The Arcanum Public Library will host the New York Times bestselling author, AHS Class of 1978 graduate, and native Linda Castillo, author of the very popular Kate Burkholder series tonight at 6:30 p.m. Linda will give a talk and sign books, a small amount of books will be available for purchase. Linda’s maiden name was Coble, she is anxious to have the opportunity to see her hometown again and see old classmates, teachers, and friends.
Grace United Methodist Church, 750 Arcanum-Ithaca Road, Ithaca, will hold their annual Holiday Craft Bazaar and Luncheon on Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items include crafts, unique gifts, candies, and baked goods. Lunch is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with soup, sandwiches and desserts. Please plan to attend.
In recognition of Veteran’s Day, Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society invites local veterans to participate in a round table discussion of their military experiences on Thursday evening, November 9 at 7 p.m. Everyone attending is welcome to bring service memorabilia and photos to share that evening. WWII veterans Herb Anthony and Glenn Eley will join AWTHS members Bill Metzcar, Lynn Trump, Bill Campbell and Larry Wallace. This round table discussion will follow the format of the Coffee and Conversation Series. Anyone in attendance is invited to share stories of their tour of duty or those of their family. Contact Larry at 937-620-2800 for more information regarding the evening. Everyone will receive a 15 x 19 inch flag to fly on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11. AWTHS is located at 123 West George Street, Arcanum.
The Morse Family Gospel Singers are returning to Darke County for two great concerts on November 5; the morning concert will be at the Greenville First Assembly of God at 10:30 a.m. located at 7217 State Route 118 North, Greenville, Ohio and the evening concert will be at the Pitsburg Church of the Brethren at 6 p.m., located at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Rd., Arcanum, Ohio. Jonathan and Heidi Morse have each seen the Lord’s hand move powerfully in their lives having been through trying times and seeing how the Lord has blessed them. Their seven children take part in the ministry as well singing and playing with their Grandpa accompanying them on the piano. Grandpa Bill has been playing the piano for over 50 years and is known by many in the area for his beautiful music. The public is invited to come and listen to this talented family’s gospel music at either or both services. Refreshments will be served following the evening concert.
Don’t forget to put on your calendar the Abbottsville UMC Harvest Dinner on Saturday starting at 4 p.m. or the Holiday Bazaar and Luncheon at Family of God Ministries in Arcanum from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. also on Saturday.
The 2017 Arcanum Christmas in the Park & Horse Parade is quickly approaching on Saturday, December 9. The Arcanum Business Association has partnered with the Arcanum Athletic Boosters to support this local event in Arcanum. The day will begin with breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11 a.m. at Arcanum High School. They will be hosting local craft vendors and artisans inside the Arcanum Field House and throughout Ivester Park. They will have a variety of food trucks available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. staged throughout the park. Be dazzled by the spectacular ice sculptor from 12 to 2 p.m. Bring the kids to enjoy the live nativity petting zoo from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. and have the kids participate making crafts in Santa’s workshop in the Scout House from 3 to 5 p.m.. Beginning at 6 p.m. will be the Candy Cane Hunt in the park complete with prizes for every child. This is a very fun activity for the children to find the hidden candy canes in the park with flashlights. Each candy cane is numbered and they can be redeemed for prizes in the Scout House after the hunt.
The evening will highlight the Christmas Horse Parade beginning at 7 p.m. to officially welcome Santa to the Village of Arcanum. The parade will travel from Main Street through Ivester Park which will be full of lights and festive music. The park will be decorated by local community organizations and businesses, and the children will have the opportunity to meet with Santa after the parade in the Scout House. Also, there will be complimentary horse and carriage rides available after the parade. These horse-drawn carriage rides will begin in the park and journey through the park and continue to the downtown area.
Organizers are in search of more craft vendors for this event. All of the inside spaces within the Arcanum Field House are full, however; there is space available in the shelters in Ivestor Park or you may bring your own tent. Please contact Karin Baker or Erin Fout for more details. You can reach Karin Baker at 937-604-5752 by text or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can reach Erin Fout at 937-459-9467 or email at email@example.com.
Parade entries are being accepted for the Christmas Horse Parade including horse-drawn carriages, wagons, buggies and individual riders. Motorized vehicles and floats that are decorated with festive Christmas lights will also be accepted. To receive a parade application, please contact Kurt Troutwine at 937-459-6405 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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