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There are multiple Cambridge events to enjoy throughout the year.  To learn more about the myriad of special events taking place this year, visit http://www.visitguernseycounty.com

December 2016

  • through January 2017 – Dicken’s Victorian Village – Take a trip back in time and experience old world England as historic downtown Cambridge, Ohio, is charmingly transformed into a Dickens Victorian Village each holiday season. From November through mid January each year, visitors are invited to stroll amidst 90 scenes of 186 lifelike figures representing classic scenes from Victorian society. This innovative public art exhibition is enjoyed by families, couples, and groups alike – an experience that engages the senses as you explore the charming streetscape, striking historic architecture, and eclectic shops and eateries of Cambridge. The Dickens scenes are stationed along Wheeling Avenue at each antique lamppost and bench, between 6th and 11th Streets, in windows on street level, and in second story windows. Wheeling Avenue is also the historic National Road/Route 40, and features an outstanding streetscape of original buildings from the 1800s. The Dickens Victorian Village scenes are comprised of life sized and hand-made mannequins wearing real vintage clothing. The faces for each character are individually sculpted and painted by local artists. The displays include engaging depictions of classic Dickens-era scenes and figures such as Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, the town crier, groups of carolers, a bucket brigade, lamplighters, school children, street peddlers, and Father Christmas, all posed in active scenes that appear frozen in time. Many special events and theme weekends take place throughout the season. To view the full calendar, click here.
  • through January 2017 – Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Light Show – The courthouse comes alive nightly with thousands of pulsating lights synchronized to holiday music. This magnificent 1881 building jumps into the 21st Century as it is bathed in colored lights, 36 animated light displays, and 15,000 lights outlining the building. The display is computer controlled with 364 electrical circuits meticulously synchronized to a holiday soundtrack, with a total of 30,000 lights. Four different light shows, each 8 to 12 minutes in length, are performed throughout each evening beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the last show starting at 9 p.m. www.visitguernseycounty.com/
  • 9 and 16 Live Bluegrass at Pennyroyal Opera House  – The place where LIVE Bluegrass happens! Enjoy concerts on Friday evenings at Pennyroyal Opera House. Admission is $12 adults and $6 children under 12. The kitchen opens at 5pm. and the show begins at 7pm. Visit http://www.pennyroyalbluegrass.com/ for a complete schedule.
  • 9 through 11 A Christmas Story by Philip Grecian – Based on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by JeanShepherd. Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental explod-ing furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7pm. Sunday shows begin at 3pm. Tickets are 10 adults, $8 for seniors and students unless otherwise noted. www.cambridgeperformingartscenter.org
  • 10 Trolley Tours through Historic Downtown Cambridge – 10am-5pm. Discover the amazing story of Dickens Victorian Village and the 186 characters that the community built as your costumed guide escorts you around Historic Downtown Cambridge.During your trolley ride, you may stay aboard and enjoy the scenery, or get out and experience any of the seven unique stops along the way.$10 per person.Tickets available at the Welcome Center or online at www.DickensVictorianVillage.com
  • 10 and 11 John and Annie Glenn Historic Site Special Holiday Hours – 1pm-4pm. Come and see the giant Rudolph in front of John Glenn’s boyhood home on Main Street in New Concord. The story of Rudolph was written in 1939 by Robert L. May and is read to children in the living room near the old-fashioned tree when they participate in “Christmas at the House”.*Tours are free but donations to support the museum’s educational programming are always appreciated. www.johnglennhome.org
  • 10 and 17 Dickens by Lantern Tour – Learn how and why the Dickens Victorian Village characters were created ten years ago and learn the history of the downtown buildings before you take in the spectacular Guernsey County Courthouse Music & Light Show. Tours depart from the Guernsey County Courthouse at 6:00pm. Tickets are $10. www.OhioMadeGetaways.com
  • 17 Forgotten Places & Spaces Walking Tour – If you’ve ever been curious about any of the historic buildings in downtown Cambridge, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Held from 3-4:30 pm, each quarter of the year will feature a different theme.Tours depart from the monument on the Courthouse lawn and are guided by a costume interpreter who leads the group from building to building. Tickets are $20 per person with proceeds to benefit historic preservation efforts in downtown Cambridge. The first project for 2016 is the replacement of the historical plaques which adorn the 33 buildings in the historic district that are included in a self-guided walking tour brochure. Advance registration is strongly encouraged; walk-ups are limited to space available. Forgotten Places & Spaces is a cooperative effort of Ohio-Made Getaways, Cambridge Main Street and the Historic Preservation Committee. OhioMadeGetaways.com
  • 30 through January 1 – New Year’s Eve at Salt Fork – Join us for three days of family-friendly fun, including a scavenger hunt, crafts, family photos, New Year’s Eve Buffet, movies, face painting, a talent show and more! Click here to learn more.
  • 31 New Year’s Eve Gospel Sing – This spectacular gospel sing is sponsored by the Guernsey Gospel Jubilee Association, and is FREE!Non-Denominational, Free Will Offering, Coffee and cold drinks provided. Many groups scheduled to perform. This wonderful event is great for the whole family so come early and stay late.Admission is FREE! 6:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Gospel Sing will be held at Harvest Christian Fellowship. gospeljubilee.org

