December 2013 Edition ©
GIVE THE GIFT OF OHIO LAUGHTER
Though Satullo’s writing is connecting with a national audience – those with experience growing up in Ohio from the 1970s to present should find plenty to reminisce.
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Welcome to Suburbia. It’s a wild, funny and touching place captured from the 1970’s to present in Here I Thought I Was Normal. A little bit of “Stand By Me” and “The Wonder Years” come to mind in these real-life micro stories about growing up and parenting in American suburbia.
The short stories in the collection have curious titles such as Streaking, Gore Orphanage, Wrestling a Bear, Crazy was in the Air, Walk of Shame, Practical Joke Gone Bad and Pleasure Attic just to name several.
More than 100 snappy, gripping, page turning tales span 288 pages of “Here I Thought I Was Normal: Micro Memoirs of Mischief.”
By Becky Cox, ZoneFree Publishing
illuminated stroll thru the Bible
This Christmas journey is a soulful pilgrimage for anyone who is abled or disabled. Bundle up the family and take a half-mile stroll through the Bible to a heated barn with hot cocoa, cookies and entertainment. ALL OF WHICH ARE FREE!
In a season overrun with commercialism, there’s a respite of purity to remind us of the true meaning of the Christmas holiday right down to a real manger. Like Shepherds following a bright light over a manger, people from near and far descend on a farm in Southwest Ohio to celebrate the birth of Jesus!
Niederman Family Farm has nearly 100 volunteers that meticulously erect eleven acres of beautifully crafted, hand-painted, life-size figurines acting out recognizable Biblical scenes. The Christmas Walk and festivities are open nightly from the day after Thanksgiving through December.
Christmas music is heard across the often snow white field from more than 50 speakers, setting a joyous mood. And at the end of the illuminated journey inner peace warms the heart with the assistance of hot cocoa and fresh baked cookies in a toasty warm barn. There, musical entertainment and hearty laughter echo off the rafters. Again, all of which is FREE!
“It’s a gift to remind us about the true meaning of Christmas,” said Janet Niederman. “Nothing for sale, nothing commercial, even the hot cocoa and cookies are free.”
The enormity of it all simply astounds guests. And as they walk around, you can hear the phrase, “I can’t believe this is all free,” uttered over and over.
“Giving back to our communities is important,” Said Janet Niederman. “To us, Christmas Walk works miracles. It draws more than 10,000 people from all walks of life traveling from near and far to our farm. We just feel we have been blessed with enough of our own bounty to give back by offering this tribute for free to anyone who wants to come.”
The Christmas journey continues as guests explore the other barns and see bunnies, goats, lambs, sheep, ducks, pigs, lamas, donkeys and chickens nestled in their straw-filled stalls. The rustic, winter, barn scenes include antique farm equipment and tractors.
The Niederman family’s gift may be free to all those who come but it certainly is no small production to provide electricity to what may be a million lights, not to mention all the other extras they provide complimentary.
There are more than 20 biblical scenes from the old and new Testaments that end in an outdoor nook where three 10-foot angels swoon overhead with their trumpets. The guestbook shows that people have made the Christmas Walk an annual family tradition and even international visitors in the area for the holidays have visited.
The entertainment is all Christmas related and includes orchestras, symphonies, jazz bands, Christian radio shows, church choirs, family singers, string groups and children’s programs depending on the night.
A barn with modern amenities is available for rent for private Christmas parties, church groups, youth groups and corporate groups and parties. For cozier stays, the Gregory Creek Inn beckons.
Christmas Walk at Niederman Family Farm has become a rite of passage for many, serving as an annual pilgrimage to FEEL Christmas.
The Christmas Walk is at Niederman Family Farm, conveniently located near I-75 between Cincinnati and Dayton at 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Road in Liberty Township, Ohio. Call 513-887-0725 or visit www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com for more information.
By Frank R. Satullo, The OhioTraveler
Holiday cheer will abound at Cleveland Play House (CPH) with an all-new production of the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Story running through December 22, 2013 in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the unforgettable film, CPH enthusiastically breathes new life into this classic story about Ralphie and his ultimate Christmas wish. Having delighted audiences for 30 years on both the big and small screens, this incredible production is brought to vivid life on stage for Northeast Ohio audiences. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by calling (216) 241-6000 or online at www.clevelandplayhouse.com.
