This Sunday the Lafayette Master Chorale continues their 53rd season at First Baptist Church in Lafayette. WBAA's John Clare spoke with artistic director Michael Bennett about the concert A Prayer for Peace.

Learn more about the concerts here

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Margot Marlatt, cellist and Artistic Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, and trumpeter Mo Trout about the next performance, Holiday Brass, Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00pm at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette.

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The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, December 18th, and features selections for the holidays. On the program is music by Heinrich Schutz, Roland de Lassus, as well as selections by Frank Ferko, Charles Parry, and Witold Lutoslawki. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says the program features music old and new, including music for ensemble and piano. WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Lein about “Christmas Concert” in the WBAA studios.

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The Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society presents Holiday Brass Tuesday, December 13th at 7pm in St. John's Church. Bruce Knepper and Kyle Knepper, trumpet; Jason Ausban, horn; Bill Kisinger, trombone; and Jay Gephart, tuba will play sacred and secular songs. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Margot Marlatt and Jay Gephart about the concert.

  A heartwarming Christmas story is always welcome during the holiday season, and Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop is just that - and more. Rosie is a city girl that moves with her husband to the small town of Lipton, and embraces her new life with surprising enthusiasm. When tragedy hits Lipton, Rosie does not hesitate to aid in getting the town back on its feet. With fun twists around every corner, this first book in a series about Rosie is sure to become a favorite every December. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Thanks to a new law, for the first time in decades, Hoosiers will be able to buy alcohol on Christmas Day.

Before the bill allowing Christmas alcohol sales was passed last spring, Hoosiers who ran out of wassail or eggnog on Christmas had to wait until Boxing Day to buy re-enforcements. The old law, stricter than current Sunday alcohol restrictions, meant people couldn’t even buy a drink in a restaurant—one of the main reasons bill author Rep. Tom Dermody thought the rule needed to be revisited.

White Snow A No-Show This Christmas

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It may not feel like winter this December, but the winter solstice -- marking the longest night and shortest day of the year -- occurs Monday night. With cloudy skies and rainy conditions, the day may seem even shorter.

And you can hum the song all you want, but a white Christmas probably isn't in the cards for Indiana this year.

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Back in Billy Brand’s early days in the restaurant business, he and his coworkers would take bets on how many Christmas sweaters they’d see in a given night. Now, he’s throwing his own ugly sweater parties. He says it’s a way for young people far from home to create a corny family tradition of their own.

"Friendship groups want to have a sense of family within themselves," he says, "So this become an odd, not quite mockery of that, but an acceptance and inclusion of it."

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It’s become almost as much of a holiday tradition as chestnuts roasting on an open fire: a court battle over where a nativity display may be erected.

In Southeast Indiana’s Franklin County, such a display on the county courthouse lawn has prompted the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation, in cooperation with the ACLU of Indiana, to sue the county.

County commissioners president Tom Wilson says the plaintiffs are late to the party, as it’s a display that’s gone up for the last 60 years.