Here’s a hot event to counteract those cold temps.
Santa will be handing out candy and posing for photos at the Third Degree Glass Factory’s Third Friday open house today, Dec. 16, 2011.
Switzer’s Candy, founded here in 1888, will be serving free tastings of their popular licorice and creamy Buttermels. Samplings while supplies last.
Ugliest Holiday Sweater Contest. Don your ugliest holiday sweater and enter the Ugliest Holiday Sweater Contest. You could win acool ornament that comes with its very own sweater knitted by one of the Factory’s artists. Registration is from 6-8:30 p.m. with the contestants marching at 8:45 p.m. The audience picks the winner.
Buy a beverage (Drinks of the Month are Bailey’s Coffee or Hot Chocolate. Virgin Hot Chocolate for the kids) and get a free raffle ticket for Feelin’ Lucky Art Lotto. Tickets drawn at the top of the hour for selected glass pieces created by Third Degree artists.
My Chef Heidi will be offering frosty winter salad with cranberries, pears, nuts and a sweet sherry vinaigrette; holiday nut ball with salami and crackers; pulled buffalo chicken slider with blue cheese ranch slaw; fettucini Alfredo and something sweet. Menu items range from $2-8 each.
You can work with instructors and make a paperweight for $35; bling-bling fused glass pendant or earrings for $25 or the set for $35; Holiday tile for $25; or glass beads for $35.
And you can bring your favorite regular-sized wine bottle, sans label, and the artists will turn it into a glass platter for $15. Over-sized wine bottles are $25.
Participants must be at least 10 years old to make paperweights and glass beads. Glass projects and glass platters must be picked up the following week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday.
Rosewood, known for their three-part acoustic harmonies of the 60s and beyond, will perform at 8 p.m. In addition, they’ll be performing some holiday faves with a Rosewood twist.
Fire Technicians Performance Troupe will dance, breathe and spin the hot stuff at 8 p.m. in the Courtyard.
Among the current exhibits at the Factory is an exhibit by the Weavers’ Guild of St. Louis entitled “Timeless Fiber.” A one night only Weaver’s Guild Truck Show Sale will feature handwoven jackets; hand-dyed and painted silk scarves; felted garments and hats; fiber art vessels and eclectic necklaces of metal, beads, stone and fiber, will be held.