Happy Thanksgiving! It’s time once again to gather with family and friends and express thankfulness for each other, all the blessings that have been bestowed upon us and give thanks to God for another year. Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in United States and Canada. The day is celebrated as a day of being thankful for the blessings of the crop and of the preceding year. The festival is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the USA and on second of October in Canada. This day has the tradition of gathering around a table with friends and family. The turkey is the main tradition of this event, and is cooked for all the members present and shared with one another on this special occasion of Thanksgiving Day. I think Erma Bombeck said it best, “What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?” May your Thanksgiving be filled with Peace, Love, and Harmony!
The Annual Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society Christmas Bazaar Fundraiser is this Friday and Saturday. You won’t want to miss it; it’s always the best bazaar in town! You can do your Christmas shopping here for great selection of gifts, Christmas decorations from gently used items and homemade goodies. This is their annual fundraiser to help support the local historical society and fund their operations, building, and events of education and preservation. Hours are Friday evening Nov. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The AWTHS is located at 123 W. George St. in Arcanum.
The 6th Annual Arcanum Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Arcanum High School. This event is free and open to all senior citizens of the Arcanum community. The event will take place at the Arcanum-Butler Local Schools Cafetorium. Guests will be provided a delicious lunch and entertainment from Arcanum-Butler students. If you plan on attending please RSVP to HS Secretary Mrs. Hollinger at 692-5174 Ext. 1337 by Dec. 3. Please share this information with your family, friends, and neighbors.
Congratulations to Tanner Delk on a 4th place finish at the state Cross Country Meet! The community is very proud of you and your Trojan Pride!
Arcanum-Butler Schools will be open to the public for adult walking Monday through Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., Nov. 26 through March 28, 2019. Walking will be restricted to the first floor tiled hallways.
The Village of Arcanum is decorating Ivester Park with Christmas lights for the upcoming Christmas Season. They are looking for volunteers who would like to help decorate a section of the park in memory of a loved one. They are also looking for local service groups or businesses to help with decorating a section of the park as well. They are also in desperate need of extension cords; if you would like to donate extension cords for the event or if you would like to decorate a section of the park please contact Bill Kessler at the Arcanum Village office at 937-692-8500.
The Arcanum Business Association is also accepting donations for Christmas lights. If you would like to donate lights to be used for the Christmas light display you can drop off at the Village of Arcanum office at 1 Pop Rite Drive. If would like to give a monetary donation please write your check to the Arcanum Business Association and mail to: 24 W. George St., Arcanum, OH 45304. There are also donation boxes located at the following businesses in Arcanum: Belle Fiole Tanning, Miller’s Tavern, Greenville National Bank, Fourman Variety Store, Village of Arcanum office and Orme Hardware.
A Night in Bethlehem – Experience the sights, sounds, and excitement of the very first Christmas with your whole family at this free, interactive Christmas experience at Eaton First Church of God, Dec. 7, 8 and 9 nightly at 7 p.m. Eaton FCOG is located at 601 Lexington Road East, Eaton, Ohio. Visit shopkeepers in the marketplace, see exotic animals, meet characters from the Christmas story, create special keepsake crafts, enjoy delicious treats, and end the night with a live nativity and candlelight worship. Please note: Some stations are outside, so dress accordingly. You might want to guarantee a seat at the closing musical celebration, so make sure you reserve free tickets ahead of time. Once tickets are sold out, they will try to find a seat for you, but performances may be standing room only. If you reserve tickets and end up unable to use them, please cancel your order through Eventbrite to return them so we can give them to others.
“Over the river, and through the woods, to Grandfather’s house we go; the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow.” Over the River and Through the Woods is a Thanksgiving song by Lydia Maria Child originally written as a poem, it appeared in her Flowers for Children, Volume 2, in 1844.
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.