The villages of Genoa and Pemberville will usher in the holiday season with
Jan Pugh and “Frosty,” one of the pieces
open houses and special events the weekend after Thanksgiving.
The Genoa Merchants will sponsor their Holiday Open House event Nov. 27, 28 and 29.
The special holiday event will offer the perfect occasion for family members and friends to get together, get a jump on their holiday shopping and maybe enjoy a leisurely lunch – one that doesn’t include turkey leftovers. In addition, some of the merchants will be offering drawings and specials.
At Packer Creek Pottery, shoppers will find unique and colorful majolica pottery created by artist Jan Pugh. Packer Creek Pottery can be found in the homes of many celebrities, including Jerry Seinfeld, Julie Andrews, Barbara Bush, Queen Noor of Jordan, Cokie Roberts, Jamie and Joy Farr, Katie Holmes, and The White House. Pugh specializes in handcrafted items in a wide variety of patterns and designs, including festive holiday patterns.
Just next to the pottery shop is Genoa Custom Interiors, which features rooms of home-decorating and gift ideas including furniture, jewelry, purses, scarves, silk floral items, etc.
On Main Street, find a bit of nostalgia at Ivy’s Vine. Shoppers should plan to take time to check out all the shop’s nooks and crannies for the eclectic array of collectables, specialty items, beading materials and more.
At Genoa Jewelers, also located on Main Street, shoppers will discover an amazing assortment of clocks and collectibles. Owner Frank Komives will help shoppers find or even design that special piece.
Hours for most of the merchants are Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come watch as the village tree is lighted on Friday evening at 7 p.m. In addition, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Town Hall in an historic open fire truck, while Genoa school students fill the air with Christmas carols. Refreshments will follow at the Gazebo.
Christmas in the Village
Hometown holiday hospitality will prevail as Pemberville hosts its annual Christmas in the Village Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The celebration will include:
• Once again, Pemberville’s Opera House will be the setting for annual Festival of Trees, which this year, is themed “Christmas Across America…From Sea to Shining Sea.”
Decorators have adorned 14 trees, which will fill the house with color, while local musicians will fill the air with holiday tunes on the piano, dulcimer and bells. Among the scheduled performers are The Brick Street Strummers, Bethlehem Lutheran Church Bell Choir and Back Porch Dulcimers, along with a number of individual pianists. Admission is $5 per person, with proceeds benefitting the Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society.
Tickets, which are available at the door, include complimentary refreshments, the chance to “vote” for your favorite tree and an entry into a drawing for Opera House season tickets.
• The historical society will host a Holiday Bake Sale in the Town Hall. A variety of homemade treats, including candies, cookies, sweet breads and more will be available. All proceeds will benefit the society’s continued restoration/maintenance efforts.
• Pemberville’s oldest frame house will be decked out and open for free tours. Local decorators will adorn the Pember-Furry House and One Room School with the theme, “And the Stockings Were Hung by the Chimney with Care,” incorporating Christmas stockings, sock monkeys, and rolling pin and cookie tin collections. The art of “sock-making” will be demonstrated throughout the day and costumed hosts will share tidbits of Pemberville history and the art of Springerle cookies, which are an old German tradition.
The works of Pemberville Elementary first-graders will be showcased in the One Room School. Sweet smells of the past will prevail both in the old smokehouse and blacksmith shop out back. Guests may enjoy the demonstrating blacksmith, who will be creating a variety of heirloom keepsakes.
The Historical Society’s ever-famous sausage on a stick will be offered throughout the day.
• Christmas carols will ring throughout the downtown area, as will the clip-clop of carriage rides, which will be sponsored by the Pemberville Independent Merchants Association for $1 per person.
• Direct from the North Pole, Santa Claus will make appearances in town.
• A card-making station will be set up in Pemberville’s Medicine Shoppe from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cards created will be sent to active military personnel.
• Beeker’s General Store will host complimentary tastings, including Christmas scone mixes from Healthy Bakes by Catherine and a variety of natural honeys from Wines Bee Yard.
• Complimentary marshmallows and sticks will be offered for roasting around the holiday fire.
• Riverbank Antique Market will host its Holiday Open House featuring a variety of vintage Christmas collectibles and keepsakes.
• Downtown Deco will partner with the Wood County Unit of the American Cancer Society for the kick-off of their annual Holiday Wreath/Swag Sale. Fresh wreaths/swags will be available for purchase, and orders will be taken as well.
• Poppin George will be making his kettle corn downtown.
For more information, call 419-287-3274.