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Lamplight walking plays return to Columbia Historic Park
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Jane Rozdal, Diane Harrington, Don DeLuca and Ed Rozdal get into the historic holiday spirit at Columbia State Historic Park (Photo by Kelly Leage).

Columbia State Historic Park and Friends of Columbia will present this year’s Lamplight Tour, “A Columbia Christmas Calamity or Aunt Martha’s Travelling Fruitcake” on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Participants will be guided through the decorated town during the walking play while listening to snippets of the town’s happenings. This year’s program titled, “A Christmas Calamity, or Aunt Martha’s Travelling Fruitcake” revolves around the year 1861 where Aunt Martha’s infamous fruitcake is passed from hand to hand; hoping someone (who has never tasted her fruitcake) will blindly accept it.

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Jim Napier and Chuck Waldman play some music for those on a lamplight tour (Photo by Kelly Leage).

A little history and a lot of humor will be sure to make this year’s performance a hit. The tour will end with music, dancing, and refreshments in Angelo’s Hall.

Each vignette was created by the Docent Archives and Library Committee with input from other volunteers and park staff. The script takes hours of time and thoughtfulness to create a work that all ages and backgrounds can enjoy during the holiday season.

Docent-led Lamplight Tours will run Nov. 30 starting at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and leaving every 15 minutes. Tickets are adults (18 and over) $25, Junior (9-17) $15, and children 8 and under are free. Purchase tickets at

All proceeds from the event and weekend packages will benefit the cooperating association Friends of Columbia in the funding of interpretive and educational events and programs at Columbia State Historic Park.

For questions about the event, call (209) 588-9128, visit or stop in at the Columbia museum on Main Street.