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Curtis Fall Festival
Curtis was established as a "railroad town" for the Burlington Railroad. The first tracks were laid in Curtis on October 6, 1885. The first regular passenger train reached Curtis September 15, 1886; although it wasn't incorporated into a village until January of 1887.
The Diamond Jubilee, a yearly celebration established in 1887, took place mid-September to celebrate the birthdate of the town and the anniversary of the railroad. Eventually, the festival transitioned into Curtis Fall Festival.
Curtis Fall Festival continues the annual tradition of a mid-September city-wide celebration: the third weekend of September.
Curtis Hometown Christmas
Hometown Christmas is a holiday open house event. Local businesses open their doors and thank the community for continued support.
Along with the Open House, Hometown Christmas offers many other activities, with changes every year. Some of the past activities include:
Free Movie at the Star Theatre
Santa & Mrs. Clause arrive on the Fire Truck
Craft & Vendor Fair
In the past, the funds raised through the silent auctions have purchased Christmas lights at the City Park, the Nativity Scene displayed by the car wash, and with the help of the City of Curtis, Main Street Christmas lights on the light poles.
Nebraska's Easter City: Easter Pageant
On April 4, 1958 the first community Easter pageant was presented at the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture under the direction of Reverend Frank Hainey and Mrs. Anne Nicklas. It was similar to the Passion Plays of Germany and South Dakota.
In 1961 the format was changed to its present form of "Living Pictures." A narration was added to establish the mood and background of each scene and its accompanying choral numbers.
Children were added in 1971 to an additional scene that shows Jesus surrounded by children.
Governor Charles Thone signed Legislation in 1981 that designated Curtis as Nebraska's official "Easter City".
In 1997 three new metal crosses were erected to replace the original wooden cross that had stood on a hill south of Curtis for many years. The center cross is lighted each night during the Christmas and Easter seasons. It is visible for many miles. the crosses are a tribute to the Living Christ and a symbol of Christianity to all that see them.
The Pageant includes 17 scenes of familiar events, famous paintings and statuary. These include The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, Peter Paul Reubens’ Descent From The Cross and The Pieta by Michelangelo.
The crown of thorns used in the production comes from an original Crown of Thorns plant in Mexico. The helmet, chest plate and leather protector portion of the Roman Soldier uniforms were acquired from MGM Productions and were used in the movies Ben Hur, Julius Caesar and Quo Vadis.
All Scenes have been constructed and painted by local artists. The song "Kyrie" was written by David Cole while he was a student at Medicine Valley High School. The community has presented the Easter Pageant for more than 50 years.
No drama ever written can equal the depth of meaning and beauty of the Easter message. This 90-minute performance is a simple setting that portrays the miracle of death and life anew have thrilled the world for centuries. The Easter Pageant does not merely re-enact the death and resurrection of Christ, it allows you to re-live them. May you experience that new community of love and hope made possible for us and all people through this message of Easter.
We thank you for your interest in the production of the Living Picture Pageant. For more information or if you would like to volunteer your time for the production, please contact:
PO Box 403
Curtis, NE 69025
Medicine Valley Gymnasium • 3 PM
303 Crook Avenue • Curtis, Nebraska
EASTER PAGEANT BAKE SALE • DATE TO BE DETERMINED • CURTIS MALL
8 AM - 5 PM