Midtown Crossing plans more holiday window displays

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Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 12:00 am

Midtown Crossing’s Miracle on Farnam, a holiday celebration featuring window displays, will be back this year with 21 displays.

Participating nonprofit groups will begin setting up their storefront displays Nov. 19, and the official unveiling of the windows will be at dusk Nov. 23.

Families are invited to Midtown Crossing on Nov. 23 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a Family Fun Day presented by the Omaha Children’s Museum in conjunction with Miracle on Farnam. Visitors will receive three hours of free garage parking.

The displays will be available for viewing all day, every day through New Year’s Day. The best display, determined by a public vote, will earn a $3,000 donation from the Baer Foundation. The late Alan Baer’s great-grandfather, Jonas L. Brandeis, founded Omaha’s J.L. Brandeis & Sons department store.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the celebration and the warm memories to come,” said Ted Baer, Alan Baer’s son and the foundation president.

This year’s new participants are the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, El Museo Latino, Fontenelle Forest, The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben, Love’s Jazz and Arts Center, Nebraska Shakespeare and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.“As we were planning for this year, we knew we wanted to be part of this very festive community event,” said Nellie MacCallum, marketing director of Nebraska Shakespeare.

Returning organizations are the Durham Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, Joslyn Castle Trust, the Kent Bellows Studio, Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha Community Playhouse, Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Opera Omaha, the Rose Theater, the Strategic Air & Space Museum, and event sponsor KETV.

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