January 2017

  • 28 Forgotten Spaces & Places Walking Tour – If you’ve ever been curious about any of the historic buildings in downtown Cambridge, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Held monthly from 3-4:30 pm, each quarter of the year will feature a different theme.Tours depart from the monument on the Courthouse lawn and are guided by a costume interpreter who leads the group from building to building. Tickets are $20 per person with proceeds to benefit historic preservation efforts in downtown Cambridge. The first project for 2016 is the replacement of the historical plaques which adorn the 33 buildings in the historic district that are included in a self-guided walking tour brochure. Advance registration is strongly encouraged; walk-ups are limited to space available. Forgotten Places & Spaces is a cooperative effort of Ohio-Made Getaways, Cambridge Main Street and the Historic Preservation Committee. www.OhioMadeGetaways.com
  • 28 Country on the Carpet – Put on your dancing shoes for a night full of Country and Bluegrass. It’s the 23rd Anniversary for Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center’s Annual “Country on The Carpet” with MC Darrel Cubbison. We have a great lineup lassoed to celebrate this special year!Bring the whole family out for a fun filled night of music showcasing local talent. Doors open at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. www.pritchardlaughlin.com.

February 2017

  • 18 and 19 Heritage Arms Gun Show – Show will be held 9am-5pm Saturday and 9am-4pm Sunday. www.pritchardlaughlin.com.
  • 24 Route 66 – 7:30pm.  A rip-roaring, pedal-to-the-medal road trip down memory lane featuring hits such as “Dead Man’s Curve,” “King of the Road,” “Little Old Lady from Pasadena,” “Six Days on the Road,” “GTO,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around”and, of course, “Route 66.” Four snappy young pump jockeys take the audience to various stops along the historic “Mother Road” where a menagerie of characters sing and dance to timeless pop and country tunes. The ’50s music in this show is energizing and fun for all ages. From the jazzy pop of Chicago, the two-stepping hoedown of Texas and the beach-bumming car jams of California — this show has it all. This is the road trip of a lifetime with solid harmonies, dazzling quick-changes, flashy dance numbers and hilarious comedic timing. “Get your kicks…..on Route 66.” www.pritchardlaughlin.com
  • 24 and 25 A Night of One Acts – A fun night of entertainment to chase away the winter blahs. Various groups will bring together a variety of one act plays. Friday will be ADULT night; Saturday will be FAMILY night. Admission $5. www.cambridgeperformingartscenter.org
  • 25 Forgotten Spaces & Places Walking Tour – If you’ve ever been curious about any of the historic buildings in downtown Cambridge, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Held monthly from 3-4:30 pm, each quarter of the year will feature a different theme.Tours depart from the monument on the Courthouse lawn and are guided by a costume interpreter who leads the group from building to building. Tickets are $20 per person with proceeds to benefit historic preservation efforts in downtown Cambridge. The first project for 2016 is the replacement of the historical plaques which adorn the 33 buildings in the historic district that are included in a self-guided walking tour brochure. Advance registration is strongly encouraged; walk-ups are limited to space available. Forgotten Places & Spaces is a cooperative effort of Ohio-Made Getaways, Cambridge Main Street and the Historic Preservation Committee. www.OhioMadeGetaways.com

