It’s Thanksgiving! What Could Go Wrong?

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We were hosting Thanksgiving for the first time! How exciting.

Our first arrivals were my mom, sister, niece and nephew. They came a day early. The men would arrive on Thanksgiving Day.

Based on previous visits, my mom’s rescue dog earned a reputation as “a runner” among other things. So we learned to leave an opening in the garage for the crew to pull inside. Then we shut the garage door and let everyone inside the house through the connecting side door.

What was easily forgotten was that the poor dog had been traveling for hours. Coming straight into the house among the happy greetings and hugs between family members who have not seen each other in months, he instinctively headed for the back door. But nobody noticed. Then, he decided that the large cloth chair would suffice to do his business.

He’s a big dog, and he took a big leak down the side of the chair and then shifted to thoroughly saturate the carpet – of course missing the adjacent tile floor by mere inches.

After supper, my sister had pies to cook. Don’t ask me why but something went terribly wrong!

After my little sis bellowed – “Oh noo!” – we all came running to find the oven was caked in hardened pie remains.

Good grief, what a mess it was! So we figured we’d just set the oven to self-clean and let it do its thing overnight.

In the morning, the oven was long cooled down, but the doggone door wouldn’t open. There was a 20+ pound turkey to cook! We burned up Google for a solution, but no matter what we tried, it didn’t work.

I looked at the time. I glanced out the window at the patio. I looked at the time again.

“Let’s just grill this bird!” I yelled.

People looked at me like I was crazy – as they often do.

I sprang into action and grabbed the propane tank to get it filled. I just knew that if I didn’t, it would probably run out halfway through cooking. Besides, my Google solution for grilling a turkey said I needed indirect heat so I needed a cooking sheet that would fit. I found an aluminum solution at the hardware store while I waited for the propane tank to be filled.

When I returned home, I fired up my modest grill. Within a minute my aluminum solution caught fire. I cleaned up that mess and zipped to the grocery store and back with a commercial grade baking pan. I slipped it under the grate. Perfect fit.

My dad and brother-in-law arrived about an hour and some beers into my roast.

“What are you doing?” they both asked at the same time.

“Barbecuing turkey,” I smiled casually with a slight buzz.

Their jaws dropped, and eyes grew wide in disbelief.

“This is going to be a bust of a meal,” I could read them saying in their minds.

I weathered the cold, tending to the manual temperature controls toggling around 325 degrees for hours. Sometimes the temperature reached about 350 degrees, and at others, it went down to 300, but I managed to keep it as steady as the pouring beer.

I couldn’t jeopardize the temperature by opening the lid. I had to wait for the halfway point to finally get a glimpse at what was happening inside.

That’s when I flipped the bird.

It looked pretty darn good but my dad and I both suspected looks could be deceiving. It might be one raw mess deep inside that meat.

I kept at the controls catching parts of the football game while fetching sanity refills.

On one trip to the kitchen, tensions grew, and some stereotypical sibling squabbling exchanged between my sister and me. Others joined in. Oh, this was going to be a Thanksgiving to remember.

I huffed off to my patio retreat. My sister simmered over the top of the stove. Inside the stove, her pie disaster from the night before remained trapped. Its warming aroma wafted in the air as the burners on the stove top heat the side dishes.

Then came the moment of truth. I shoved a thermometer inside a breast. Then I took the turkey into the house for my brother-in-law to carve it. At this point, nobody trusted me with sharp objects.

My brother-in-law’s heart sunk because he couldn’t get the carving knife through the bird. He was afraid to say anything. He just stared and wondered how he’d break the bad news. When he looked down again, he realized the thing was upside down.

We sat around the table – everyone silently praying for a meal that wouldn’t send us to the Emergency Room.

One by one, noises of pleasure passed around the table. Some declared that it was the best turkey that they ever had.

And when nobody got sick, I gave thanks.