“We are thrilled to bring back one of our most popular shows in this all-new sparkling production, said Laura Kepley – CHP artistic director. “We are delighted to be a part of a citywide celebration of the 30th anniversary of this beloved story. Growing up in the early 80’s this story was definitely part of my childhood. No matter that my brothers and I are full grown adults now, we instantly transform into giggling kids at the mention of ‘fragile.’ CPH is happy to share this story because at this time of year we all deserve to be kids at heart.”
A Christmas Story is the witty and heart-warming production written by Phil Grecian and based on the motion picture written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark. The story follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker down the streets of Indiana, OH on his quest for the ultimate Christmas gift. Incorporating some of the most memorable elements from the movie, including the exploding furnace, the frozen lamp post and the infamous leg lamp, it is no wonder it has become one of the most popular shows in Cleveland Play House history. With an incredible cast of both local and national actors under the direction of John McCluggage, this holiday treat is sure to delight one and all.
A Christmas Story tickets range in price from $45-$72 each. Students under the age of 24 with a valid ID will be offered a special $25 ticket price. Tickets are also just $25 for anyone under age 35, sponsored by Scene Magazine. To order single tickets please call 216-241-6000 or visit www.clevelandplayhouse.com. Groups of 10+ save up to 40% off single ticket prices; call 216-400-7027.
Season Extra: Festival of Trees
November 25, 2013 - December 30, 2013
Festival of Trees will commence with Light Up the Night on Nov. 25th from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Allen Theatre lobby. This community tree-lighting celebration is FREE to the general public and all are invited to join in for family-friendly activities, behind the scenes access, and a special performance by The Singing Angels.
Festival of Trees Schedule
Open for public viewing from Nov. 25th – Dec. 30th.
Weekdays: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sundays: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Special hours on:
Dec. 23rd: Noon – 9 p.m.
Dec. 24th: Noon – 5 p.m.
Dec. 26th – 30th: Noon – 9:00 p.m.
The display will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Tech Tuesday: A Christmas Story
November 25, 2013 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm
TalkBack: A Christmas Story
A host of memory-making holiday events cascade through Mansfield, OH this season. From holidays around the world to the stunning floor-to-ceiling decorations that blanket a historic mansion, this Ohio town draws visitors from across North America for its one-of-a-kind celebrations. Complete information on Mansfield holiday events – and more – is found at www.MansfieldTourism.com or by calling (800) 642-8282.
Malabar Farm State Park’s “Holidays Around the World and Back Home to Malabar” celebration takes place at the former home of famed Pulitzer-prize winning novelist, conservationist and screenwriter, Louis Bromfield. Malabar Farm was made famous in the 1940s and 50s when Bromfield’s Hollywood celebrity friends would retreat to the farm, including James Cagney, and Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married there in. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, this farm’s festive, multicultural event guides guests through a historical journey. Seasonal traditions from countries around the world, as well as from local icon Malabar Farm, are shared. Every guest receives an international recipe and a hand-made commemorative ornament. This unforgettable event is just $25 per adult, $40 for couples or $20 per person for groups of 10 or more. Reservations are required and can be arranged by calling (419) 892-2929.
Kingwood Center will be decked out from head to toe in its 2013 theme “Symbols of Christmas.” Open Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 29 (closed Dec. 6) from 3-8 p.m., more lights and décor than ever have been added this year. The spectacular 47-acre estate was built in 1926 for millionaire industrialist Charles Kelley King and his wife. After King’s 1952 passing, it was left to a foundation to be opened as a public garden. Visitors can wander the grounds, path, view tens of thousands of holiday lights, warm up by the fire and stop in the Greenhouse for hot chocolate and cookies. A gorgeous Gingerbread House display is found in the Kingwood Hall Assembly Room, with competing gingerbread houses featuring incredible detail.
More than a million lights, animatronics and festive Christmas music create a breathtaking display at the Christmas Wunderland drive-through lighting display held at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Open nightly Dec. 1-25, 5:30-9 p.m., the display is the largest in Ohio and costs just $6 for a carload of holiday revelers.
For more than 50 years and two generations, the Herlihy family has decorated their home with over-the-top decorations and opened their doors to the public in typical Mansfield Midwest friendly fashion. Today, Terri Herlihy continues the legacy her dad started decades ago, decking the halls of the Herlihy Christmas House with their personal collection of more than 25 themed Christmas trees, hundreds of Santas, villages, Disney, trains and more for a homespun family tradition.