March 2017

  • 25 and 31 Give My Regards to Broadway – Book by Shubert Fendrich, music and lyrics by George M. Cohan. Combine the greatest show tunes of George M. Cohan with a sparkling story and you have the most entertaining, charming, toe-tapping musical of the season. Dick Foster is opening a Broadway show but is having problems with both money and his leading lady. Enter Mary Collins, an aspiring actress from New Rochelle, plus ’Legs’ Ruby, a Damon Runyon-type bookie who is on the run from the mob. Just as all appears lost, a financial ’angel’ appears with the money to do the show, and Mary gets her big chance at stardom. The play is filled with fascinating character roles, including the ’Donald O’Connor-type’ pianist, Betty, the Virginia belle in the chorus, along with a bevy of chorus girls, gangsters and other assorted characters. The Cohan songs are among his most memorable: ’Give My Regards To Broadway,’’You’re A Grand Old Flag,’ ’Mary’s A Grand Old Name’ and many more. cambridgeperformingartscenter.org
  • 26 Forgotten Spaces & Places Walking Tour – If you’ve ever been curious about any of the historic buildings in downtown Cambridge, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Held monthly from 3-4:30 pm, each quarter of the year will feature a different theme.Tours depart from the monument on the Courthouse lawn and are guided by a costume interpreter who leads the group from building to building. Tickets are $20 per person with proceeds to benefit historic preservation efforts in downtown Cambridge. The first project for 2016 is the replacement of the historical plaques which adorn the 33 buildings in the historic district that are included in a self-guided walking tour brochure. Advance registration is strongly encouraged; walk-ups are limited to space available. Forgotten Places & Spaces is a cooperative effort of Ohio-Made Getaways, Cambridge Main Street and the Historic Preservation Committee. www.OhioMadeGetaways.com

April 2017

  • 1 & 2 and 7-9 Give My Regards to Broadway – Book by Shubert Fendrich, music and lyrics by George M. Cohan. Combine the greatest show tunes of George M. Cohan with a sparkling story and you have the most entertaining, charming, toe-tapping musical of the season. Dick Foster is opening a Broadway show but is having problems with both money and his leading lady. Enter Mary Collins, an aspiring actress from New Rochelle, plus ’Legs’ Ruby, a Damon Runyon-type bookie who is on the run from the mob. Just as all appears lost, a financial ’angel’ appears with the money to do the show, and Mary gets her big chance at stardom. The play is filled with fascinating character roles, including the ’Donald O’Connor-type’ pianist, Betty, the Virginia belle in the chorus, along with a bevy of chorus girls, gangsters and other assorted characters. The Cohan songs are among his most memorable: ’Give My Regards To Broadway,’’You’re A Grand Old Flag,’ ’Mary’s A Grand Old Name’ and many more. cambridgeperformingartscenter.org
  • 30 Forgotten Spaces & Places Walking Tour – If you’ve ever been curious about any of the historic buildings in downtown Cambridge, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Held monthly from 3-4:30 pm, each quarter of the year will feature a different theme.Tours depart from the monument on the Courthouse lawn and are guided by a costume interpreter who leads the group from building to building. Tickets are $20 per person with proceeds to benefit historic preservation efforts in downtown Cambridge. The first project for 2016 is the replacement of the historical plaques which adorn the 33 buildings in the historic district that are included in a self-guided walking tour brochure. Advance registration is strongly encouraged; walk-ups are limited to space available. Forgotten Places & Spaces is a cooperative effort of Ohio-Made Getaways, Cambridge Main Street and the Historic Preservation Committee. www.OhioMadeGetaways.com