Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623. Days of fasting and thanksgiving on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements as well. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year. In 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States. In 1827, magazine editor and prolific writer, Sarah Josepha Hale, launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request in 1863 and scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November. In 1939 Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. His plan was met with passionate opposition, and in 1941, he reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.
Today, Thanksgiving is filled with traditional foods like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Many people volunteer and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate. There is football, family get-togethers and much more. Of course, the Macy’s Parade in New York City is the largest and most famous parade and the arrival of Santa Claus. Don’t forget, the President of the United States has ‘pardoned’ one or two Thanksgiving turkeys each year, sparing the birds and sending them to a farm for retirement.
Whatever your traditions are, remember your family and friends and give thanks for what you have.
The Medina County Arts Council’s Ninth Annual Spotlight Showcase will “light up the night” on Saturday, November 9, and bring performances by featured and experienced Medina County performing artists to the Haddad Theater in the County Administration Building, 144 North Broadway Street in Medina. Local musicians, dancers and actors will contribute their talent to help raise funds for the Arts Council’s grant program – in effect supporting arts organizations and arts projects all over the county.
The curtain will go up at 8pm on a program of 18 or more different acts including both experienced performers and talented newcomers. Directing the 2013 Showcase will be Donna Mittler, retired Brunswick High School theatre director.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and will be on sale at all Buehler’s locations in the county and at the Medina County Visitors Bureau’s office at 32 Public Square in Medina.
2nd Annual Dancing with the Medina Stars
Faith in Action (FIA), Medina County Caregivers are bringing down the house again with their 2nd Annual Dancing with the Medina Starts event! This spectacular display of dancing, humor and talent takes place on November 1, 2013 at Weymouth Country Club, 3946 Weymouth Road in Medina. Reno Buca, our talented dance professional, has started working to help local stars compete for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. The local stars are, Steve and Cheryl Hambley, Gary and Theresa Wright, Terry and Cindy Grice, Jeff and Jani Groza, Melissa Krebs and Gordon Bowen, Matt and Jan Finneran, Rob Weinmann and Kim Koehring-Weinmann, Deb Lougheed and Dan Kouisis, Vance and Kathy Truman and Ben and Jeayna Schmid.
While the honor of the Mirror Ball Trophy is tallied that night, do not forget about the People’s Choice Award! September 1st through October 29, 2013 at www.fiamedina.org, you can vote for your favorite couple!
The event is to benefit and provide free services to older adults and people with disabilities in Medina County so they can remain independent. The event starts at 6pm, tickets are $50 per person, tables of 10 are $500 and tables of 8 are $400. Call 330.952.0342 for more information.
12th Annual Nature Art Fest
The 12th Annual Nature Art Fest will be held at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center on Saturday, November 9th from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday, November 10th from noon to 4pm. Featuring unique items from professional artists, you’ll find unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Bring the family and spend the day in one of the most beautiful parks on Medina County. All ages welcome. No registration required. Free admission. Wolf Creek Environmental Center is located at 6100 Ridge Road, just north of Sharon Center on State Route 94.
2013 Nature Art Fest Artisans are: Bill Bachtel (hand turned bowls and platters); Marita Bitans (digitally-enhanced nature photography); Leona Bowser and Cathy Everly (stained glass and glass mosaics); Joyce Colo and Peggy Hegbar (paintings, handmade cards and jewelry); Barbara Cooper (abalone and mother of pearl jewelry); Ken Derr (hand-carved wooden animals); Henry Edinger (acrylic bird and nature paintings on slate); Frank Geric (acrylic wildlife and landscape paintings); Larry Hohman (hand-colored/illustrated children’s books and nature prints); Cindy Shipp (naturally-dyed silk scarves and cotton items); Laura Kovach (copper work); Mary Krosse (hand-formed and painted dough sculpture); Kristina Malcolm (handmade sterling silver jewelry); Lisa Merrick (pressed botanical pictures); Amy Jean Nichols (glass enamel and bead jewelry); Cheryl Miller (botanical art); Monika Rock (hand-carved and painted gourds); Mary Ryan (watercolor bird paintings); Mary Sandmann (nature photography); James Brindle (turned alabaster bowls, boxes and vessels); Kathie Steppenbacker (butterfly photography cards and prints); Barbara Tartir (watercolor paintings); Chris and Sharon Wolff (hand-thrown pottery); and Karisa Bethune-Zinsmayer (embossed clay tiles and cement leaves).
Veteran’s Day Concert
The Annual Veteran’s Day Concert will be held Monday, November 11th at 7pm at St. Francis Xavier Church, 606 East Washington Street in Medina. The event is sponsored by: the City of Medina-Police Department; Medina Community Band and Community Band Association; Medina County Ministerial Association; Medina County Veterans Service Commission; and Medina County Women of the Military. The event is free and open to the public and non-perishable food items may be brought to help the St. Francis Xavier St. Vincent De Paul Society food pantry.
This year’s theme “The Home Front” will honor those who served with short reflective narrations by local veterans with music presented by the Medina Community Band, under the baton of Marcus L. Neiman. The program lasts approximately one hour.
