Best Bets: A weekend filled with drama

Published 10:28 am Thursday, November 20, 2014

This is a weekend for the arts. With three theater performances, a craft sale, hymns, and tea at the Hormel Historic Home, the weekend is sure to generate happy holiday moods and get everyone ready for December.

1. Hormel Historic Home Holiday Tea and Tour

1 to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Hormel Historic Home

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Treat yourself to a tour of the 1871 home stylishly decorated for Christmas. The event will have include a traditional holiday tea menu with entertainment. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the Hormel Historic Home or online at Call 507-433-4243 for more information.

2. A Handmade Christmas: Indie Craft Market

4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Corcoran Center

Get a jump-start on Christmas shopping and pick up a few things to stick in your own stocking. Bring friends out to shop at thirty-plus handmade indie vendors. The annual event brings creators from all over the Midwest. Friday night’s event will cost $5 for a ticket, and will get shoppers in for first pick at the sales, a coupon booklet, chair massages, and wine/punch and chocolate pairings. People who buy a ticket online before the show will be entered in to win a free makeover from The Style Lounge Salon. Saturday’s event will boast several options for shopping. Refuel with cinnamon rolls in the morning or a “Church Lady Lunch.” There will also be homemade Thanksgiving Pies for sale.

3. Pacelli’s ‘Oliver!’

7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Pacelli auditorium

The show features more than 40 Pacelli students. The musical tells the story about orphans at a workhouse. After working up the courage to ask for more food at suppertime, the workhouse owner kicks Oliver to the street. He then goes on different adventures, getting involved with a gang of children pickpockets, finding a nice home, dodging beatings and murder and finding good in the world. With some characters trying to rob Oliver of his future for their own gain, the musical is one grand adventure. Tickets will be sold at the door for $12 for adults and $7 for students.

4. Austin High School’s ‘Addams Family’

7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Austin High School Christgau Hall

The show tells the story of every father’s nightmare: when Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, grows up and falls in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family — a man her parents have never met. If that weren’t enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. The play is for all ages. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door.

5. ‘She Stoops to Conquer’

7:30 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland Community College Austin Campus

This boisterous and charming comedy of mistaken identities has delighted audiences for more than two centuries with its outright hilarity and nonstop frolic. Two well-bred young men arrive at the country estate of Mr. Hardcastle, intending to court his daughter Kate and her cousin, Constance. But when a mischievous relative plays a practical joke on the two urbanites, the Hardcastle household is launched into a dizzying romp that examines romance and social manners as well as the art of love. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Tickets cost $13, and Riverland students are free.

6. Boiling Point Concert

7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Austin Salvation Army

The Christian rock band will perform to raise funds for the Salvation Army Food Shelf. Tickets are $7 per person. There is a limited amount of space available, so get your tickets early. For more information, call 507-437-4566.

7. Festival of Hymns

2 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

Organist Kalle Akkerman will present a festival of hymns celebrating Christ the King. The public is invited to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church to participate in the music. Akkerman has selected hymns from a variety of Christian traditions including African spirituals, German chorales, French carols and jazz anthems. Austin community members will perform the hymns of faith with Akkerman.