More old-fashioned holiday cheer winds through the city’s charming downtown when the Mansfield Holiday Parade which kicks off the season on Nov. 23. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on the corner of 5th and Main Streets and ends with the fanfare of Santa’s arrival. The day also marks the opening of the Tiny Tim Shoppe where kids can shop for the friends and family in secret with the help of the shop’s elves. Designed for children ages 12 and under, all gifts $6 or less and Tiny Tim Shoppe is open Saturdays Nov. 23-Dec. 21, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Fri., Dec. 6, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
A free holiday open house treats Mansfield visitors to complimentary tours of BibleWalk, one of only two Christian wax museums in the U.S. With all of BibleWalk’s four non-denominational museums offering the free tours Dec. 22-28 (except Christmas day), guests can experience 70 different biblical scenes and hundreds of wax figures, in addition to Christian Dinner Theatre (Saturdays only) and the museums’ rare collection of votive folk art, wood carvings and Braille Bibles.
Christmas at Oak Hill Cottage takes place Sundays, Nov. 17-Dec. 29. Visitors can enjoy the historic cottage fully decked for the season with an old-fashioned holiday theme. Tours are $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. This year's theme is "1915," commemorating the period when the house was electrified and the "Arts and Crafts" movement began influencing decorating styles.
Enjoy Christmas Time in the City, Friday December 6 from 5:00 – 9:00pm in the historic Carrousel District. Events will include the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, carriage rides, photos with Santa, Christmas caroling, the historic church tour, reindeer petting zoo, the Tiny Tim Shoppe and more! Downtown businesses will be open late and will have special events, entertainment and shopping specials!
Nothing says Christmas like a good snowfall, and regardless of whether Mother Nature Delivers, Mansfield Snow Trails Ski Resort always lets it snow. With top-notch snowmaking equipment, Snow Trails offers a winter wonderland of downhill skiing and the new Tubing Park throughout the holiday season -- and beyond.
A destination unlike any other, Mansfield is home to a wealth of unusual travel adventures and experiences, such as visiting the working farm where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married to spending the night in a haunted former state prison where Hollywood blockbuster movies are filmed. Breathtaking scenery, rural and hometown experiences, as well as hiking, biking, golf, cross-country and downhill skiing, bird watching and loads of other outdoor adventures attract families and visitors of all ages. Complete visitor information and a free visitors guide, is available by calling (800) 642-8282 or online at www.MansfieldTourism.com or MansfieldTourism.com/mobile.
When is a water drop more than just a drip? When it takes center stage for a limited time in an exciting, interactive maze titled, "Water's Extreme Journey."
This 1,000-square-foot traveling exhibit will be open for exploration December 21 through January 12 at Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center in West Creek Reservation in Parma, Ohio.
It will be the first time this fun and educational journey makes an appearance in Ohio. Developed with world-renowned marine life artist, Robert Wyland, Water's Extreme Journey maze leads participants on a self-guided quest for clean water. Adults and children will learn the science behind the water cycle and find out how daily decisions can immediately improve the watershed in their own back yard.
With school-age children home on winter break, Water's Extreme Journey is the perfect solution for parents trying to answer the question, "What are we going to do today?"
The maze is FREE and it's a parent's trifecta - fun, educational and interactive. Children learn about the water cycle and the importance of clean water while navigating through the maze. Stations scattered throughout the maze present thought provoking questions combined with fun, hands-on activities.
Visitors begin the experience as a water drop entering a watershed. Water drops face many hurdles as they interact with humans. Will the farm they pass by be organic? Did a neighbor pour leftover automotive oil down the storm drain? Clean choices keep drops healthy and moving toward a clean ocean. Dirty choices send drops down the urban storm drain to the unhealthy ocean where they evaporate, condensate and precipitate. "Drops" can go through the maze again for another try making cleaner choices.
"This is a fun and informative way to explore the challenges of caring for our local watersheds," said Gayle Albers, Watershed Stewardship Center Manager. "By immersing visitors in the water cycle they will learn how to make green and cleaner choices and discover the rewards of a healthy watershed. Each of us has the power to make a significant impact, it just takes a few simple decisions."
