There is an abundance of events this weekend and throughout the rest of this year, especially those designed to get you in the Christmas spirit. What, you don’t have plans for this weekend yet? Well, let me give you a few ideas.

One option is the Radio Play, It’s a Wonderful Life that will show at the Mobile Theatre Guild this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. It stars Wilma Haupt, Allen Lyle, Nancy Pierce, Barry Silverman, John Campbell, Ivan Davidson, Danial Mainwaring, and others. This is not a play, in the typical sense, but a reproduction of a 1940’s radio broadcast. The actors all read from scripts at a microphone and all the sound effects are created independently by two other actors on stage. This show was performed two years ago and received a wonderful response.

Historic Oakleigh

Historic Oakleigh

Another option is Christmas at Oakleigh December 5-7, 2008 from 5 to 8 p.m. Join the mythical Powers family as they eagerly await Christmas morning in 1850 Mobile. This live production takes visitors from room to room in the Oakleigh mansion as a 19th-century Gulf Coast Christmas story unfolds at Oakleigh Historic Complex, 300 Oakleigh Place. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available on Saturday and Sunday (vouchers available to Friday visitors). Parents are invited to bring cameras to capture little ones’ visits with a Victorian Santa. Area choirs and vocalists will provide seasonal music. Free gift wrapping will be available for gift-shop purchases while you tour. Refreshments will be served at tour’s end. Admission is $10 per adult, groups of 10 or more, $7, children under 12 and Historic Mobile Preservation Society members, $5. For reservations and information, call 251-432-6161.
 
Also this weekend, more than $50,000,000 of antiques will be on display at the second annual Gulf Coast Antiques, Food, and Wine Festival at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center. Dealers and experts from around the world will be showcasing and selling everything from period furniture and art to vintage jewelry, exotic rugs, and antique maps. Special events include food & wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and lectures. Advance tickets can be purchased through Historic Mobile Preservation Society at $10 general admission (good for all weekend) and $50 for a VIP Weekend Pass (good for entry to all the Festival events). HMPS will receive a portion of each ticket/VIP Pass sold as well as proceeds from the Food and Wine tasting events at the Festival. To purchase tickets, call or email Connie (hmps2@bellsouth.net) or 251-432-6161. This is right up my alley!

If you’re looking for something more active, try the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis on Saturday, December 6th, at 8:00 a.m. This is a fun event for a good cause. Participants are encouraged to wear a holiday themed costume and jingle bells on their shoelaces. You know where I’ll be tomorrow morning!

Bellingrath magic Christmas in lights

Bellingrath magic Christmas in lights

Still can’t get into the Christmas spirit? Sounds like you could use some magic, Bellingrath Gardens’ Magic Christmas in Lights that is. Cindy went last weekend and I’m so jealous! I haven’t been in a couple of years, so I think I’m overdue for some Christmas magic.

So, what will it be – a run, a live Christmas performance, wine tasting, or all of the above? If there are other goings-on that I failed to mention, please share.

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