The peak tourist season at MHV has come to a close. The outdoor buildings are locked for the season, the Livery Barn Restaurant has closed, and the farm animals have gone back to their winter homes. We experience mixed emotions when things start to wind down for the winter.

However, we are still open for business. The galleries, the store, our conference facilities, and our offices remain functional through the winter. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The galleries and the store are open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on the same days.

Plans are well underway to celebrate the start of the Christmas season with our annual Touch of Christmas/The Living Nativity on Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1. In keeping with this year’s theme at MHV - A Child’s World: From Slate to Tablet – we have invited children’s entertainers, Mr. Ken and Mr. Ben to present a Christmas show in the Auditorium at 7:00 PM. This will be followed by The Living Nativity outside in the stable. On Friday night after the nativity performance, the Eastman Male Choir will present a 30-minute concert in the auditorium. The concert for Saturday night has yet to be confirmed. Both evenings will also include refreshments and sleigh rides.

We are pleased to have the local Vespers Choir presenting Vespers services at MHV on the first Sunday of each month. Their Christmas service will be presented in the Village Centre Auditorium on Sunday, December 2, at 4:00 PM.

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Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.