Community residents are once again invited to join Eastern Illinois University's students, faculty and staff for two festive gatherings -- this year titled “Celebrating the Arts” -- scheduled to take place in Old Main (the "Castle").
Guests are welcome to attend either of the two holiday events, the first of which is scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, and the second from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Both will take place in Old Main’s Cougill Foyer.
Parking is available in most university lots after 5 p.m. Guests attending the Dec. 13 event may park in the "X" lot, located east of Old Main.
Following an annual tradition, this year’s gatherings will showcase six holiday trees, five of which feature decorations made by students of Ashmore, Carl Sandburg, Jefferson, Lake Crest (Oakland) and Mark Twain elementary schools.
Refreshments and holiday music will be available at both gatherings.
Family members and others unable to attend either of the two events but who still wish to see their child’s ornament on display are welcome to view the decorated trees between Monday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 13. The building will be open between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday.