Hometown holiday hospitality will prevail as Pemberville hosts its annual Christmas in the Village Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1. Festivities are scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.
The village’s annual celebration will coincide with this year’s “Shop Small” National Small Business promotion. Pemberville has a vast number of “small businesses” that exemplify the endeavor of buying local. Highlights include:
• Live Reindeer will be on display in the heart of downtown. Owner Ron Disher and his staff will be on hand to answer questions about the unique animals and their role in helping Santa pull his sleigh.
• Pemberville’s historic Opera House will be the setting for this year’s Festival of Trees, which will feature 14 trees decorated in the theme, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” Holiday selections performed by local musicians will add to the festivities. Admission is $5; children get in free with a paid adult admission. Tickets are available at the door and include complimentary refreshments, the chance to vote for a favorite tree and entry in a drawing for Opera House season tickets.
|Kathy David and her granddaughter, Kensley Herrig,
of Wayne dropped of some blow mold snowmen and
Santas for use in Pemberville's holiday display.
(Press photo by Tammy Walro).
Proceeds raised will benefit the Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society.
• Otterbein Portage Valley is donating a beautiful, fully decorated tree to be raffled, with all proceeds benefiting the Opera House Elevator Fund. Tickets, which are $5 each or five for a $20 donation, will be available at the Opera House or from local merchants.
• The Historical Society will host its annual Holiday “Sweet Shoppe” in the Town Hall, featuring a variety of homemade baked goods. All proceeds benefit the society’s continued restoration/maintenance efforts.
• Pemberville’s oldest frame house will be decked out as Santa’s House and be open for free tours both days. The One Room School will be transformed into Santa’s Workshop and will offer hands-on activities for children. Santa’s elves will be on hand to assist. Sweet smells of the past will prevail both in the old smokehouse and blacksmith shop out back.
• Christmas carols will ring throughout the downtown area and Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to make appearances in town as well.
• Several family photo opportunities/backdrops will be offered in the downtown area compliments of the Pemberville Independent Merchants Association. Families are encouraged to bring their cameras.
• Pemberville’s Drug Store will offer a complimentary Card Making Station Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cards will be sent to active military personnel.
• Beeker’s General Store will host a “Holiday Trunk Show” featuring a number of artisans and craftsmen in the adjacent Henline Building. Beeker’s will welcome artist Carol Connolly Pletz Sunday noon-4 p.m.
• Riverbank Antique Market, along with The Clever Crow, will host a Holiday Open House featuring a variety of vintage Christmas collectibles and keepsakes.
• Higher Ground Coffee Shop will offer featured artwork; Pemberville’s eateries and shops will be open and offering a variety of “holiday specials” both days.
• Pemberville’s Inaugural Lighted Christmas Parade will be the grand finale event, stepping off Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Lighted floats, bands, marching units and more will all be a part of the parade, which will make its way through the downtown area. Call 419-287-3274 for more information.
Throughout the holiday season, Pemberville’s business windows/storefronts will be adorned with an array of blow mold lighted Santas and snowmen, as Pemberville’s Independent Merchants Association (PIMA) attempts to set a world record for the largest assembly of the iconic decorations that have been adorning lawns and porches for decades.
As of last week PIMA had about 70 of the blow mold decorations ¬– big and small, old and newer – many on loan from people from Pemberville and neighboring communities who responded to the “call for blow molds.”
Holiday Lantern Tours
Sauder Village will continue a popular holiday tradition as visitors from throughout the region make plans to attend the annual Holiday Lantern Tours. Reservations are now being taken for the tours, which will be held Nov. 30, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14.
“Our Holiday Lantern Tours offer guests an opportunity to experience the holiday customs and celebrations of the 1900s,” said Kim Krieger, PR/Media Relations Specialist. “The flicker of a candlelit lantern will light the way as guests travel to the 1910 Homestead, District 16 School, Village Church and Elmira Depot to celebrate the holiday traditions of yesteryear.”
A number of retail shops will also be open during the Holiday Lantern Tours, including the Herb Shop, Village Gift Shop and Lauber’s General Store.
Tours last about 90 minutes and will be repeated every half hour from 4-8:30 p.m. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 and up. Special rates are available for members, Inn guests and groups of 14 or more. Due to the length of the lantern tours, this special program is most appropriate for children 6 and older.
For more details or to make a reservation, call 800-590-9755 or visit www.saudervillage.org.
The East Toledo Family Center will present its annual “Holiday Hooray” Thursday, Dec. 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The center is located at 1020 Varland Ave.
The event, which is free and open to the community, will include entertainment, crafts, cookie-decorating and photos with Santa (bring a camera). All children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information or to volunteer, call Jodi Gross at 419-691-1429.
“1940s Radio Christmas Carol”
Genoa Civic Theater and Literary Society will present “A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol” – based on the book by Walton Jones, with music by David Wohl, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held at the Historical Town Hall Opera House, 509-1/2 Main St., Genoa.
Enjoy an entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of a live radio show as, on Christmas Eve 1943, the Feddington Players, broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, N.J., are set to present their contemporary take on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For reservations, call 419-855-3103.
The City of Northwood will hold a tree lighting ceremony Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in front of the administration
building, 6000 Wales Road.
Residents are asked to bring a nonperishable item for the city’s annual Christmas food basket program.
East Toledo Parade
The 42nd Annual East Toledo Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m.
The parade will traverse from East Broadway to Starr to Main and then disband at Front Street at Waite High School.
A number of floats, an antique fire truck, the Zenobia Jeepsters, local bands and choirs are scheduled to participate.
Area civic or community groups or local companies that would like to sign up may call Denny Fairchild at 419-693-9517.
Family Christmas Festival
The Elmore Historical Society, American Legion Post #279 and the Elmore Church of God will carry on the Elmore tradition of heralding in the holidays on the first Saturday of December when it hosts the annual Family Christmas Festival Dec. 7.
The celebration will kick off with Elmore Church of God’s all-you-can-eat pancake, sausage, bacon and egg breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Historical Society barn.
Other highlights include:
• Santa’s arrival by fire truck at 10:30 a.m.
• Cookie-baking and candy-making contest at the Historical Society depot, 9 a.m.-noon.
• Christmas tree lighting and placement of winning Christmas tree ornament at library at 10:45 a.m.
• Pictures with Santa at the Legion Hall (bring your own camera), 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Christmas Craft and Gift show at the Elmore Historical Society barn, noon-4 p.m.
• Stories with Mrs. Claus and kids’ crafts at the Historical Society log cabin, noon-4 p.m.
The Legion will host a reverse raffle and dinner with a $1,000 grand prize awarded later in the day. Proceeds from the raffle will support Post 279 Secret Santa Gifts for local families.
Those entering the cookie/candy contest should bring their entries to the depot between 9 and 11 a.m. Contestants must bring three dozen cookies or pieces of candy in a non-returnable container, along with two index cards – including the contestant’s name, address and telephone number along with the name of the entry, and the other containing the entry name and the ingredients used to make it.
There will be two age groups judged – ages 5-14 (children must do 80 percent of the work) and ages 15 and up. No sheet or bar cookies will be judged. Only drop or cutouts will be accepted. Closed judging will take place from 12-1 p.m. Winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. at the EHS barn during the craft show.
For more details about the contest, call Renee at 419-574-1559. For more information about the Craft & Gift Show, call Rick Claar at 419-377-0700.
Breakfast with Santa
The Genoa Civic Theatre will present their inaugural “Breakfast With Santa” Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. until noon at the theatre, located on the second floor of the historic Opera House, 509 Main St., Genoa.
Kids and adults will be able to enjoy crafts, Christmas music, breakfast and a special visitor from the North Pole. Those attending are invited to bring a camera to capture their visit with Santa.
The cost is $2.50 per person; children must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve a spot, send reservation information and check to Breakfast With Santa, c/o Marcia Busdeker, 611 W. First St., Woodville, OH 43469.
Get in the Mood
“Get in the Mood for Christmas” with pianist Jason Farnham Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Pemberville Opera House.
Back by popular demand as part of the Live! in the House concert series, Farnham, of San Francisco Bay, Calif., has been hailed as the “International Entertainer of Contemporary Piano Music.”
Fans have affectionately dubbed him “Schroeder” from Peanuts because of his toy piano, his witty Victor Borge-style piano comedy antics and the clever way he interacts with the audience.
Farnham is best known for composing music for the Dr. Oz Show (2009-2010 season), and his world peace song and its YouTube video, “Love Around the World.” Fans of Mannheim Steamroller and rich piano instrumentals will enjoy Farnham’s stylings.
Tickets are $10 and are available at Beeker’s General Store or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848
Olde Fashioned Christmas and Parade of Trees
On Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4:15 p.m. Santa’s friends from the Portage District Fire Department will be guiding him through the streets of the Oak Harbor as he announces the arrival 2013 Holiday Season.
Then at 4:45 p.m., St. Nick will magically light village Christmas in Adolphus Kraemer Park. From 5-7 p.m., kids can share their Christmas wish list with Santa at the Portage Fire Station and then enjoy hot cocoa and a cookie. Children can also shop for two free gift items for their loved ones from Santa’s Shop, which will be located upstairs in the fire station. Santa will also be at the Log Cabin from 6-8 p.m. Dec 14 and 21.