By Frank Rocco Satullo, author of “HERE I THOUGHT I WAS NORMAL: Micro Memoirs of Mischief and creator of OhioTraveler.com

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Steubenville Nutcracker Village

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Eastern Ohio’s Holiday Attraction:
Steubenville Nutcracker Village

What do Dr. Who, the Tin Man, Nurse Florence, Clark Kent, Mother Theresa, and Hairdresser Sue have in common? They are among the 150 life-sized Nutcrackers that take over Fort Steuben Park for the 3rd annual Steubenville Nutcracker Village and Advent Market.

Historic Fort Steuben and Nelson’s of Steubenville present this unique attraction, proudly sponsored by Trinity Health System, that features locally designed and fabricated Nutcrackers, each one representing a well-known character, mascot or profession. These colorful figures are arrayed under tunnels of sparkling lights, with holiday music streaming in the background, evoking smiles and selfies and lots of joy. With the Nutcrackers on display 24/7, there are plenty of opportunities to revisit.

Nutcrackers also are among the holiday themed décor that transforms the Exhibit Hall in the Fort Steuben Visitor Center into a Christmas Wonderland that welcomes young and old. Amidst a variety of decorated trees, visitors can watch the model railroad and view the toys and gifts reminiscent of past holidays. Youngsters can write letters to Santa and take photos by the Holiday Horse. Collectible nutcrackers, books, puzzles and gift items are on sale in the Fort Steuben Gift Shop, open daily in the Visitor Center from 10am to 6pm.

On the weekends, the Advent Market is open with artisans offering specialty crafts and baked goods in holiday chalets set around the 30’ Christmas Tree. Shoppers can browse and purchase homemade fudge, woodcrafts, local honey, herbal products, food and handmade crafts as well Nutcracker souvenirs. Entertainment by area performers, church and school choirs and popular regional bands fill the air with holiday music. Visit the beautiful nativity and historic First Federal Land Office, decorated for a 19th century Christmas. Jump on board the hayride or the Holly Trolley to cruise the downtown and marvel at the magnificent stained-glass windows in the downtown churches. The Market will be open from 3pm-8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 1pm-6pm on Sundays.

An original musical production based on the characters of the Steubenville Nutcracker Village and using the familiar melodies of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite – The Wooden Hearts Follies – will be performed on four Sunday afternoons (Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 & Dec. 17). This clever comedy will delight young and old; tickets can be obtained in advance online or at the Visitor Center.

What would the holidays be without a parade and the Nutcrackers will be featured in the Steubenville Sights and Sounds of Christmas Parade at noon on Saturday, December 9th. There are expected to be over 70 units including bands, floats and dance troupes that will travel through the downtown. The nearby Advent Market will be open from 11am to 8pm that day.

The stars of the show are the charming Nutcrackers themselves.  Nelsons of Steubenville founder and manager Mark Nelson explained the process. “We began as woodcrafters and our team of craftsmen simply adapted the tools and equipment to produce a light weight product made from a dense foam. My daughter Thérèse is the artist who designs and oversees the painting of the Nutcrackers. They have become so popular that we have a year’s waiting list for special orders!”

The Nutcrackers have also found a home during the year at Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker Shoppe on N. 4th Street where all things Nutcracker can be found as well as tasty treats from the Steubenville Popcorn Company. Visitors can also browse the lovely designs at nearby McCauslen’s Florist and the wonderful selection of books at BookMarx Bookstore.

Judy Bratten, director of Historic Fort Steuben and the Visitor Center, noted that last year’s event drew thousands of people to the area. “It was a wonderful time for families, friends and visitors from out of town. Everyone was filled with the joy of the season and exclaimed over the magical experience on social media. We were listed as one of the ten ‘most unforgettable winter festivals in Ohio’ in 2016.”

For more information on the Steubenville Nutcracker Village and Advent Market, contact the Fort Steuben Visitor Center, 120 S. 3rd Street, Steubenville OH or 866-301-1787 or visit the website, www.steubenvillenutcrackervillage.com.

Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics

Holiday Happenings at the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics
A Place of Peace, Prayer and Hospitality

As we come into the final months of the year and the holiday seasons that draw us closer to the ones we love, it is the perfect time to visit the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics in west, central Ohio.

