Calendar of events: Oregon pianist Corey Pappas to perform Christmas concert

Tammy Walro

        The festive sounds of the holiday season will ring through the Maumee Indoor Theatre Tuesday, Dec. 21, as Oregon musician Corey Pappas presents a holiday concert.
        The show, which will begin at 6 p.m., will also feature singer Cathy Klewer and and the Pan Orthodox Toledo Choir, comprised of members of the four Orthodox churches in greater Toledo.
        Admission is free; however, donations will be accepted to cover the cost of the theatre. The Maumee Indoor Theatre is located at 1601 Conant St.
        Despite being born blind, Pappas has been playing piano since he was 4 years old. Born with cerebral palsy, he plays only with his left hand.
        He credits his grandmother, Maria Pappas for inspiring him and encouraging his talent. “I was sitting on my grandmother’s lap as she was playing, and she would have me listen,” Pappas said. “Then she would guide my hand and I would imitate what was being played.
        “I play Suzuki style, which is basically all by ear,” he said. “It helps that I have perfect pitch – the ability to sing any note without going flat.
        “My parents, Mike and Barb, are also musically inclined,” he said. “We all sing in the choir at St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church in Sylvania.”
        Pappas, 31, has previously performed Christmas concerts, including a performance at the Collingwood Arts Center in 2019. He has also performed at other locations, including at Metroparks Toledo’s Wildwood Manor House, and with his friend, musician and actor Dawn Yard, at the East Toledo Senior Center, prior to COVID-19.
        He greatly missed performing and interacting with audiences during the pandemic.
        “It was very hard for me when COVID shut everything down,” he said. “I did a virtual performance on the internet, but it’s very hard to do that. I much prefer in-person performances.
        “When it comes to music, it’s all about feeling, and how you play,” he said. “For me, that became apparent with my experiences under the direction of Allison Krzyminski, one of my longtime inspirations. She was a choir teacher in Oregon City Schools when I was in middle and elementary school.”
        “Honestly, I’ve been inspired by many people throughout my life,” he said.
        In addition to performing, Pappas composes and arranges music by listening to the sound of the keys on the piano.
“Music has also inspired me through theater,” he said, adding that he is currently working on a play.
        Pappas also pursues his other creative interests working at Sunshine Studios in Maumee, a community studio open to artists of all ages and abilities. Opened in 2014, it is owned and operated by Sunshine Communities. He primarily works in clay and ceramics, though he loves painting as well.
        Those interested can hear Pappas perform on YouTube.
        Through Dec. 30: Lucas County Holiday Light Show, through Dec. 30, Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key St., Maumee. Sunday-Wednesday, 5-9 p.m.; Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5-11 p.m. Drive-thru show featuring dozens of dazzling holiday-themed light displays.
        Through Dec. 31: Lights Before Christmas, Toledo Zoo, through Dec. 31. Enjoy more than 1 million lights and 200+ illuminated animal images, snap a photo with Santa at the North Star Trading Post gift shop.
        Through Feb. 27: “The Age of Armor: Treasures from the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum,” Toledo Museum of Art, Levis Gallery. The exhibition explores armor made for the battlefield, tournaments and ceremonies, highlighting armor’s practical function and its cultural role as a symbol of personal identity, social prestige and the values of a heroic past.
        Through March 27, 2022: Chameleon Effects: Glass (Un)Defined, Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibit brings together historical and contemporary works from the museum’s collection to explore the spectrum of technical and formal possibilities of glass.
        Through May 15, 2022: Stan Douglas: Doppelgänger, Toledo Museum of Art, Canaday Gallery. The science fiction-inspired film centers around an astronaut named Alice who embarks on a solitary outer space mission. The work comprises two translucent screens, which can be viewed from either side and display parallel narratives that unfold simultaneously.
        Through June 19, 2022: “Out of the Dark: A Historic Journey,” Toledo Museum of Art. A digital exhibition in recognition of Juneteenth, an observance acknowledging the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.
Dec. 3-5, 10-12: “Elf the Musical,” Fremont Community Theatre, 1551 Dickinson St. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 419-332-0695,
Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18: Santa’s House, corner of Croghan and Front St., downtown Fremont. Fridays 5-7 p.m.; Saturdays 1-3 p.m. Visit with Santa and share your Christmas list. Free.
Dec. 4: East Toledo Christmas Parade, East Toledo, 11 a.m.
Dec. 4: Christmas Tree Ship Arrives, National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front St., Toledo, 1-4 p.m. Watch Santa arrive and deliver Christmas trees at the museum’s dock aboard a Geo. Gradel Co. tugboat.
Dec. 4: Holiday Parade, downtown Fremont, 6 p.m.
Dec. 4: Croghan Colonial Bank Holiday Market, downtown Fremont, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Vendors will be selling unique holiday items in a farmers market-style setting.