Trees on Parade
A time-honored holiday tradition, Christmas Trees on Parade will light up the town again this year. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations are invited to sponsor a tree as a memorial, an honorary gift or a seasonal greeting.
A sign will be placed at each tree displaying the special message and the sponsor. Trees will be displayed on the light posts in the village from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1. Cost for a tree is $35. Forms are currently available online at www.oakharborohio.net, or at the Chamber of Commerce office, 161 W. Water St, Oak Harbor.
For more information, call 419-898-0479.
Dine with St. Nick
The Oregon-Northwood Rotary Club will sponsor the 15th Annual Breakfast with Santa community service event Saturday, Dec. 7 in the cafeteria at Clay High School, located at 5665 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
The festivities will get under way at 8 a.m. with a pancake, egg and sausage breakfast. Activities for children include holiday crafts, stories, face painting and a visit with and photo with Santa.
Tickets are $3 per person, available at the door. For more information, call Peggy at 419-691-5745.
Centennial Parade of Lights
Walbridge Centennial Committee, in conjunction with the Walbridge Fest Committee, will sponsor a Centennial Parade of Lights, which will step off Sunday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. from Railway Park.
The parade will end up near Veteran’s Park on North Main Street where a tree-lighting ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Santa will greet children for cookies and cocoa in the VFW Hall after the parade and ceremony.
Floats, vehicles and other entries are needed for the parade; prizes will be awarded. Call 419-666-8345 for details or to sign up to participate in the parade.
From Nov. 27 through Dec. 18, the Walbridge Centennial and Walbridge Fest Committees will sponsor a collection of hats, mittens, scarves, and gloves at some of the local businesses.
Other holiday activities include a Cookie Sale Dec. 19 from 5-8 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 109 N. Main St. Call 419-419-662-6561 for information about special orders.
Community Christmas Caroling will be held Sunday, Dec. 22 beginning at 6 p.m. Individuals or groups interested in participating may call 419-666-6632.
The Centennial Committee will be selling the rest of the centennial memorabilia, including t-shirts, cookbooks, and alumni photo books at the St. Jerome’s Craft Show on Dec. 7. There are still some books available at the Walbridge Library, however supplies are limited.
Holiday Open House at Magee Marsh
A Holiday Open House will be held Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bird Center at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Oak Harbor.
The Division of Wildlife and the Friends of Magee Marsh are sponsoring the event as a way to thank the community for its support during the past year.
A variety of vendors will be on hand and all items at the bookstore will be discounted. Hand-painted bird ornaments, and cookies and candy will be available for purchase.
The Friends of Magee Marsh will offer refreshments to enjoy while listening to live music by the Twisted Strands. A warm fire and holiday decorations will add delight to the afternoon. There will also be kids’ activities.
Ottawa National Wildlife Area and Black Swamp Bird Observatory will also hold open houses on the same day. Those who attend all three will be entered into a prize drawing.
For questions or directions, call Mary at Magee Marsh at 419-898-0960, ext. 31.
Tree a Rama Charity Auction
The Salvation Army will present the 10th Annual Tree A Rama Charity Auction Sunday, Dec. 8 at Mon Ami Restaurant and Winery, 3845 E Wine Cellar Rd, Port Clinton.
A silent auction will begin at 2 p.m., and a live auction will start at 4 p.m. Proceeds raised at the event will support the Salvation Army's Toy program, which last year provided more than 6,500 toys for 1,900 children.
To donate an item for auction, including a tree, centerpiece, wreath or gift package, call Maureen Saponari at the Salvation Army at 419-732-2769.
Shop the Zoo on Black Friday
Instead of clawing your way through crowds at the mall on Black Friday, why not spend some time with a black-and-white colobus monkey or an Argentine black-and-white tegu?
The Toledo Zoo is open throughout Thanksgiving Weekend, starting with Black Friday hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Get exclusive holiday deals at the North Star Trading Post, which is stocked with gifts for the animal lovers on your list – including products that support animal conservation worldwide. Zoo admission is not required to shop.
After you’re done shopping, stroll through the Zoo and include a stop at Nature’s Neighborhood, the award-winning children’s zoo. Starting at 3 p.m., enjoy the Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank (separate fee for visitors arriving at 3 p.m. or later).
Kathy David and her granddaughter, little Kensley Herrig, of Wayne, recently dropped off some blow mold snowmen and Santas for use in Pemberville’s holiday display. David said she wanted to lend her holiday decorations to the effort, which is an attempt to assemble the most of the iconic holiday decorations in one place. (Press photo by Tammy Walro)