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History theater hosts musical fundraiser

The Douglas County History Theater hosts its annual fundraiser, Christmas Musicale, on Dec. 22. It features some of the best musicians in the Twin Ports — the Soul Sisters, violin duo Austin Engelhardt and Gabrielle Koepke, Izzy Bromdahl and the musical group Born Too Late, according to Tony Tracy, historical society director.

Tracy recalls his childhood of a small town, snow falling through the street lights, the town's Christmas decorations and Toyland in the basement of the local Cooperative Mercantile, which was some of the earliest department stores. Christmas cards were covered with images from the great Norman Rockwell and although we had differences, we all seemed to pull together when it was needed and especially during the holidays.

"As you passed people on the street, everyone had a smile with rosy cheeks and children playing in the snow with no fear of a strangers glance," Tracy said. "We are striving to provide a warm, safe environment that is decked out in the colors of the holidays and to maybe close your eyes as you hear beautiful voices take you back in your lifetime to a magical season as well."

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for children 14 and younger. The Douglas County Historical Society, 1101 John Ave., is accessible for all. Holiday treats, coffee, punch and water served. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the historical society. Call (715) 392-8449 for information.