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People line up for wassail at shops on the Square during last year’s Wassail Fest, held during the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival. Icy weather canceled last weekend’s festival, but Wassail Fest and a small tree lighting have been rescheduled for Friday night.
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Ice-stricken events back on calendar

Last Thursday’s ice storm, coupled with freezing temperatures that kept the outdoors slippery into this week, had a number of Denton groups raising the white flag.

Those same groups wouldn’t be totally defeated, however. A number of iced-out events are on again this weekend.

Denton Holiday Lighting Festival organizers have opted for a micro-lighting on Friday night. It will be a small tree-lighting ceremony during the rescheduled Wassail Fest.

Wassail Fest is an annual winter contest among the downtown businesses of the Denton Main Street Association to determine which shop concocts the best spiced cider. (No alcohol allowed, though.)

Wassail Fest will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday on the downtown Square. The tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Courthouse on the Square. About 30 local businesses will offer tastes of wassail. Tasters can find out where they can try a cup when they arrive at the Square on Friday evening.

A number of wassail stops are also participating in another rescheduled event: First Friday Denton. Galleries around downtown will keep open their doors Friday evening for art exhibits, music and refreshments. For more information, visit http://firstfridaydenton.com.

Denton Community Theatre’s Theatre School has rescheduled “A Kid’s Christmas” to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at the PointBank Black Box Performing Arts Center, 318 E. Hickory St.

“A Kid’s Christmas” includes activities and a visit with Santa and his elves (parents and grandparents should bring their cameras) and a performance of The Littlest Angel. The short play is performed by Theatre School students and tells the story of how a loud little angel with a scuffed halo and tatty wings gives the most important gift for Christmas in all of heaven. All tickets cost $10.

Cardo’s Farm Project rescheduled its children’s fall workshop, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1599 Mingo Road. Students will learn about the farm’s animals and what happens on the farm during the winter. Children will get acquainted with the new farm property and might even help give the chicken coop a makeover. The workshop is for ages 4 to 10 and costs $25 per child. To register, visit http://bit.ly/IG1Amd.

Oxide Gallery rescheduled its monthly Gallery Night to 6 p.m. Saturday. Gallery Night is a mixer with drinks and refreshments as well as the monthly opening reception for the gallery’s new exhibition. The gallery, at 115 Eagle Drive, specializes in exhibiting and selling art by artists who live in Denton and North Texas.

— Lucinda Breeding

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