Winter Lights in Ivester

ARCANUM – This December, the Arcanum Area Business Association is once again sponsoring “Winter Lights in Ivester”, at Ivester Community Park in Arcanum on the three Saturday evenings leading up to Christmas from 6-9 p.m.

The trees will be lit and synchronized to music playing in the park. The park will also be lit with displays from various businesses, organizations and groups from Arcanum.

On Saturday, Dec. 5, Arcanum will have its Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. to welcome Santa to town. Santa will be downtown to greet children after the parade, and that evening he will also be at the park to meet with them. That evening will also officially kick off the “Winter Lights in Ivester” for the season from 6-9 p.m.

The next Saturday, December 12th, will feature free carriage rides provided by Ro-Da-O Farm. These horse-drawn carriage rides will begin downtown at Veterans Memorial Park, journey to Ivester Park and after a ride through the park, return to Veterans Park.

The final Saturday, Dec. 19, will have a special event for the children. Bring flashlights for a “Candy Cane Search” in the park at 6 p.m. Candy canes will be hidden for the children to find, and some of the candy canes will have extra surprises attached to them in the form of cash or gift certificates donated by local businesses. Please remember to bring a flashlight and each child will be limited to finding two candy canes each.

Of course, each Saturday will feature the lights and music. Santa will also be there to meet with the children and Girl Scouts Troop 32131 will provide each of Santa’s guests with a special ornament as a gift. These ornaments will be made by the girls in the Troop, which currently has 37 members and is led by Shannon Denniston, with assistance from Morgan Parks, Britney Bollinger, Leah McCoy, Kristin Fugate and Robin Constable. There will also be a fire pit to warm yourself, S’mores to enjoy, and other refreshments provided by FHC Fellowship.

Many businesses have donated to the light display as well as to the gift certificates. These include: Greenville National Bank, Second National Bank, Garbig & Schmidt, Lyle Bixler Realty, Troutwine Auto Sales, Modern Impressions, Keith Troutwine Insurance Agency, The Rose Post, The Village Flower Shop, Nancy’s Beauty & Tanning Salon, Sink Jewelers, Picnic’s Pizza & Grille, RJ Warner Insurance, Orme Hardware, Sutton’s Super Value, Cut and Curl, Yes Deere Hair & Nail Boutique, Miller’s Tavern, Belle Fiole Tanning & Spa, and Creme de la Creme Cakery.

“It is the second year for this event, and hopes to continue to grow each and every year. A special thank you goes out to the Arcanum Utility Department for all of the hard work adorning the park with lights and additionally to everyone who has donated lights and decorations for the display,” said organizers.

To donate for next year’s event, lights and displays can be brought to the Arcanum Village Offices during regular business hours, or financial contributions can be made to the Arcanum Area Business Association, P.O. Box 112, Arcanum, OH. For any information concerning this or other events in Arcanum, please visit the Arcanum Area Community Events page on Facebook.

Staff report