Looking at the quiet farm land of Mercer County gives no evidence of the harsh forest and swamp that the early German settlers found on their arrival in the mid-1830s. Many were Catholic and understood the need for help from God to survive.  Their deep faith urged them to build churches where they met despite the fact that they had no clerical minister to serve them. These churches, which now dot the landscape some three miles apart and make up the Land of the Cross-Tipped Churches State Scenic Byway, were built in such close proximity because of the difficult travel.

Bishop Purcell of Cincinnati became aware of the needs of these humble German-speaking people, and while in Europe, searched for a German-speaking missionary who would be willing to come to America to serve these noble folk. Fr. Francis de Sales Brunner, a Swiss priest and Precious Blood Missionary, encountered Bishop Purcell and came to Ohio in 1843.

Fr. Brunner and his Mother, Maria Anna Brunner, established the Sisters of the Precious Blood in 1834 in Switzerland. In 1844, six Sisters of the Precious Blood arrived in New Riegle, Ohio and began their nightly vigils of prayer.  In September 1846 eight sisters from that convent began perpetual adoration at Maria Stein in the original motherhouse convent. Sisters have prayed and ministered at Maria Stein without interruption since their arrival.

Today the main attraction is the relic chapel which was dedicated in 1892. The chapel has more than 1,000 relics including those from all four Gospel writers and all but one of the apostles. Honoring the Saints with their relics was a common way of expressing devotion to the Saints.  Fr. Brunner was an ardent collector of relics.  He brought a few with him on his first voyage to America. In 1845 he was presented with a gift of 600 relics.  In 1875 a collection of 175 relics was brought to Maria Stein and placed in the care of the Sisters.  Relics of more recent Saints have been added including Saint Teresa of Calcutta and Pope John XXIII.  The shrine is home to the second-largest collection of holy relics in the United States.

In the old convent building there is a gift shop located on the first floor. It carries many articles of devotion, statues, and décor.  On the second floor pilgrims are treated to a museum with a history of the Sisters and early rural life in Mercer County.  The outside patio is adorned with pictures of the area churches that dot the country side hanging on the walls. A statue garden of various saints provides a quiet place for reflection and prayer.

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through prayer, pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the Shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. For the many that come and enter the quiet of the chapels, peace returns and energies are renewed. It is where the cares, problems and worries of daily life can be placed in God’s hands. For many, healing of mind and spirit are sought and obtained. This tranquil country setting allows the heart and soul to find relief from the turbulence of today’s fast paced world.

During this season there are special events planned at the Shrine. For those extra thoughtful Christmas Gifts don’t miss the Pilgrim Gift Shop Christmas open house. It will take place Thursday, November 9th through Sunday, November 12th in 2017.

A special “Saints and Cinema” series is scheduled on Tuesday evenings in November. Enjoy a movie each week with free popcorn and drinks, followed by a light discussion. The movie begins at 6:30 each Tuesday, this program is free and open to the public.

Help your child experience the magic of Christmas with a special visit and program by St. Nicolas at the Shrine on December 2nd.  St. Nicolas will give a talk about his life and the traditions surrounding his name beginning at 2pm. Children will leave their shoes outside the chapel doors, only to find them filled with goodies after the presentation.  The afternoon will also include some crafts and activities and of course photo ops with St. Nicholas. The cost is $5 per child and reservations must be made by November 29th by calling 419-925-4532.

And not to be missed, during the entire month of December, stop by the shrine to see the beautiful collection of Nativity Sets and classic Advent Calendars on display.  A wonderful opportunity to spend time with family and friends and bask in the glow of holiday peace.

The Shrine is open Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

And on Sunday:  12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Closed on Major Holidays. For more information, or to contact the Shrine visit www.mariasteinshrine.org, or call 419-925-4532.

Hocking Hills Holiday Treasure Hunt

It’s that magical time of year again, holiday season!  Every year we shift our focus from our daily grind to planning for family gatherings, menus, gift shopping, decorating and connecting with the people we most love.  Could there possibly be a better time of year?

A big part of the fun is searching for the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list.  It must be as unique and special as the recipient.  The Hocking Hills has a really fun way to find those perfect gifts and win prizes, even a getaway to the Hocking Hills for four, complete with a cozy cabin for two nights, dining, outdoor adventures and hands-on crafts.  From November 1 through December 12 the Hocking Hills Holiday Treasure Hunt gives holiday shoppers a mall-ternative.