Dec. 4: Olde Fashioned Christmas, downtown Oak Harbor, 4-7 p.m. Santa arrives to light the village Christmas Tree at Adolphus Kraemer Park, then children may visit with Santa at the fire station.
Dec. 4: Toledo Walleye vs. Wheeling Nailers, Huntington Center, Toledo, 7:15 p.m.
Dec. 4-5: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Free.
Dec. 4-12: 46th Holidays at the Manor House, Wildwood Metropark, 5100 Central Ave., Toledo, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Each year, volunteers from the community transform over 30 areas of the 30,000-square-foot Manor House into a holiday wonderland. Tour the house and see why more than 40,000 people make Holidays at the Manor House part of their holiday tradition. Reservations for time slots will be required this year to manage the number of people in the House at a time, and masks will be required. Admission is free. 419-407-9810.
Dec. 5: Finders Keepers | Christmas, SeaGate Convention Centre, Toledo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Shop over 100 small businesses. Featuring food trucks, boutique trucks, décor, upscale and handmade items and more. $5 admission fee.
Dec. 5: Friends of Magee Marsh Holiday Open House, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, noon-5 p.m. Shop unique vendors, listen to live music and enjoy holiday decorations. Free gift wrapping. Cookies for sale.
Dec. 5: Toledo Walleye vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, Huntington Center, Toledo, 5:15 p.m.
Dec. 9: Lights of Spiegel Grove Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, 6-8 p.m. Get in the holiday spirit by seeing Spiegel Grove light up for Christmas. Enter the gingerbread house contest and see the “Hayes Train Special” model train display. Free. Tree lighting at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 9-22: Drive-thru Winter Wonderland, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont, 6-8 p.m. 419-332-5604,
Dec. 10-12: “The Nutcracker,” Stranahan Theater & Great Hall, Toledo.
Dec. 10-23: Children’s Wonderland, Sylvania’s Tam-O-Shanter. A NW Ohio holiday tradition, the display features dozens of classic exhibits, train rides, photos with Santa and more.
Dec. 11: Second Saturdays R 4 Kids, Around the World with Col. Webb Hayes, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums Fremont, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (drop-in). Monthly program for kids featuring a craft or activity inspired by the travels of Col. Webb Hayes – son of President Rutherford and Lucy Hayes. This month’s featured stop is Germany. Free admission. 419-332-2081,
Dec. 12: Polar Paws & Santa Claws 5K, Toledo Zoo.
Dec. 15: Million Dollar Quartet Christmas, Stranahan Theater, Toledo, 7:30 p.m. Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley come together again to celebrate the
Dec. 16-19: Disney on Ice presents “Mickey and Friends,” Huntington Center, Toledo. Mickey Mouse is joined by Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy on a journey to discover his favorite memory of all time. Using Mickey’s “Mouse Pad,” show hosts encourage fans to be part of the action and help the gang venture though Disney stories, sharing memorable moments from treasured tales.
Dec. 16-Jan. 2: Winterfest, Fifth Third Field, downtown Toledo. Outdoor hockey returns to Fifth Third Field – Walleye play two games, Toledo Hockey Alumni game, Toledo Hockey Hall of Fame induction and back-to-back Division III NCAA hockey games.
Dec. 17: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas 2021, Stranahan Theater, Toledo, 7 p.m.
Dec. 18: Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run, Gibsonburg, 9 a.m. 5K course starts and finishes at Gibsonburg Town Hall, 526 N. Webster St. Entry fee is a new and unwrapped toy or nonperishable food items. Awards to the adult male and female and youth boy and girl with the ugliest Christmas sweaters. Entry forms available at the town hall or by emailing
Dec. 18, 19, 22, 23: Hayes Home Holidays: Sprits of Christmas, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. 5:30-9 p.m. Experience the magic and supernatural side of Christmas with beloved Christmas stories, including “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens during an evening tour of parts of the historic Hayes Home.
Dec. 26-29, 30-31: Horse-drawn Sleigh & Trolley Rides through Spiegel Grove, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. Ride through the wooded estate of President Rutherford B. Hayes in a horse-drawn sleigh, as he did when he lived there. A horse-drawn trolley also will offer rides through Spiegel Grove.
Dec. 27: Harlem Globetrotters, Huntington Center, Toledo, 7 p.m.
Dec. 29-Jan. 2: The Great Art Escape, Toledo Museum of Art. The Toledo Museum of Art comes alive during its annual winter celebration The Great Art Escape. Bring family and friends to celebrate the season with a diverse array of events. Find the schedule at
Dec. 31: Noon Year’s Eve, Toledo Zoo, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ring in the New Year at the stroke of noon.
Dec. 31: Walleye Madness at Midnight, Madison Street, Port Clinton, 9 p.m.-midnight. Countdown with Wylie and friends. Live entertainment and more.
        In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please visit event websites and social media for updates on safety procedures and scheduling. For more events, visit,, or Submit event information to for inclusion in calendar of event listings.


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