Check out Shoptoberfest this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society building, 123 W. George St. This is new, first-time event created by four local friends who wanted to provide a fun shopping event for the fall season. The four ladies are entrepreneurs who will host the following businesses: Leathered Up, Stay Classy Boutique, Color Street Nails, Vintage Planks handcrafted signs, Thirty-One, Discovery Toys, Signature Homestyles, yard games and more. There will be basket raffle that will hold items from each of the vendors listed above. Be sure to come check out Shoptoberfest!
The AWTHS is taking donations of gently used Christmas decorations and Christmas items for their upcoming bazaar to be held on Nov. 23 and 24. You are welcome to leave items on the back porch of the building at 123 W. George St. Don’t forget about The Baker Homes Story to be held at the AWTHS on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 9 a.m.
Have you heard about the Bells of Peace and the Ohio Poppy Project? The purpose of the project is to honor World War I soldiers across the State of Ohio and to connect our communities with a bell ringing on Nov. 11, 2018 as part of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Their goal is to collect poppies and display all the collected poppies at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. Making poppies can be an easy, meaningful way for groups of students, members of organizations such as scout troops, community groups, including our historical society to commemorate The Great War. Poppies became a symbol of WWI and the contributions of our nation’s soldiers during the war with the publication of the poem “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae; the poem memorializes soldiers who fought on the Western front, especially in northern Belgium. This area saw some of the worst fighting of the war. Poppies continue to be a symbol of WWI today. If your class or group makes poppies and would like to have them displayed at the Ohio History Center during the 100th anniversary, you can ship them to the Ohio WWI Committee, Ohio History Connection, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43211. Bells of Peace (bell ringing) will occur throughout the United States at 11 a.m. local time on Nov. 11 as a remembrance of those who served and sacrificed. For more information check out this website: https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/commemorate/event-map-system/bells-of-peace-a-world-war-i-remembrance.html#.
A.R. Winery invites you to their 4th Annual Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. They are located at 3564 Gordon-Landis Road, Arcanum. Come dressed in costume for a night of fun and prizes. The Best Dressed and the Scariest costumes will receive a prize!
Linda (Coble) Castillo (AHS Class 1978 grad) has released another book in her series of Amish crime thriller books entitled “A Gathering of Secrets.” It was recently noted by one of her critics as “An atmospheric thriller about fear, revenge, and the dark side of Amish life, A Gathering of Secrets is the latest reminder that Linda Castillo is a true master of suspenseful police procedurals.” The main character in her series is Kate Burkholder who certainly is keeping some of Linda’s fans in good company this fall. If you haven’t read one of her books, check it out. It is well worth the time. Linda has just announced that she is back writing another sequel that will come out next summer, this will be her eleventh novel entitled “Shamed” and it will hit the book stores on July 9, 2019.
The Arcanum Alumni Association invites you to enjoy a Pulled Pork Bar-B¬-Q Dinner, prior to the Oct. 26 football game. Dinners include a pulled pork Bar-B-Q sandwich, Au Gratin Potatoes and applesauce. Tickets are $7.50 per person and will be served at the Field House, carryout or dine-in. Tickets will be sold at home football games, home volleyball matches and at Sutton’s on Oct. 13 and 20. All proceeds will go to the Arcanum Alumni Scholarship Fund.
Upcoming dates to put on your calendar – Annual Bean Supper and Halloween Parade will be Thursday, Oct. 25; supper at 4 p.m. and parade at 6 p.m. Trick or Treat in the village will be on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Congratulations to the Boys’ Junior High Football team who remain undefeated after another win last week! Way to go guys!
“Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.” ~ Carol Bishop Hipps