Discover one-of-a-kind creations by local artists and craftsmen at many of the participating shops along with apparel, tools, games, books and lots more.  It’s easy to go on the Treasure Hunt.  Simply download the Treasure Map from the website or pick one up at the Hocking Hills Welcome Center or any of the participating shops.  Visit six of the twenty-seven shops and collect the shop’s label.  Once you’ve collected six labels you can enter to win one of more than twenty-seven prizes and the Grand Prize, a Hocking Hills Getaway.

Increase your chances to win a prize during this year’s Holiday Treasure Hunt! To be eligible, take a photo of the #HockingHillsPaintedRock found at each store and post the photo on your Instagram account, tagging the location. Make sure to use #HockingHolidayTreasures and #HockingHillsPaintedRocks (do not move the rock). At the end of the Treasure Hunt, the top five users that visited the most stores with eligible posts from each location will win two official Hocking Hills Tourism Hiking Sticks.

Now get ready to enjoy all your favorite holiday movies, foods, giving and receiving wonderful expressions of love, even your crazy uncle’s corny jokes.  It really is the most wonderful time of the year and this year you can have a lot of fun hunting treasures in the Hocking Hills, Ohio’s natural crown jewels.

Get a “Jump” on Holiday Shopping

at Keim Family Market
Your One-of-a-kind Amish Variety Store 

Keim Family Market is an authentic, one-of-a-kind, Amish variety store offering a unique experience and hard-to-find offerings.

Their Christmas fruitcakes are shipped across the country and beyond. And although much is exported from the store, there is a new item imported from Australia, the world-renown Vuly trampoline.

Vuly trampolines are known for their extreme safety measures, strength and functionality. On Christmas morning, you won’t have to worry about missing a bolt because it doesn’t use any. It’s easily assembled. You’ll see different models at Keim’s among a playground of other children’s playsets available for purchase.

Inside, you’ll be treated to everything from fresh-made donuts to handmade dining tables. Feel the warmth and enjoy the aroma across the old-fashioned store coming from the bakers’ ovens. Every morning, Amish bakers are seen in plain sight rolling dough and preparing holiday treats. As soon as the goodies hit the store shelves, they’re grabbed up by customers to bring home.

The peanut butter pretzels usually don’t even make it to the car. Customers are known to rip open their boxes, usually at a bench somewhere along the front porch, sit down and dig in on the spot. The bakery is especially known for their fruit pies, cookies, breads and cinnamon rolls just to name several other specialties.

For those who arrive midday, there’s a full-service deli with a tasty variety of meats and cheeses to cater to any appetite. It’s not uncommon to see folks pack a cooler to bring home a party tray supply for their holiday gatherings.

The chef in the family will enjoy a trip to Keim’s to tackle that list of special ingredients needed for those cherished recipes. There are aisles of hard-to-find goods with the Keim label. In addition, you can find old-fashioned, tin cookie cutters in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Canned jams and jellies and so much more fill the shelves along with old-time candies and sugar-free foods.

If you need to satisfy a hard-to-please person in the family with a gift, you’re bound to find something interesting on Keim’s shelves. There is a wonderful selection of odds and ends from nostalgic wood toys to gorgeous wicker baskets to Amish-made quilts to scented candles. They also carry the ever-popular choices of wall hangings by P. Graham Dunn.

The indoor furniture selection fills the final third of the main store. If your child needs a new computer desk, look no further. If dad needs an easy chair, you’ll find it here. And if mom wants a dining set that is like no other, this is the place. But that’s not all! Keim has stools, benches, hutches, gliders, bedroom sets and more.

Outside there are other buildings to browse such as the bargain barn. And although out of season, you’re bound to find a deal on patio sets, gazebos and storage barns. There’s even an art barn!

Bring your Christmas list to this rural Amish outpost at the edge of Appalachia country. Folks make pilgrimages to this quaint destination to fill their shopping needs for the holiday season from Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Portsmouth, Northern Kentucky and West Virginia as it is right on the Appalachian Highway in Southern Ohio. It’s not a quick trip to a big box store. This is a pilgrimage destination for the leisure shopper at a place rich in history and good old-fashioned customer service.

