The lights are up, the vendor chalets are decorated, and volunteers are as busy as elves preparing Fort Steuben Park and the Visitor Center for the 2017 Nutcracker Village and Advent Market to open this week in downtown Steubenville.
“We are just awaiting the arrival of the 150 stars of the show: the Nutcrackers,” exclaimed Jerry Barilla, president of Historic Fort Steuben and one of the founders of the event. “Nelson’s of Steubenville, the creators and fabricators of the nutcrackers, have produced 40 new characters who will join their 100 siblings as they line the walks in Fort Steuben Park on Tuesday, November 21.”
The unique creations will be arrayed under an archway of lights and surrounded by holiday décor including two large Christmas trees- a 32’ one at the fountain plaza and a 22’ one in Land Office Park.
“We can’t wait to see the expressions of wonder and joy on the faces of our visitors this year,” said Judy Bratten, Executive Director of Historic Fort Steuben and one of the organizers of the event. “We have had a wonderful outpouring of help, donations, and volunteers from businesses, organizations, and individuals who have seen the impact the Nutcracker Village has had on the community. Because of their support, we are able to make most of this event free to the public."
The Nutcracker Village will be based at Fort Steuben Park through the holiday season, until January 7. Check out the Nutcracker Village page for the complete schedule.
Historic Fort Steuben may be closed for the season, but you can still find things of interest at the Visitor Center. In the Museum Shop there is a unique selection of books for all ages on local and American history as well as our own Historic Fort Steuben Coloring Book. We stock Masterpiece Jigsaw Puzzles and RoyToy log building sets and locally made wooden toys. Looking for Steubenville, Nutcracker and Fort souvenirs? They are here!
In the lobby there is an exhibit by Kim Hohlmayer of the Steubenville Art Association. And be sure to submit a suggestion to name the singing Nutcracker who is standing guard at the door.
The 2017 Nutcracker Village & Advent Market and the Christmas Wonderland will open on Nov. 21 so the Exhibit Hall is now closed for decorating. Check out the schedule here and here.
Hundreds of drivers pass by it or over it each day. Barges transport coal and goods up and downstream. Fishermen and kayakers enjoy recreation time there. It is the Ohio River – the “beautiful Ohio” – and a significant part of our history, commerce and culture.
Beginning on Monday, Oct. 2, Historic Fort Steuben presents a new exhibit on the river, Riverboats on the Ohio- from Canoes to Showboats: A Century of Change. Consisting of educational panels, models, music and other information, the exhibit gives an overview of the Ohio River in history, the development of river transportation, and its impact on commerce and culture particularly in Steubenville and the upper Ohio Valley.
An opening program will be held on Monday, Oct. 2 at pm. Guest speaker Thom Way will tell tales of the river and the riverboats with information collected by his great-uncle, Fred Way.
The exhibit was developed by Historic Fort Steuben with funding in part by the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and will run through October 14.