Celebrate An 1870 Christmas

Freetown Village is a valuable Indianapolis nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the general public about life for newly freed slaves in the United States. In their mission, they focus on exploring all aspects of life for this new population, including their first celebration of the holidays as free people. Join Indianapolis’ Freetown Village this Friday, December 11 for their original presentation of An 1870 Christmas, as they explore the new traditions in free African American families before the turn of the 20th century.

Before Kwanzaa offered African Americans an opportunity to celebrate their original heritage, many incorporated similar traditions into the dominant celebration of Christmas. Particularly in Freetown Village, a fictional historic neighborhood populated by newly freed slaves. With the opportunity to finally keep the holidays in their own way, the celebration of community and the spirit of giving took on a whole new meaning.

Experience the joy of Christmas in Freetown Village this Friday, December 11 with An 1870 Christmas. Join Indianapolis artists and actors at the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple Village as they share the rich traditions kept by inhabitants of the historic Freetown Village. The fictional residents of Freetown Village will celebrate their first Christmas in freedom and learn the heartfelt meaning of the Christmas spirit of giving. As they come together to form a liberated community, they learn from their triumphs and from each other what Christmas is truly all about.

Attendees to An 1870 Christmas are invited to join in the fun by donning their own period costumes and participating in the customs of Freetown Village residents. Sing along to favorite holiday songs of celebration. During the intermission, a silent auction will be held in an effort to support Freetown Village, as it continues on its mission to enhance Indianapolis education. This old fashion family Christmas theatre performance adds another element to the rich traditions of Indianapolis theatres during the holidays.

The fun starts at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 11 at the Indianapolis Art Center of Broad Ripple Village. Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door.  Join the Freetown Village Children’s Ensemble the next day on Saturday, December 12. At 3:00 pm they take over the East 38th Street Library for a holiday performance. This Indianapolis event is FREE and open to all Indianapolis people.

For more information about Freetown Village’s An 1870 Christmas and other holiday events, visit their official website. Stay tuned to Fun City for all the latest information on fun things to do in Indianapolis. While you are in the Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, check out these great Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars. Plus, you will see Broad Ripple all aglow for the first time Saturday night after Broad Ripple Lights Up! With great listings for Indianapolis attractions, Indianapolis hotels, Indianapolis shopping and more, Fun City is your source for holiday fun in Indy this year! Happy Holidays for the Fun City family!

An 1870 Christmas
Friday, December 11, 2009

Indianapolis Art Center
820 E 67th St
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Freetown Village Children’s Ensemble
Saturday, December 12, 2009

East 38th Street Library
5420 E 38th St
Indianapolis, IN 46218