GREENVILLE — First Friday: A Christmas Night took place December 2.
The event featured many indoor activities provided by area shops and restaurants, such as Christmas at the St. Clair Manor, live music at The Coffee Pot and Holiday Open House and Chair Massages at Youniques Boutique. Some outdoor activities, such as free carriage rides and a visit from the Grinch excited young and old alike.
The Grinch is a fictional character created by Dr. Seuss. He first appeared as the main character of the 1957 Christmas story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Kamron Berghoff has enjoyed playing the character for two years. He is the 16-year-old son of Kristen, who owns Sadie Grace, Inc. and manages the Hallmark store. Both stores are located on S. Broadway. Kristen’s older son, Gage, played the Grinch before he left for college.
“I thought of having the Grinch three or four years ago,” Berghoff said. “Hallmark was doing a Grinch promotion with toys, and I just rolled with that. Just about everyone has stopped, as long as the kids aren’t too scared.”
The event brought out shoppers from Piqua: Ben and Aiden Adams and Brayden and Stephanie Walker. This was the group’s first time attending the event. Julie Flach and her son, Travis, of Greenville, also took in the festivities.
“My favorite part of the night are the shops,” Julie said. “Especially the coffee shops,” Travis added.
Sitebound Supplies, Inc. sponsored free horse — drawn carriage rides. Robin and David Oda’s Percheron draft horses Casie and Cinda, from RO-DA-O Farm, in Arcanum, were gilded in Christmas lights leading wagons rides. The cold weather did not stop crowds of people awaiting their turns for rides in front of the Darke County Courthouse. The free horse — drawn carriage rides also took place on December 3.
In addition, free horse – drawn carriage rides are available December 10 and 17, from noon until 2 p.m. Main Street Greenville, is a non-profit organization. Funding for the carriage rides, requires sponsors. The three ride dates, December 3, 10 and 17, were paid for by people in the community, according to Main Street Greenville’s Executive Director Amber Garrett.
“We did a crowdfunding campaign,” Garrett said. “This is an on — line platform, where people can make donations for a cause or an event. We were able to raise more than $1,500 to bring the horse carriage rides here on those three Saturdays. We had 25 people contribute – three businesses and 22 local citizens.
“Thank you to the following supporters who donated to our crowdfunding campaign to bring free horse-drawn carriage rides to our community for the three Saturdays in December: EUM Church, The Merchant House, Greenville National Bank, Anonymous, Jason and Tonia Penny, Sean and Kristi Strawser, Sara Grieshop, Dan and Jeni Berger, Mike and Kim Bowers, Lauren Warner, Mark and Cindy Libert, Dave and Beth Fiely, Daniel and Cassidy Helman, Terry and Carol Haworth, Bob and Kathy Brandon, Ty and Debra Winterrowd, Rick and Betty Birt, Anonymous, Pam Downey, Erica Sprenkel, Rob and Amber Garrett, Linda Zerkle, Matt and Jen Staugler, Peggy and Steve Schultz and Eric and Kim Blumenstock,” Garrett said.
For information on future events, visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org.