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WSIU Almanac 12.8.23

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Kevin Boucher

On this day in 1941 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers "Day of Infamy" speech to US Congress a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

In Mt Vernon, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts hosts Supper with Santa in Mitchell Museum. The event is December 15th & 16th at 5pm. Families will enjoy a buffet dinner, craft activity, and the chance to merrily mingle and take photos with Santa. After dinner, walk  The Lights display. Children under 2 are free. Find more details at www.cedarhurst.org


In DuQuoin, see Millions of twinkling lights that make up the three-mile long drive-thru lights experience at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. The display is open through December 30. The first full three weekends in December, the fairgrounds Expo Hall transforms to a winter wonderland with activities and entertainment for children and adults alike.

The 13th Annual Christmas in Carterville has been rescheduled due to weather. The event has been moved up a day and will take place tonight from 5 to 8pm in the downtown area from Grand Avenue to Anderson Street.

  • Santa, Mrs. Claus and many Elves will be there passing out
  • Free hot chocolate and cookies
  • Games and prizes, face painting
  • Caroling and music 
  • Horse and carriage rides
  • NEW THIS YEAR: 360 photo booth and a full-sized carousel 
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Leah Lerner is a media writer, producer, and announcer at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org.
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WSIU Almanac | The Almanac is a weekday feature that provides an overview of events, happenings, and history of the world around us. Each episode provides a little "slice of life" about the day. Send information to us at almanac@wsiu.org or wsiuradio@wsiu.org.