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Villa Maria offers open house

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.

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.