Last weekend saw a Grinch visit the village of Fairport. A holiday stroll occured in downtown Willoughby. A Victorian Tea was sponsored by a local historical society, and Painesville celebrated a downtown holiday event on their square. Today as I write this blog, four inches of snow have fallen in my yard with the promise of more to come. While the events of this past weekend are over for another year, there remains many more local holiday activities for all to share in. Free, family- oriented, educational, and seasonal are the keywords.
Historic Kirtland Village: Nearly 600 nativities are featured this year at the restored historic site. This international look at nativities encompasses thirty countries contributions to the season. An olive wood nativity from Jerusalem might be the highlight of this display. Norbert Coehen, a trained German artisan and Beachwood businessman has nativity creches featured also. Porcelain Lenox pieces and other artwork remind us why the wise men still seek him.
Lake County Historical Society: Victorian Holiday Splendor are the key words to this LCHS seasonal effort. The 1876 home is decked out in all of its holiday colors, bangles, and beads through the end of the month. More than four rooms provide us with a glimpse of the local color and setting made famous in Dicken's 1843 Christmas classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
Downtown Painesville: Many local events dot the remainder of the month for the county seat. December 4th will feature a Spirit of the Season event. December 11th will see the Painesville Women's Chorus perform their Season of Snow Christmas Concert. December 13th is the annual Block Watch Christmas Dinner. The Holiday Lighting Contest will be judged on December 15th. Finally, The Burning River Brass will appear at the United Methodist Church on December 18th for a festive performance.
Downtown Willoughby: While the Holiday Stroll may be completed, Santa is still available nightly at his home at Wes Point Park.
Concord Township: December 13th marks the annual Holiday Lighthing Contest event.
Madison: December 12th will feature a Holly Berry Christmas Tea.
Mentor: The Wildwood Center Concert will be held on December 10th.