Have a lot of finals and final projects to work on? Or maybe you don’t and just have a lot of free time. Either way, take a break, grab some friends and check out these stress-relieving activities.
Christmas at the Pennsylvania House
Head over to the Pennsylvania House Museum in Springfield for a gorgeous holiday display. Built in 1839, the Pennsylvania House was a popular inn during its time. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 6, the museum will have its annual Christmas celebration. Visitors can see historic Christmas decorations and actors wearing costumes from the 18th and 19th centuries. Musicians will perform Christmas carols on the harp and an 1845 Victorian melodeon. Student tickets cost $2 and adult tickets cost $5. Complimentary cider and cookies are provided.
Cedarville Opera House – “A Christmas Carol”
The Cedarville Opera House will present “A Christmas Carol” on Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 8:30 p.m. The actors in this unique presentation use no costumes, and it will include cameos from the audience. The performance will be recorded, and Resound Radio will air the final performance on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Come prepared for a highly interactive experience and a chance to hear your voice on the radio.
Indulge in a finals week breakfast with plate-sized pancakes in a variety of flavors. If you manage to eat two (all by yourself, of course), you get a third free.
If you’re not a morning person, head over after 6 any evening after Thanksgiving to see an amazing display of nearly four million lights. On every hour, the lights suddenly turn off.
Music begins to play, and the lights synchronize with the music in a breathtaking show. You can view the light show, the outdoor miniature village and the Santa museum for $10 per person.
NTPRD Chiller – Ice Skating Rink
Located in Springfield, this indoor ice skating rink is the perfect study break. Go with a date, or grab a group of 15 people or more for discount pricing. Regular admission is $5, and skate rental is $2. If you go during their cheap skate hours, skate rental is free. View their public skate schedule at www.ntprdchiller.com
Make snowflakes, cards and other holiday crafts with your friends in the library’s MediaPlex. The MediaPlex offers an assortment of paper, card stock and shape punches. They also have fasteners, feathers, foam sheets, glitter, magnetic tape, paint, pipe cleaners, pom poms, popsicle sticks, sequins and googly eyes for students to purchase. Let your creativity run wild.
Stoney Creek or Beans-N-Cream
Get off campus and enjoy a hot drink at one of Cedarville’s local coffee shops. Each location offers cozy study spots and great food. Purchase a hot chocolate or a hot caramel macchiato at Stoney. Add a scone to complete the mood. Try the vanilla latte or white mocha from Beans -N- Cream with a muffin or cinnamon roll.
Serve the community of Cedarville with your time and energy. If you have musical talent, go caroling around town or at a senior citizen’s center.
Young’s Jersey Dairy
Every weekday from 3 to 5 p.m., Young’s has their “Milkshakes Make Me Happy” hour. You can get $1.50 off any Cowshake or Bullshake. Have a reverse meal and eat your dessert first. Then grab a meal from the varied menu. Don’t forget their famous cheese curds.
Kaity Kenniv is a junior Biblical studies major and a reporter for Cedars. She loves reading by a blazing fireplace, taking long walks in the autumn and a cup of hot tea in the morning.