Happy Halloween! Here we are in the last week of October already! “When black cats prowl and pumpkins shine, when shivery shivers run down your spine, when ghosts and goblins ring the chime, beware and be scared, it’s Halloween Time!” –unknown. Are you ready to let go of October? “One last witch, Races by; wipes October from the sky…” ~Rusty Fischer. It does not seem possible that we will meet November this week; it seems as if the race is on for the holidays whether we are ready or not!
The Abbottsville United Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest Dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 beginning at 4 p.m. They will serve turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade noodles, green beans, sweet potatoes, rolls, bread dressing, coleslaw, cucumber salad, cranberry salad, deviled eggs, punch and coffee for a good will offering. Desserts will be plentiful with homemade pies and cakes. You won’t want to miss out on this annual event! Abbottsville UMC is located at 4135 State Route 49, Arcanum.
The Family of God Ministries congregation invites you to join them for their annual Holiday Bazaar and Luncheon to be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. until sold out! They will have all kinds of goodies for sale including homemade cookies, pies, cakes, assorted nut meats, and homemade candy. They are located at 301 W. South St. in Arcanum. Raffle tickets will be available on a queen-sized quilt $1 each or six for $5. Soups, sandwiches, desserts, and beverages will be served for lunch. All proceeds will go the church building fund.
This Saturday at 9 a.m. is the Baker Homes Story presentation at the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society, 123 W. George St. In 1805 the Michael Baker and Catherine Smucker Family arrived near (what would become) Brookville, Ohio. Henry Baker accompanied his uncle, Michael from Somerset, Pennsylvania. Henry would marry Elizabeth Poe and from these two family roots, Baker pioneers and their relatives would settle much of the land between Brookville and Greenville, Ohio. There are many family ties to the Baker family in the Arcanum area; are you related? You might want to attend the presentation and find out! Don’t forget to put the AWTHS Christmas Bazaar on your calendar for Nov. 23 and 24. This is one of the best bazaars around with the nicest items and best prices.
The third annual “Fall into Christmas” Food Truck Rally and Craft Show will be on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Darke County Fairgrounds. The event will be rain or shine with free admission to the craft show; $2 for parking and proceeds will help Solid Rock Apostolic Church from Bradford, Ohio. Solid Rock Church will be collecting non-perishable food for a Thanksgiving food drive to help families in Darke County. For each non-perishable food item you donate your name will be entered in a drawing to win over $500 in prizes donated from local restaurants and businesses. Bring your non-perishable food items to the “Mike Tent” to enter to win prizes. Winners will be announced each hour and you can collect your prize at the “Mike Tent.”
The event will feature over 100 craft vendors and artisans from Darke, Miami, Shelby, Montgomery, Preble, Mercer, Butler, Hamilton and Warren counties and several from Indiana as well. This family-friendly event will have fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. All the way from the North Pole, Santa Claus will be making a special appearance to visit the kids at the Darke County Fairgrounds from noon to 5 p.m. Jungle Island Zoo will be bringing a petting zoo and pony rides from noon to 5 p.m. Ro-Da-O-Farms from Arcanum will have horse-drawn wagon rides for the entire family to enjoy. Weather permitting, Dayton Area Amusements will have amusement rides and games.
The event will include over 25 food trucks to choose from at the rally and a full-line up of local entertainment for the day starting at 10 a.m. For more details about the event and to participate in contests, you can check out Crème de la Crème Cakery’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cremedelacreme.cakery and click on the Events Tab for the Fall into Christmas event.
The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Faithful Sons at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. The public is invited to this gospel concert and a freewill offering will be accepted. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the concert. For booking information, you can contact John at 937-423-7827 or Kent at 937-621-5494.
Grace United Methodist Church, 750 Arcanum-Ithaca Road, Ithaca, will hold their annual Holiday Craft Bazaar and Luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items include crafts, unique gifts, candies, and baked goods. Please plan to attend and enjoy lunch with us.
You may recall in the spring that there was a project to have Military Banners made and placed on the poles in downtown Arcanum. Sue Besecker reports that the banners are now all complete and will be put in May 2019 and a celebration will be held to honor our local veterans. Details will be coming.
Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Arcanum community column. She can be reached by calling 937-692-6188, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.