Downtown Winterfest Events Friday Evening

Photos and information by Marlys Barker
Downtown Winterfest Events Friday Evening

Friday evening was the kickoff of the Winterfest 2015 celebration in Nevada.

A number of businesses were open that evening, and Gatherings hosted an art show and a showing of the Nevada Historical Society’s painting, “Moses Receiving the Law,” which was painted by Hamilton R. Mohler. As explained by Henry Corbin, who was sharing information about the historic painting, Mohler was an artist among other things, and the closest he ever lived to Nevada was when he lived in Kansas City, around 1900. He was, however, chosen to do this painting, which was displayed for years in the old two-story Silliman Library in Nevada. The painting hung above the first- floor fireplace.

It was put into storage in the library basement after the old library was torn down. In 2013, the library gave the painting to the Nevada Historical Society. The Historical Society plans to sell the painting, but hasn’t yet listed a price.

Many enjoyed cookies as they browsed around the art show.

Outside at the State Bank & Trust corner, Santa made his big arrival, along with the Mrs. He gave numerous hugs and took many pictures with kids that gathered around him. Eventually he made his way to the big tree on the corner and had a countdown to light the lights. (A video of this appears on the Nevada Journal Facebook page.)

Members of the Nevada High School chorus were in the downtown area, singing Christmas carols for the many residents who made the evening part of their weekend activities.