Some highlights of Water's Extreme Journey maze include:
Get Filtered. To demonstrate how grass and other plants naturally filter water, participants take a trip through the Slow Zone. Walk through a curtain of ropes - almost like a car wash - to get cleaned up!
Water Cycle Puzzle. If you were a raindrop, where might you go? Complete this puzzle and send water on journey. Will it go into a whale, onto a leaf or down the drain? Who knows but the adventure will be exciting!
Zip Slide. Turn yourself into a water drop and then plop into the watershed, literally!
Dodge Pollution. Spinning wheels simulate interaction between humans and water in five categories: litter, toxins, agriculture, development and seafood. Get through all impact points and stay clean to reach the healthy ocean.
While at the new Watershed Stewardship Center, visitors can view the other permanent exhibits such as the interactive topographic map of the West Creek Watershed, an aquarium that models a healthy Ohio stream, and various stormwater control measures such as bioswales, rain gardens and a living roof.
Hours for Water's Extreme Journey Maze are Tuesdays - Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4:30 p.m. Closed Mondays, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center is located at 2277 W. Ridgewood Road, between Broadview and State Roads in West Creek Reservation in Parma.
For more information, call 440-887-1968 or visit clevelandmetroparks.com.
Don't be a drip. Drop by Water's Extreme Journey at the Watershed Stewardship Center in Cleveland Metroparks - Discover, Enjoy, Protect!
Ghostlight at Night will feature hand-poured, artisan-roasted coffees by Ghostlight Coffee and hand-crafted signature cocktails by the Dayton Cocktail Co., as well as a small-plate menu of sharable snacks. Ghostlight at Night hours will be Tuesday – Friday, 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., beginning Friday, November 22 and continuing through January 3.
“The holidays are a busy time here at the museum, and this wonderful new partnership with Ghostlight Coffee allows us to offer guests a unique evening experience in Leo Bistro,” says The Dayton Art Intitute’s Associate Director Jane A. Black. “Ghostlight at Night will complement Elite Catering’s weekday lunch and weekend brunch service at the Bistro.”
In addition to its regular evening hours, Ghostlight at Night will also host several special events with extended hours, including The Art of Coffee tasting events, The Art of the Cocktail events, and live music on select evenings.
The first Art of Coffee tasting event takes place Friday, November 22, 5 - 7 p.m., featuring an exclusive preview of Deeper Roots Coffee’s three Heirloom coffees: Panama Mama Cata Geisha, Nicaragua San Jose Javanica, and Ethiopia Ayele. The first Art of the Cocktail event will be a Repeal Day Party on Thursday, December 5, 8 – 10 p.m., featuring prohibition-era cocktails and punches. Ghostlight at Night’s live music offerings begin December 6, 8 – 10 p.m., with The Soucek Jazz Trio, a local ensemble that performs frequently at Ghostlight Coffee.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to expand upon what we’ve been doing at Ghostlight Coffee over the past two years and help The Dayton Art Institute expand the Bistro’s evening audience,” says Shane Anderson, owner of Ghostlight Coffee. “We are thrilled to partner with The DAI, Elite Catering & the Dayton Cocktail Co. on this venture!”
In addition to Ghostlight at Night, Leo Bistro will continue to offer full lunch service, powered by Elite Catering. A full menu of soups, sandwiches, salads and entrees is available Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Leo Bistro also offers a weekend brunch menu, served Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Ghostlight at Night is part of a host of holiday-related events and programs at The Dayton Art Institute. These include the special exhibitions Object of Devotion and Elizabeth Turk: Wings, now on view through January 5; the Hall of Holidays exhibition Marc Chagall: Jerusalem Window Lithographs, on view November 29 – February 23; an artist-decorated holiday tree and ornament silent auction, November 26 – January 5; holiday-themed Super Saturday Family Days on December 7, 14 and 21; the Fifth Third Bank Arts Night Out presentation Spontaneous Fantasia on December 5; and a special holiday Afternoon Musicale with David Wion & Friends on December 1.
In addition to Ghostlight at Night for the holidays, The DAI will introduce several new events in Leo Bistro during December and January, including DIY@DAI, a wine-tasting series, and a series of cooking seminars hosted by Elite Catering’s Renee McClure. For more about Leo Bistro, Ghostlight at Night, and other special events in the Bistro, go to www.daytonartinstitute.org/leobistro.