Keim Family Market is located at 2621 Burnt Cabin Road off SR 32 in Seaman, Ohio. They are open Monday – Saturday (Closed on Sunday). Call 937-386-9995 or visit KeimFamilyMarket.com.

 

Christmas Candlelightings in Roscoe Village

 

In the 1830s, Christmas in Roscoe Village was less about gifts and more a festive, religious celebration of family and friends.  Children were fortunate to receive handmade toys.  Often gifts were more practical in nature such as warm pairs of socks or mittens, a scarf or a warm hat.  There wasn’t an overabundance of spices, so a baked good at Christmastime might be as simple as caraway seed cookies.

Much of this old fashioned Christmas joy and time of reflection is rekindled each year in December during the annual Candlelighting celebrations in Historic Roscoe Village.  These holiday ceremonies are free to the public and begin at 6:00pm at the main stage near the center of the village on December 2nd and December 9th, 2017.

Prior to the ceremonies, guests may enjoy a walk down Whitewoman Street as the village will be quaintly decorated for the holiday season.  They may browse the charming shops for unique Christmas gifts or share a holiday meal at one of the fine restaurants in the village.  Christmas carolers will be singing along the street, filling the air with the cheerful sounds of holiday music.

The Roscoe Christmas tour will be available for guests to experience some of the historical holiday traditions.  The Roscoe Village Visitor Center will have canal era hands-on activities to purchase and local crafter made items for sale in the gift shop.  Horse-drawn carriage rides are offered for a fee and guests may board the carriage in the front of the Visitor Center and enjoy a ride through the village to the main stage area. The smell of roasting chestnuts will fill the afternoon air, a tasty holiday treat and tradition. There will also be free hot mulled cider and cookies available before the ceremony, near the center of the village.

Guests will converge at the main stage area in the village at 6:00pm for the Candlelighting ceremony.  The crowd will listen to an invocation from a pastor, a holiday song by a choir and the recitation of a Christmas story by a special guest storyteller.  The 30-foot Christmas tree will be lit as the Honorary Candlelighter lights his/her candle and passes it to one person in the crowd.  The flame is then passed throughout the crowd until each person’s candle is lit as everyone softly sings the first verse of Silent Night. The pastor will then give a benediction, the choir will sing a special carol and the ceremony will conclude with each person joining in to sing a final Christmas carol.

A special Roscoe Village Christmas lantern tour begins back at the Visitor Center at 7:00pm after each Candlelighting ceremony.  Reservations for the evening tour should be made in advance.  A Roscoe Christmas guided tour will be available the month of December each Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Experience some of the 1830s holiday traditions and treats.  Contact the Roscoe Village Visitor Center at 800-877-1830 or 740-622-7644.  Admission and parking are FREE for the Candlelighting ceremonies. 

Christmas Towns of Miami County


3 Days, 5 Towns, 100+ Unique Shops and Restaurants
November 17–19, 2017

The towns of Miami County have come together to create the first annual Holiday Welcome Weekend.

It’s the start of a new holiday tradition! The shops and restaurants of Covington, Piqua, Tipp City, Troy and West Milton welcome visitors to browse and dine while enjoying the best they have to offer for this year’s holiday season. The shops will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 6pm and Sundays from Noon – 5pm, November 17–19, 2017.

Why shop the Big Box stores? Instead, explore the historic downtowns for that one-of-a-kind gift, toy, and unique treasure for anyone on your shopping list. Grab your best friend, sweetheart, mom or sister and head to a place that can handle all of your holiday shopping needs. Then treat yourself to something savory at any of our local restaurants.

As part of this county-wide event, Troy welcomes shoppers to its downtown area as you search for that perfect gift. Clothing and gift boutiques, Fair Trade items and olive oils are just a sampling of what you will find. Also, don’t miss the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center as they host their 7th Annual “Hayner Gift Gallery” on Saturday, Nov. 18th from 10am-4pm. The house will be filled with more than twenty fine artists and vendors, each selling their own special and unique products.

