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Catching the sun

Hamilton, Ohio – Warning! Obscure reference alert.

Nearly 60 years ago, the British Invasion offered up the 1964 Gerry & the Pacemakers hit, “Don’t let the Sun Catch You Crying.”

Nowadays. Instead of the sun catching you – crying or otherwise – the Fitton Center outreach team plans to catch the sun.

The Fitton Center will be on hand to help celebrate the annual Hamilton Tree Lighting event from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in Marcum Park (116 Dayton Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45011).

The outreach team and volunteers will help guests make snowflake-shaped sun catchers.

Using construction paper, contact paper, multi-colored tissue paper and string, guests can make their own unique versions of a craft that resembles a stained-glass window or a wintry mosaic.

“It’s a relatively simple craft,” said Caroline Digiovenale, education and community experience coordinator. “You layer in colors you like between the papers and put them together to create that suncatcher effect. They are pretty and very appropriate for the season.

“People can make these and hang them in their windows for a little color in the room. They’d also make good ornaments on the Christmas tree. Just like actual snowflakes, each one of these is unique; no two are exactly alike.”

More than 300 people made crafts at last year’s tree-lighting event. The forecast calls for a clear, chilly day with high temperatures in the 40s, so Digiovenale expects similar numbers.

Last year was a pretty mild night, which I’m sure helped,” she said. “But I’m guessing we will have about 300 again this year. This is such a fun community event and we are glad to be a part of it. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit”

The Fitton Center outreach team has one more large-scale public event this year after the tree lighting, appearing from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Saturday With Santa event in Liberty Township.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.

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