For more information about how to make your holiday a masterpiece at The Dayton Art Institute, please visit www.daytonartinstitute.org or call the museum at 937-223-4ART (4278). Be sure to also connect with The Dayton Art Institute on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional information, behind-the-scenes photos and exclusive offers.
The Dayton Art Institute offers a full range of programming in addition to exhibiting its collection. Galleries hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. With support from the Chase Endowment Fund, suggested admission to the museum’s permanent collection is $8 adults, $5 seniors, active military and groups. Admission is free for museum members, students (18+ w/ID) and youth (17 and under).
Some special exhibitions, programs and events may carry an additional charge and include admission to the museum’s permanent collection as part of that price. Free parking is available at the museum and the facility is fully accessible to physically challenged visitors.
The DAI’s Museum Store and Leo Bistro are open during regular museum hours. For more information, please call 937-223-4ART (4278) or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org.
Ghostlight Coffee is a “multi-roaster shop,” featuring a rotating selection of coffees from many of the best roasters in America. Ghostlight Coffee sets its focus on high-quality, hand-crafted beverages and snacks. The coffeehouse seeks out all-natural, artisan quality ingredients, including hand-poured coffees, hand-crafted syrups, artisan baked goods & gift items. Ghostlight Coffee is a “community minded” coffeehouse, hosting many after-hours events, such as music and poetry, and featuring local artists on its walls. Ghostlight has become the home of the “Gem City Poetry Stage” and previously hosted the popular “Story Slamm” series. It was selected “Best of Dayton - Best Cup of Coffee” in 2012 by the readers of ActiveDayton.com & the Dayton Daily News.
The Ohio STANDOUT Award
This is an Ohio STANDOUT in tourism as one of the most unique and
historic workshops turned museum. It was over 100 years ago that
Ernest “Mooney” Warther began carving history. Warther’s one-of-a-kind
collection of 64 ebony, ivory and walnut train carvings has been
appraised by the Smithsonian Institution as a “priceless work of art.”
The eclectic property and state-of-the-art facility has a bustling
cutlery business, tours of the original home and workshop, Swiss-style
flower garden and an amazing arrowhead collection and button
collection arranged in beautiful designs on the walls and ceiling.
Learn more at
This award recognizes Ohio's truest standouts in tourism. More details about the award and its recipients are at www.ohiotraveler.com/standouts.htm.
The Arcade in Cleveland was built in 1890. It was the first large-scale indoor shopping mall in America. The five-story Arcade connects two nine-story Victorian era structures and has four gorgeously ornate balconies highlighted by the natural light coming from the impressive glass skylight stretching some 300 feet down the middle of the mall.
Although it is still open today, it has very few shops left. However, there are several eateries. Absolutely delicious sandwiches are found at Prestos, just inside the Euclid Avenue entrance. The beauty of this masterpiece in architecture is the lure, now. Bring a camera. Photo opps abound! It is open 10am to 6pm Monday through Saturday.
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BB Gun for Christmas
Christmas morning arrived. Mom let us open our stockings but Dad made us eat breakfast before getting to the presents under the tree. I already knew what I was getting. I found the stash deep in Mom’s closet weeks ago. Although the presents had already been wrapped, I peeled the tape back and bent the paper just enough to see what was inside one and then moved on to another. I even knew what my sister was getting.
We always got a dozen or so presents each on Christmas, so I had to go through the motions with 11 of them just to get them out of the way so I could seize the only thing I was truly looking forward to getting – a BB gun!
I didn’t anticipate having to compete with my dad for a turn to use it. He spent too long showing me how it’s done.
“Daaaad! I get it. Now let me have a turn!”
“One more shot,” he laughed, and then he took several more shots.
The fireplace was roaring, the sliding glass door was open, the backyard was covered in snow and I was a sniper …for about 10 minutes before Dad said we needed to close the door.
After all of the lectures, demonstrations and promises, I became the poster-child of why not to give a kid a BB gun.
At first, I was a good boy. I’d line bottles upside down along the back fence. When I shot them to pieces, I’d put the pieces on the fence and shoot them. As my targets got smaller, I got better. I learned how to adjust the sights above a target knowing the BB would arch over distance. I became a deadeye!