It’s hard to get more All-American than Medina, Ohio. Known as “America’s Hometown”, and the “Sweetest Town in America”, the traditions in Medina run long and deep. This year, this picturesque community will celebrate the 29th Medina Candlelight Walk on November 22nd thru the 24th. More than just a kick-off to the holiday season, Candlelight Walk, presented by Main Street Medina and Root Candles has grown into a three-day celebration of sights, sounds, scents, and Santa Claus.
The free festivities begin Friday evening, when the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Choir takes stage in the iconic Gazebo at the center of the Medina Square. The excitement builds with the first note of song, as the crowds begin to gather in the historic park, surrounded by lovely restored buildings, some dating to 1821. For an hour, the choir sings numerous Christmas carol favorites, and the anticipation of the 7pm district lighting builds. Finally, Mayor Hanwell takes the stage, and with the crowd, begins the countdown that will turn the historic district into a glittering wonderland of light and music. When the switch is flipped, over two miles of clear, LED lights installed on historic roof tops, highlighting architectural details, woven through mature street trees around the Square, and wrapping the Gazebo like spun glass will come to life, and the celebration begins.
The celebration continues on Saturday, November 23rd when the Holiday Parade of Lights, presented by Summa Health System, makes its way to town and around the Square at 5:30pm. Floats, trucks, cars, animals, humans and just about anything else imaginable, are encased in lights for a spectacular parade and the arrival of Santa Claus. The fun continues when the “Light Up the Night” Christmas fireworks are launched into the sky over the historic Medina County Courthouse. Synchronized to music, the fireworks add a magical touch to the evening. The spirit of the season is stronger than ever, and crowds flock into the boutiques and restaurants to continue the celebration.
On Sunday, live music continues to entertain throughout the district, Santa is available for photos and horse-drawn carriage rides are offered. The flagship Root Candles store on West Liberty Street is a must-see, offering a huge selection of America’s Best Candle, the perfect gift. At 5pm, Hospice of Medina County holds a simple and elegant Candlelight Ceremony in the Square to honor and remember those who are no longer with us.
Medina continues to celebrate the Holiday from Candlelight Walk Weekend through the end of the year, with the Medina Holiday Spectacular. Each weekend, special events such as dog parades, stand-up open mic nights, an “I Survived the Holidays” party, magic show and more, draw residents and visitors to the historic district, the heart of the community.
For more information on all holiday events in Medina, visit www.mainstreetmedina.com.
Candlelight Walk and Jingle Bell Jaunt
Enjoy a traditional Holiday celebration with your family and friends right here in Historic Downtown Wadsworth. On Friday, November 22nd from 6pm to 9pm enjoy a candlelight walk of the Downtown area with over 400 luminaries, horse drawn carriage rides, food, music, displays and children related activities. Santa Claus himself will arrive in style with special surprises.
Saturday, November 23rd, enjoy the traditional Jingle Bell Jaunt from 9am to 10am. Purchase jingle bells for a nominal fee and enjoy a Jingle Bell Carriage Ride through the town.
At 11am, the Holiday Parade starts and after the parade enjoy “Lunch with Santa” for a nominal fee. For more information, contact Downtown Wadsworth at 330.335.9301.
Christmas in the Colonies
Start your holiday celebration with a celebration of fine crafts. You will be amazed at the expertly crafted gifts, holiday decorations and handmade items. The kids will delight in a visit with Santa, face painting and craft making. Musical groups will be performing throughout the event.
Christmas in the Colonies presents ‘Christmas Around the World” on Friday, November 29th from 10am to 5pm, Saturday, November 30th from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, December 1st from 10am to 3pm. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up, $4 for ages 60 and up, $2 ages 6 to 12 and ages under 5 are free. The Community Center at the Fairgrounds is located at 735 Lafayette Road in Medina and is where the event will take place.
For more information, visit www.christmasinthecolonies.com or call 330.421.5745.
Santa “Klaus” is Coming to Town…
Santa “Klaus” is coming to town…Medina, Ohio that is where Castle Noel, located at the Historic Medina Square District, is scheduled to open this November 22nd. Mark and Dana Klaus are the proprietors of this magical “Holly”wood Christmas movieland, which is America’s largest indoor year-round Christmas entertainment attraction.
Enter the magical world through the North Pole Blizzard Vortex Tunnel. See the entire Christmas movieland prop and costume collection directly from Hollywood. You’ll see Will Ferrell’s Elf Suit and Cousin Eddie’s RV and many more. See over $2 million dollars of animated New York City department store Christmas windows. Relive your favorite Christmas morning in the “I had that” toyland experience. Climb Santa Claus Mountain and slide back down to get “the best Santa photo ever!”
Buy your Golden ticket for opening day at www.castlenoel.com. It’s definitely a labor of love for Christmas for the Klaus family. Bring the family and experience it for yourselves!
Holiday Lights Drive-Thru
It’s that time of year again, the wonderful Holiday Fantasy of Lights at the Medina County Fairgrounds will begin weekends starting Friday, November 29th. Visit the area’s largest drive-thru light display! Once again, the Fairgrounds will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm to 10pm and Sundays 6pm to 9pm through December 29th.
Also open weeknights December 16th through December 19th and December 23rd through December 26th from 6pm to 9pm. Admission is $7 per car, $25 per 15 passenger bus; $50 per bus. Cash only please. Enter at the Smith Road entrance.