Welcome to our own "Winter Wonderland"!   I think I have finally gotten the ice off my van windows.  This is about the only time of the year that a warmer climate looks good... 

 Are you still Christmas shopping?  Don't forget that many of the Plattsmouth merchants offer gift cards or certificates.  Giving these to the people in your life is a really smart way to support local businesses and give a thoughtful gift at the same time.  Plattsmouth is fortunate to have some unique businesses that offer great services or merchandise for a reasonable price so be sure to ask the next time you are in a business in town.

Looking ahead past the holiday season, this next item looked like a great way to ward off January boredom for any young thespians in your family.   

THEATER WORKSHOP -- The Lofte Community Theatre is gathering its most talented artists for a classroom environment to teach and prepare young actors and actresses. Four separate sessions will cover Acting Basics, Intro to Dance, Vocal Audition and Stage Combat.

 This workshop is Saturday, January 23rd from 10am to 2:30pm.  Enrollment is open to young people ages 10-18 at any level of experience. Space is limited. Tuition is $50 per student and includes a box lunch. 

 Questions may be directed to Anne Pope at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  To obtain a registration sheet, please call the Lofte box office at (402) 234-2553 or download it at

And there is still one more weekend of the show playing at the Lofte:

"Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" at the Lofte
Manley, NE [November 19, 2009]- The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces that its holiday production of Robert Fulgham's "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" will open on Friday, December 4.  Fulgham is perhaps best known for writing the humorous book, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." 
Directed by Kevin Colbert, "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" weaves together a string of Christmas stories and original holiday songs.  It is a charming look at the struggle to find the spirit of Christmas amid the avalanche of commercialism and chaos that descends upon us each December.  Actors will be accompanied on stage by Lynnette Zimmer playing a baby grand piano onstage through much of the show.
The cast consists of Chuck Danskin of Lincoln, Virginia Kincaid of Elkhorn, Scott Pope of Eagle, Anna Strobel of Omaha and Kevin Colbert of Weeping Water.  Performance dates are Dec 4-6, 11-13 and 17-20.  Showtimes are 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday.  Sunday showtimes are 2pm.

Tickets are $16, and reservations can be made by calling the Lofte box office at (402) 234-2553 or purchased online at


The Lofte Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization supported in part by The Cooper Foundation, The Midlands Community Foundation, and the Cass County Visitors Promotion Committee.  The Lofte Community Theatre is dedicated to providing opportunities for area residents of all ages to participate in the creation process and companionship of live theatre in rural Nebraska and to enjoy the social, artistic, and educational benefits of this art form.

Plus Mahoney State Park's theater is currently offering the show:

A Christmas Lottery:  by David Brandl and Charles & Donna Ault

The play is a "Christmas Story" that tells the story of George and Mary Williams who are 40 million dollar lottery winners. They host, "Radio Riches", a local broadcast where they receive calls and letters from people seeking assistance and share stories about people they help.

Show times vary as do ticket prices since you can go for both dinner and the show or just the show.  Check out their website,, for more information. Either of these plays would be a fun way to spend an evening enjoying our local talent!

The dining room at Mahoney State Park is also offering both Christmas Eve/Christmas Day buffets and New Year's Eve/New Year's Day buffets.  Not only is the food great but so is the view from the dining room!

Speaking of New Year's Eve, our VFW post is offering a steak dinner, live band, party favors, and early morning breakfast all for $20 a ticket.  So stop in to the VFW to purchase your ticket!  It is always a fun evening.

And last but not least, don't forget the last day of school is Thursday, December 17th with Friday, December 18th being the first full day of vacation.  The students go back on Monday, January 4th!  

Have a great week everyone, enjoy the countdown to Christmas, and as one of my friends said today, if it doesn't get done, it wasn't supposed to be done anyway!  I love that thought, be grateful for what you do get done and don't sweat the other stuff.