When I ran out of inanimate objects to shoot, I set my sights on a bird in a tree overlooking the neighbor’s driveway. First shot and I …missed it? I was too good to miss at that range. I put it back in my sights and just as I was about to squeeze the trigger, the bird fell upside down still clinging to the branch with his feet. I lowered my gun, stunned. The bird wouldn’t fall. I knew I couldn’t have a dead bird hanging upside down where the preacher would see it and surely raise hell. I spent the next 15 minutes shooting that poor thing full of holes until it fell – right in front of the preacher pulling in with his car!
That was the first time my BB gun was taken away.
When I got it back, I shot some more birds. One day, I grew impatient waiting for a target so I put bread out, sat in a lawn chair on the patio and plucked them off one-by-one until Dad pulled in. I nearly crapped my pants because there were bodies all over the backyard. I ran to the driveway to greet my dad and to walk him inside, thereby distracting him from looking out back as he walked out of the detached garage. I continued to escort him through the kitchen making sure he didn’t look out the back windows. He went to his bedroom to change out of work clothes and I bolted out the door to fling my prey into the woods.
I never did that again. It seemed too cruel. No sport in it. In fact, I never shot another bird after that. Instead, I’d get kicks by taking friends into my garage and shutting the door.
I’d say, “Cover your eyes.”
Then, I’d pull the trigger and you could hear the BB ricochet all around us. It sure got the adrenaline pumping. I was amazed it never hit us – ever. I must have done this “trick” a dozen times.
BB guns became the rage in the neighborhood so we’d go play Army in the woods. We’d have forts and wars. Yep, we’d actually shoot each other. We wore shop goggles though – the plastic things that completely surrounded the eyes. These good times ended when I shot Denny. He went home and needed minor medical attention from his mom. He wasn’t a good liar. First, he told a tale of some older kids chasing him, holding him and shooting him in the woods.
When the police showed up, he sang like a canary and said, “Rocky did it!”
That time the police confiscated my BB gun.
Then, I discovered the old-fashioned sling shot. But at the corner store it was called a wrist-rocket!
By Frank Rocco Satullo, author of "HERE I THOUGHT I WAS NORMAL: Micro Memoirs of Mischief and editor of OhioTraveler.com
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The 25th anniversary of the Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill features nearly 4 million lights transforming the night into a shimmering world of fantasy!
For a quarter of a century Clifton Mill has been lighting up the winter holidays. What began as a simple idea of stringing a few strands of lights on the historic mill for the enjoyment of family and friends has become one of the largest outdoor holiday displays for miles around. The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill now features close to 4 million lights which decorate the historic mill, the trees, the river banks and just about everything else. There is a synchronized lights and music show which occurs hourly each night. And new to the covered bridge show are “birds of lights” that “take off in flight”.
A quarter century ago, the owners began work on a miniature village with scaled down versions of some of Clifton’s historic buildings built by an artisan in Pennsylvania. There has been a new addition each year by a variety of artists and today it is a sight to behold with street after miniature street of homes and businesses, a tiny fire department and firefighters putting out a “house fire.” There’s also an outdoor train, a 1950s drive-in theatre, a county fair and much more, all lit up for the holidays!
Clifton Mill has over 3,000 examples of Santa Claus on display dating from as far back as 1850. Some are toys, some are advertising items, some are weird, some are elegant, and all are interesting.
The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill is open nightly until January 1. It is an outdoor event and is weather permitting. Call before you come in bad weather.
Admission is $10 per person for everyone age 7 and older. Concession food is available. On December 18, 2013 a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Clifton is in Greene County, three miles east of Yellow Springs on State Rt. 343, six miles south of Springfield on State Rt. 72, and three miles north of Cedarville on Rt. 72.
For more information visit www.cliftonmill.com or call 937-767-5501.
The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts presents “Holly Days,” and Wayne Martin Puppets™.
It’s a fast-paced musical revue featuring two-dozen beautifully designed and costumed over-size hand puppets and trick marionettes. Seasonal favorites including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph and of course Santa, along with Peter & Penelope Penguin and numerous surprise guests in a series of holiday vignettes of comedy and pathos.
The show is Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1pm and is for family audiences of all ages.
Wayne’s credits include guest
appearances with Symphony Orchestras and work as principal manipulator for
industry greats, the
Sid and Marty
Krofft Productions and
Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 513-241-6550,www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com or In person at the box office ticket counter at 4990 Glenway Avenue in Price Hill (Cincinnati), Ohio.
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