Christmas

A Christmas Carol 2019

Dec 25, 2019
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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was recorded live at Lamb Arts Regional Theatre on December 20, 2019. 

Credits:

Diana Wooley was our Narrator and Director.

Russ Wooley played Scrooge.

Bryan Deck was Bob Cratchet.
Karen Sowienski and David Madson were our ghosts.

The rest of the cast included Brian Hamman, Wayne Blum, Rick Myers, Donny Short, Krystal Deck, Brock Bourek, Matt Cihak, Mary Madsen, Peyton Machan, and Rosie Markham.  

The Algona Nativity

Dec 23, 2019

The first one was twelve feet wide, still quite a production because Jesus, Mary, and the babe were mud-sculptured, then baked, then painstakingly painted. Back in Germany, Eduard Kaib had been an architect. That’s not to say his hand-made Nativity–all of twelve feet wide–required architectural expertise. It was Christmas, 1944, and Kaib was a long, long way from home. Things just got to him; so he decided to create this most famous barnyard scene, a fully manned–and animal-ed–nativity.

Sarah McSweeny and Jessica Huggenberger

There are so many reasons to love the holidays (and a few going the other way), but our favorite is the music... and the stories. Turn on your radio (or smart speaker or app), and join us as we listen to the best of the season. Let's face it, we all need a little break from the norm.

Dec. 16

Susan and Mark Leonard

For most of us, the holidays are intertwined with the idea of “home.” That feeling you get when you open your own front door at the end of a long day to warmth and light, being greeted with a smile, a kiss, maybe a hot drink, music playing? 

 

As I prepare for a move to the west coast, leaving my current familiar home to make a new one, I ponder what it is that makes us feel at home? Is it people, place, belongings? 

 

Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

People I know have tipi rings on their South Dakota ranch, circles of stones visible only in summer, and then, only when cattle keep the grass down. But they're there, broad circles of half-submerged stones that mark the spots where, years ago our indigenous ancestors pitched tents, footprints of a different time.

Sarah McSweeney

On December 21, 2018, Lamb Arts Reagional Theatre and Siouxland Public Media presented a live broadcast of "A Christmas Carol." We would like to that the Gilchrist Foundation for supporting this collaboration as well as all of SPM's and Lamb's supporters.



  


Audio FileThe Exchange, December 19, 2018Edit | Remove

  The Exchange 121918 

Coming up next on The Exchange, we celebrate the holiday season.  I talk with Morningside College professor Emeritus Bruce Fobes about the history of Christmas and preview a live, radio play production of A Christmas Carol, and we hear a new Small Wonder from Jim Schaap.

Food For Thought - 10-05 Erin Webber-Dreeszen

Oct 5, 2018
Sioux City Journal

Fancy Watermelons, ice sculptures, beer, wine and cheese galore! It's all part of Artilicious which exists ostensibly to show people what is available for fall and winter catering at HyVee, but it's also a great way to get people in the door and think about art for awhile.

A Christmas Carol 2017

Dec 25, 2017
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A Christmas Carol performed by friends of Siouxland Public Media on December 13. 

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Okay, it’s time to get serious. Before you talk about miracles and magic, let's have a good cold look at what happened in No Man's Land between British and German troops, December, 1914. Before you grab the Kleenex or get all teary and sentimental, you should remember that perfectly good reasons explain why peace broke out amidst war, why, for one unforgettable Christmas, a battlefield became an enchanted cartoon.

Be reasonable. The magic of that moment is perfectly explainable.

Dr. Todd Young helps explain and describe what and what couldn't be the North Star, right here on KWIT.

From everyone at KWIT/KOJI, Merry Christmas!

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Follow your curiosity to the Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College.

Happy Friendmas

Dec 14, 2017

Our first annual holiday request show went live on Wednesday, December 13, hosted by Shelby Pierce and Mara Hall.     

Today, to help keep your spirits merry and bright this season, I am recommending a trio of my personal holiday favorites.

Something happened way back when, a crime long gone from the memories of anyone downtown Hawarden today. Probably never made the Sioux City Journal, but everyone in town, circa 1895, had to know because when the mighty fall the crash is as momentous as it is memorable.

This man was of high standing, among the pastor’s closest friends, a saintly man caught with his hands in the till, grabbing a fortune more than a few buffalo nickels. That good man’s fall affected a precocious little girl for the rest of her life, a child who became a novelist and never forgot.

  Gretchen chats with Iris Hammer from the Pastry Parlor about holiday confections and memories from her years as a girl growing up in Germany.    

Holiday Spectacular

Dec 15, 2015

SPM’s Gretchen Gondek speaks with Tracy Bennett from Siouxland Civic Dance about the Holiday Spectacular, happening this Saturday at 3 p.m. The event will be held at the Orpheum Theatre and features over one-hundred performers in holiday songs, verse, and dance.  This year a living nativity will be staged as well as the classic “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.” 

This week Gretchen speaks to Sarah Peterson, executive director of Support Siouxland Soldiers, about “Holidays for our Heroes,” a program to assist Siouxland veterans and military families with gifts, groceries, dinner and more.

Gretchen speaks with Ryan Haskins, music director and conductor of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, about the “Christmas Spectacular.” The concert will feature holiday favorites, a sing-along, and guest Simon Estes. It takes place this Saturday evening at the Orpheum Theatre

A Christmas Carol

Dec 9, 2015
Sioux City Community Theatre

SPM’s Gretchen Gondek speaks with Rebecca Brown, general manager of the Sioux City Community Theatre, about A Christmas Carol, the holiday classic by Charles Dickens running December 10th through the 20th.  The Siouxland Food Bank and Sioux City Public Library will partner with the theatre this holiday season.

Motivated by the success of last year's Christmas in the Sioux, Mitch Martin and Travis Barnes set out this year to make a follow-up album of holiday music performed by local musicians. The result of their efforts is Christmas in the Sioux Too. Like the first album, this collection of songs evokes the feeling of spending Christmas in our little corner of the world. Heath Davis's rockabilly take on "Run Run Rudolph" opens the album. It's a hard driving little number that doesn't take itself seriously.

Morningside College

This will be the 20th anniversary of Christmas at Morningside, and to celebrate, the college has commissioned new arrangements from Stacey V. Gibbs, who has, in addition to the arrangements, written original music for accompaniment.

SPM’s Gretchen Gondek speaks with Dr. Sean Burton from Briar Cliff University about the upcoming performance of the Christmas portion of Handel’s much beloved “The Messiah,” to be presented free and open to the public, Friday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m.   The concert will be at St. Boniface Church.