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Villa Maria offers open house

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The Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center in Frontenac will hold an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Dec. 11. The event will be highlighted by a special showing of a large collection of Nativity sets donated to the Villa Maria.

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More than 80 Nativity sets of all shapes and sizes will be displayed throughout the chapel and dining room in Marian Hall, the Villa's castle-like signature building. The Nativity sets were collected over a number of years from locations all over the world and were donated to the Villa Maria by a single benefactor from a collection of more than 400 sets.

Guided tours of Marian Hall will be offered, and guests are invited to explore the 70-acre Villa Maria campus. Activities for kids will be on hand, and the Villa's annual holiday bake sale will be held the same day.

Live music and refreshments are planned.

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