Bloomington’s Canopy of Lights, O’Brien’s First Christmas

This week on a special holiday Artworks, we'll explore downtown Bloomington's Canopy of Light, check out the top carols, and hear an new, old-fashioned story.

This week  on a special holiday edition of Artworks,

Bloomington’s Canopy of Lights is a local favorite that kicks the holiday season into high gear, but traditions like that don’t just happen overnight.  Artworks’ Yael Ksander talks to some folks from the Monroe County History Center about the origins of the downtown display of lights.

Also on the program,

Joss Marsh will read O’Brien’s First Christmas. This short story from author Jeannette Winterson tells the tale of a woman who has always felt like an outsider during the holiday season… until a stranger appears one night at the foot of her bed.

And we’ll hear the latest update on Bill Studwell’s list of top Christmas Carols.

Stories On This Episode

Bloomington Sparkles: The Downtown Holiday Canopy of Lights

canopy of lights over the bloomington courthouse square

The Canopy of Lights celebrates more than just the holidays; in many ways it’s a paean to Bloomington’s dynamic downtown.

Jeannette Winterson’s new old Christmas story

A Christmas story for the rest of us—Jeannette Winterson's “O’Brien’s First Christmas” performed touchingly and hilariously by IU professor Joss Marsh.

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