Henderson’s/Cindy’s Art Beat will have a holiday bizarre with the Square One Arts Group. Plus, the exhibit of Southeast Iowa Plein Air paintings continues. Face-painting will be offered from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

• ICON Gallery will have its biannual silent art auction with over 200 works of art by over 100 top regional artists. This is one of the nonprofit gallery’s main fundraising raising events.

• Revelations will have: Peter Clemens: Yantras” and “John Schirmer: Paintings.”

• Thymely Solutions will have Clarissa Schmidt singing Christmas songs from 7:30-8:30 p.m. for alive window event.

• Too Good 2 Be Threw/Vogue on Court will offer make-and-take kids crafts.

For information, contact Marla Brader at 233-8883, email or visit the website for detailed information as the event approaches. To volunteer, let Fairfield First Fridays know by calling or emailing.