Windows in downtown Tipp City will be decorated with festive peppermint themes and a scavenger hunt will take you from shops to restaurants to win a prize! Visitors will also have the chance to take a photo with Buddy the Elf! One of the best toy stores in Ohio, as well as boutiques and collectibles can be found in this lovely historic downtown.

As you leave Tipp City, travel west on St. Rt. 571 to the charming community of West Milton.  Then turn left to explore the historic downtown specialty shops. Be sure to plan a stop at the Pearson House restaurant for a slice of their homemade pie.

You will find The Village of Covington by traveling north on St. Rt. 48. This community is a must see this holiday season.  They will be offering sleigh rides from 6-8 on Friday, photos with Santa on Saturday from 1-4, and house tours on Sunday. Tickets will be available at the downtown shops.

Your final discovery will be found as you head east on St. Rt. 36 straight to downtown Piqua.  There you will find the businesses will be decorated and ready to provide shoppers with an old-fashioned holiday shopping experience with excellent service, a warm smile and absolutely no shortage of incredible gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list.

There is so much going on during this weekend that you must stay a night (or two)! Area hotels are offering holiday packages and special discounts on overnight accommodations. For more information visit homegrowngreat.com.

Lake Erie Ice Harvesting

For modern Americans, grabbing hamburgers to grill for dinner or making an ice cream sundae on a hot day is as simple as opening the refrigerator or freezer.

This wasn’t always the case.

Cold beverages, frozen treats and refrigerated perishables were once the exclusive luxury of the affluent. Beginning in the early 19th century, the ice harvesting industry revolutionized the lives of common people by providing them with cheap, abundant ice.

One of the biggest ice producers was Lake Erie and its Sandusky Bay.

The latest special exhibit at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, “‘Ice for Everybody:’ Lake Erie and America’s Ice Harvesting Industry” will explain the story of how the Sandusky area became the center of a century-long mammoth industry that changed the way Americans lived. The exhibit will be open November 3, 2017 through February 25, 2018.

“The only connection most people have with this topic is the first three minutes of the Disney movie ‘Frozen,’ and that’s unfortunate,” said Kevin Moore, associate curator of artifacts. “We are all connected to this topic, and we don’t even know it.

“Why is beef a staple of the American diet today? Ice-refrigerated train cars allowed a massive meat packing industry to develop. There is much of our modern culture, particularly as it relates to food and drink, that owes its existence to the ice harvesting industry.”

Through historic photos from the museum’s Charles E. Frohman collection and artifacts, such as an icebox and tools used in the trade, this exhibit will show the impact Northwest Ohio icemen and their work on the frozen lake and bay had on a national industry. The exhibit also will feature videos of locals who remember the days when their food was refrigerated in iceboxes with big blocks of ice.

The exhibit takes its name from an 1881 New York Times article detailing the ice-harvesting boom. The newspaper said there was “plenty of ice for everybody.”

As artificial refrigeration was developed, the industry began to wane and was gone by the end of the 1940s.

“Ice harvesting is the nation’s forgotten industry,” Moore said. “It employed tens of thousands of farmhands, laborers and railway workers through the winter when they would otherwise be desperate for work. At the industry’s peak, these icemen annually harvested 25 million tons of ice from the country’s waterways. That’s significant.”

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

The Hip Hop Nutcracker puts a modern twist on a holiday classic December 5, 2017. 

Presented by CAPA, the Lincoln Theatre Association, and the King Arts Complex, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist. A holiday mash-up for the entire family, Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker prince travel back in time through a spell cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer to the moment when her parents first meet in a 1980s’ Brooklyn nightclub.

CAPA presents The Hip Hop Nutcracker at the Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad St. in Columbus, Ohio) on Tuesday, December 5, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $22-$52 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of the Brooklyn based theatrical hip-hop dance company Decadancetheatre. It was adapted to contemporary New York City by Mike Fitelson, executive director of United Palace of Cultural Arts, and includes hip-hop interludes remixed and reimagined by DJ Boo as well as an on-stage electric violinist.

For more information, visit www.HipHopNutcracker.com or www.capa.com.