African American Museum Celebrates Kwanzaa

African American Museum Celebrates Kwanzaa

The African American Museum of Iowa is celebrating the holiday season with a small exhibit looking at a few of the holiday traditions that African Americans have participated in. This year, we will be highlighting traditions such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa and Jonkonnu, African American tradition from the 1800s. Items representing these holiday traditions will be on display in our lobby exhibit case, which will be on display until 1/2/2018. 55 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 On December 2nd, the museum will host holiday craft tables for children to learn about these four holiday celebrations and their connection to the African American community from 11am-3pm. We will also have Mrs. Clause here to read stories and greet families and visitors from 11am-1pm. Two of these crafts will teach visitors about both older and more current traditions celebrated by African Americans in the United States. The first of these is a tradition from the 1800s called Jonkonnu. When Africans were captured and sold as slaves, they brought many religious, ceremonial, and festival traditions with them. Jonkonnu, also called John Coonering, was one that blended West Africantradition and adornment with holiday traditions such as Christmas caroling. During these celebrations there would also be dancing, costumes, masks, plays, and more. The other celebration, which is currently still celebrated in many communities, is Kwanzaa. The name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanzaa,” or “first fruits.” Kwanzaa is modeled after traditional African harvest festivals and celebrated in the seven days between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The primary focus of the holiday celebrates the Nguzo Saba, or seven principles: Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith.The Kinara and the seven candles symbolize ancestry and the earth, while...
Holiday Happenings @ NewBo City Market

Holiday Happenings @ NewBo City Market

Cedar Rapids’ top tourist attraction, the NewBo City Market will be decked out for the holidays with a packed calendar of family-friendly events! 1100 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401   Fridays@NewBo  Friday December 1, 6-8pm – Join us for Fridays@NewBo as we watch A Christmas Story! In this Christmas favorite, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. Friday, December 1st, 8:30pm – Join us to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, partake in an ugly sweater contest, and party in Holiday style!In Christmas Vacation, it’s Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark’s continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.Register now for $5 and receive a FREE beer from NewBo Beer and Wine (a $6 value) at the event. 21+ only.   Visit with Santa Sunday, Dec. 3 at Noon- 4pm – Santa is coming to NewBo City Market! While shopping at the Market for Deck the District, stop to tell Santa what you want for Christmas and get your picture in front of our Christmas tree display. Visit Santa from from noon to 4pm on Sunday, December 3 – it is free and open to the public. Holiday Market NewBo City Market is your one stop shop for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Join us November 30 – December 3 for our Deck the...
Window Wonderland

Window Wonderland

District-wide November 25 (Small Business Saturday) – December 25 Visitors to the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District can experience the spirit of the holidays during Deck the District, with an abundance of events, shopping and more. Main Street’s “Window Wonderland” kicks off the festivities, with businesses decked out for the holidays in a competition that begins Nov. 25, on Small Business Saturday. “This event takes the magic of the holiday season and creates lasting memories,” said Main Street Executive Director Jennifer Pruden. The district, on both sides of the Cedar River, will be transformed to capture the whimsy and wonder of the holiday season, with businesses showing off their creative side through captivating window displays. “Window Wonderland promotes a sense of community during the holiday season,” Pruden said. “This event is a great partnership with business owners, with the goal to create a place where visitors come to celebrate our vibrant district and support the local...
Svaty Mikulas Celebration

Svaty Mikulas Celebration

Friday Dec. 1, 6:30 pm reception, 7pm tree lighting Svaty Mikulas (St Nicholas) Andel (angel) and Cert (devil) will be at the Aces & Eights Saloon, 62 16th Ave SW to greet the children followed by a short presentation on the Czech and Slovak traditions of Christmas. Activities include singing by the Czech Heritage Singers, cocoa and cookies, Christmas Traditions of the Czech and Slovak Republic, Candlelight walk to Kosek Bandstandto light the official Czech Village Christmas...
A Very Cherry Holiday

A Very Cherry Holiday

The Historic Cherry Building 329 10th Ave SE Saturday Dec. 2 10am-5pm   This year’s Very Cherry Holiday open house and studio tour will be held at the Cherry Building on Saturday, December 2nd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Since 2000, the artists and entrepreneurs of the Cherry Building have been hosting this annual event to showcase their work and invite the public to visit their suites and studio spaces.  This year, we will feature a Very Cherry Art Show on the first floor.  The sensational Five Season Jazz Trio will be on-hand to perform holiday music.  The Ceramics Center will have a “walk in workshop” where the public is welcome to try their hand at making ceramics and/or fused-glass artworks, and the Friends of the Library will have a book sale in the basement.  The resident practitioners at Illuminations will conduct various demonstrations, and there will be holiday photo sessions by photographers in the building, and art class demonstrations on the third floor.  Many studios will offer special holiday gift items, refreshments and demonstrations.  The Cherry Building is located at 329 Tenth Avenue SE.  Visitors are welcome to access the building from the Eleventh Avenue Entrance (on the North side of the NewBo City Market) as well.  The wheelchair accessible ramp is on the Eleventh Avenue entrance. We hope to see you...