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Friday, November 28, 2014

First Friday at Nickel Plate Arts/Christmas in Lapel December 5-6

The Nickel Plate Arts center at the Judge Stone and Stephenson houses in Noblesville will feature the handmade rustic willow furniture of Greg Adams in the second annual GIFTED 2 Christmas art show. Local artists will display their work in monthlong showing, which will kick off Friday December 5. The nine studio artists will also have their studios open and their art work on display.

First Friday in Noblesville has become quite a festive event, and will include several passages of the train down Eighth street to and from Tipton, Atlanta, Arcadia, Cicero, to Fishers. To see the train pass right by the Judge Stone House is a spectacular and nostalgic event and the Christmas decorations along the streets and inside the stores and restaurants will fill your heart with their beauty.

Gifted 2 Opening Reception
December 5, 6-9 pm

Come to hipstoric Noblesville for First Friday! In the Judge Stone House, we'll be celebrating the Gifted 2 exhibit and sale with artists on hand and arts and handcrafted pieces for sale. After you've checked off items on your shopping list, pick up a map featuring homes and other must-see buildings on the Noblesville Preservation Alliance's third annual driving tour of lights (maps available for $1). Next door in the Stephenson House, get a preview of Comic Book in a Day. An artist will be on hand to talk comics, characters and their craft. Snacks and a cash bar with local beer and wine will be available.

The following day, December 6th, brings the Lapel Christmas Walk. My shop in Lapel will be open 11-8 and I welcome people who support local businesses. The mad frenzied commercialism of BLACK FRIDAY does not have a place in small businesses. We offer an alternative which at least in my case, tries to offer a return to slower gentler times, offering personal interaction instead of snarly indifference. It is sad that the Christmas season has devolved into what it has become. I find it difficult to find the words to address the loss of the simple joy of small town Christmas in America.

Although I will not have any Doorbuster sales, I do have a number of items that are handmade by me that make lovely gifts for the home. I will have a fire in my wood stove where patrons can warm up as well as refreshments. What other store has that?

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