First Annual Hometown Christmas Gala and Breakfast with Santa is coming Dec. 3 to Arcanum. Plan to come to town on this day and stay for a while with lots of activities to start off your holiday season.
The Christmas Gala will kick off with Breakfast with Santa at 8 a.m. in the high school cafetorium – tickets are $5 each with kids under 5 free – all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice and milk. Pictures with Santa will be for a donation. The gala will be from 2 p.m. to 5:30 at the Arcanum Field House with multiple craft and food vendors selling items including clothing, hair accessories, jewelry, crafts, cards, stocking stuffers, candies and good mixes, a bake sale by Arcanum Girl Scout Troop 34132, and a Christmas Card Photo Op. Admission will be $3 per person or donation to CASA of Darke County (KIDS mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, boots). There will also be door prize tickets for sale at the gala. From 4-5:30 p.m. a chicken or beef ‘n noodle dinner will be served at the field house for $7 per dinner. Organizers for this event are members of the Arcanum Athletic Boosters. Later in the evening will be “Lights in the Park” at Ivestor Park.
Attention Senior Citizens of the Arcanum-Butler Local School District! On Dec. 6 at 1:30 p.m., Arcanum Schools will host their annual Christmas Luncheon for the area senior citizens. Senior citizens of the Arcanum-Butler Local School District will enjoy a nice lunch and some great entertainment from the students of the Arcanum-Butler Local Schools! This free lunch will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 in the cafetorium. Please RSVP by calling 692-5174 Ext. 1337 by Dec. 2.
The 2016 Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society (AWTHS) is busy getting ready for its annual Christmas Extravaganza on Thanksgiving Weekend. On Nov. 25, from 6-8 p.m. they will have their Preview Shopping Extravaganza and all day shopping on Saturday, the 26th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be open to welcome everyone at 123 W. George St., Arcanum. The bazaar will again feature Mrs. Santa’s Bake Shoppe with lots of goodies to share at your holiday gatherings. There will be daily door prizes (need not be present to win), a 50/50 raffle (tickets are $5 each); and an in-house raffle at $1 each or six for $5. Additionally, Beck’s Boutique will feature fun-filled, one-of-a-kind gift items clothing, and accessories. On Saturday only, shoppers are invited to the Bits-n-Pieces room for “free” decorations and craft items.
Volunteers of the society have prepared many special items specifically for this year’s bazaar, they include a forest of trees (decorated, undecorated), wreaths, swags, garlands, sleighs, etc. in many colors and styles. More items include snowmen of all types, hand-decorated Christmas cards, tobacco lath starts, trees, snowmen, and gates. New things this year will be Denim Country items, Fall back to Autumn items, Kid’s Korner, Santa Claus Land, Nativity(s) and Angels(s) and the traditional red and green up-cycled wreaths, garlands and table decorations. The best feature of all again this year will be their low, low, low prices. All proceeds from this event will be used for the special projects at the historical society and our community; you will want to make sure you put this event on your calendar.
Synergy Yoga Studio is now open on the second floor of the old Smith Store building. An open house will be held on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to tour the studio, enjoy refreshments and enter for door prizes. There will be a 15-minute yoga session/demonstration at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and also a 15-minute meditation session at 3 p.m. Synergy Yoga is located at 109 W George St., second floor and is owned and operated by Lois Bunger.
Arcanum High School’s National Honor Society sponsored event during Trick-Or-Treat was the most successful food drive bringing in nearly 8,000 items to local food banks. Several food pantries at local churches are well-stocked thanks to the generosity of our community. This was the first year that the middle school student council also participated in the event; additionally Sutton’s Foods also partnered again this year.
Save the Date – Christmas Walk at Bear’s Mill on Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. – A delightful holiday evening in the country, free to the public. Enjoy shopping in the Mill Store & Gallery and then bundle up for a gorgeous nighttime walk along the banks of Greenville Creek, lit by stunning luminaries. Historic Bear’s Mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road.
Faith United Methodist Church regrets that it did not host their traditional Election Supper this year. Thank you to all who have attended and assisted with this event, over the many years.
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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.