Congratulations Arcanum High School Band! Last weekend they qualified for State Competition at the Versailles High School Music Invitational; they also placed Best Percussion in Class B, Best Visual in Classes B and C, and received Second Place in Class B out of eight bands! Great Job Trojans!! Earlier this fall they also earned some “hardware” at Northwestern High School’s Band Competition – First Place Class C, Best Auxiliary Class C, Best Music Class B and C, and Best Visual Class B and C. They continue to make our hometown proud and will be competing at a few more contests yet this fall in preparation for State Marching Competition.
The 2017 Christmas in the Park & Horse Parade is quickly approaching on Saturday, December 9. The Arcanum Business Association has partnered with the Arcanum Athletic Boosters to support this local event in Arcanum. The day will begin with breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11 a.m. at Arcanum High School in the Cafetorium. They will be hosting local craft vendors and artisans inside the Arcanum Field House and throughout Ivester Park. They will have a variety of food trucks available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. staged throughout the park.
Beginning at 6 p.m. they will have a Candy Cane Hunt in the park complete with prizes for every child. This is a very fun activity for the children to find the hidden candy canes in the park with flashlights. Each candy cane is numbered and they can be redeemed for prizes in the Scout House after the hunt. The evening will highlight the Christmas Horse Parade beginning at 7 p.m. to officially welcome Santa to the Village of Arcanum. The parade will travel from Main Street through Ivester Park which will be full of lights and festive music. The park will be decorated by local community organizations and businesses, and the children will have the opportunity to meet with Santa after the parade in the Scout House. Also, there will be complimentary horse and carriage rides available after the parade. These horse-drawn carriage rides will begin in the park and journey through the park and continue to the downtown area.
Organizers are in search of business sponsors for this event; they would like to attract some of the very best horse and carriage groups in the area. There is a lot of time and effort that goes into preparing these horse groups. Donations are also needed for prizes for the Candy Cane Hunt. They will be contacting all businesses located in Darke County to help sponsor this event. All donations of any size will be greatly appreciated. If you want to donate, checks payable to: Arcanum Area Business Association and mail to: 24 W. George Street, Arcanum, Ohio 45304. If possible, please send your checks byNovember 15, so they can have time to advertise the event in a timely manner. All support is appreciated for our Inaugural Christmas in the Park & Horse Parade in Arcanum! If you have any questions, call Jason Blackburn at 937-621- 2166 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They are currently accepting entries for the Christmas Horse Parade that includes horse-drawn carriages, wagons, buggies and individual riders. They will also accept motorized vehicles for the parade that are decorated with festive Christmas lights. To receive a parade application, please contact Kurt Troutwine at 937-459- 6405 or through email at email@example.com.
The Arcanum Athletic Boosters is seeking Outdoor and Park Crafters for the Field House and also to be in Arcanum’s Ivestor Park on Saturday, December 9. For more information, please contact Erin Fout at 937-459- 9467 or firstname.lastname@example.org or text Karin Baker at 937-604- 5752 or email@example.com
Holidays Hugs, a program sponsored by the local Blue Star Moms is in full swing. The organization is a group of local mothers of our military personnel who are preparing to send Christmas Stockings filled with small treats, games, personal items, etc. They are presently seeking donations of items for the stockings in the Darke, Preble, Butler Ohio counties and also Randolph and Wayne counties in Indiana. They are a 501(c) (3) IRS designated non-profit organization. Locally, there are suggestion boxes at both Suttons in Arcanum and Union City. They are also looking for volunteers to help pack the boxes on November 11 in Eaton. For more information or questions, please call Linda at 937-456- 1588.
The Arcanum Public Library on Monday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. will host for a visit the New York Times bestselling author and Arcanum high school graduate and native Linda Castillo, author of the very popular Kate Burkholder series. Linda will give a talk and sign books, a small amount of books will be available for purchase.
Charles Nick, the 1996 graduate of Arcanum High School who appeared on the hit ABC show Shark Tank to pitch the company he co-founded, Third Wave Water; a capsule that makes the water you use for your coffee perfect, free of any mineral imperfections made a deal with Barbara Corcoran on the show. Charles went to work in the aviation industry after graduation and worked at NASA for a number of years. He returned to Ohio in 2013 and began the work on his invention.
October Happenings you don’t want to miss – The Bean Supper and Halloween Parade is Thursday, October 26 starting at approximately 4 p.m., the parade line up will be at the field house with the parade beginning at 6 p.m. Trick or Treat is Sunday, October 29 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Put this on your Calendar! You won’t want to miss “Fall Into Christmas” at Brumbaugh’s Fun and Fruit Farm on November 11 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 6420 Arcanum Hollansburg Road. There will be craft vendors and local artisans, food trucks (McNasty’s, Tin Roof Mobile Food, Kettle Fixins and Creme de la Creme Cakery), chainsaw sculptor, live music, Santa Claus (12 to 5 p.m.), live nativity and petting zoo (12 to 5 p.m.). Fun farm admission is $8 or SAVE $3 when you bring three can goods for the Thanksgiving Food Drive which will be donated to FHC Fellowship Church in Arcanum. The admission price includes hay rides, Winnie’s Cracked Corn Box, Human Hampster Wheel, Willy Worm Wagon Express, Billy Bee’s Flight o’ Fun, Storybook Forest, Monster Mountain and Grandpa’s Fun Acre. This event is hosted by The Arcanum Business Association.
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.