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Thursday, December 1

 

Trail of Lights at Lake Hope State Park - EVERYDAY THROUGH DEC. 31

Lake Hope State Park; 27331 St. Rt. 278; McArthur; email

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; call 740-598-3030; Free; every day through Dec. 31

Stop by the Lake Hope Nature Center and experience the revival of a Lake Hope tradition, the Trail of lights is free and open to the public.

 

Friday, December 2

 

Final Fridays - Holiday Shopping Alternative - FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY

Nelsonville Public Square; call 740-753-1001; free; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Final Fridays- Holiday Shopping Alternative at North Pole Nelsonville. Gifts of Handmade Art not found anywhere else! Visit Santa's Village to get a peek at behind-the-scenes toy making wonderland. Final Fridays, a community art event, takes place in the Historic Square Arts District in Nelsonville.

 

Saturday, December 3

 

Winter Carnival in Lancaster

Destination Downtown Lancaster; various locations; call 740-277-6607; Free; noon - 4 p.m.

Horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown, pictures with Santa, a day full of holiday fun! Free event,  Fun activities such as cookie decorating, ornament making, and children's crafts (most of which are free). Stop at the Lancaster Holiday Handmade Market at The Lodge in Lancaster

-Sign-up for the 90.9 Christmas Cookie Bake-Off

 

Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5:45pm

-Performance by the Singing Gales of Lancaster

-Light the downtown Christmas Tree 

-Free cookies and hot chocolate

This is a family, friendly and free event. Music begins at 5:45pm and the ceremony begins at 6pm. For more information please visit, DestinationDowntownLancaster.com or call 740-277-6607.

 

Santa Train - SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway; 33 Canal St; Nelsonville; call 800-967-7834 or 740-743-9531; tickets include adults, $17; seniors, $15; children $13; every Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 26 to Dec. 18; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Historic train ride with a visit from Santa during the ride. Saturdays and Sundays. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

 

Christmas/ Santa Parade - A LOGAN BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

Downtown Logan; Main Street at Worthington Park; call 740-385-6836; Free; 2 - 7 p.m.

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Hocking Hills State Park then join us for the Logan Christmas Parade, "A Bicentennial Christmas," will have floats, marching bands, horses, and other local entries for a festive occasion. Bundle up and gather along Main Street to watch for Santa, who arrives at the end of the parade.   The kids can visit with Santa in Worthington Park after the parade. Lots of other activities throughout the day and evening including the 2nd Annual Hocking Hills Holiday Treasure Hunt. Find one-of-a-kind treasures for everyone on your shopping list.

 

Festival of Trees at The Bowen House

The Bowen House; 196 N. Market St; Logan; email

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; call 740-385-0344; Free; 2 to 5 p.m.

The Bowen House will be beautifully decorated from head to toe with an array of unique and creative trees and other holiday displays. Special events to occur throughout the month.

 

North Pole Nelsonville

The Public Square; Nelsonville; Call 740-753-1924; Events happening throughout the month of December

North Pole Nelsonville is happening all month long on the Square in Nelsonville and this Saturday, December 3rd will feature the Christmas Parade and a whole day of great holiday events! Stuart's Opera House will host several events throughout the day too! Join us for a FREE holiday movie in the Opera House at Noon with a screening of the classic The Year Without Santa Claus, no tickets needed. Stuart's will also host an Open House from 11:00am-4:00pm in our new space that is under construction, come on out for hard hat tours of the future Stuart's lobby and building at 30 Public Square, tours on the half hour. See the amazing new spaces that Stuart's will have opening next year! The open house tours are also free. The parade starts at 10:00am on Public Square and the Stuart's events continue throughout the day. And on Saturday evening, Stuart's will host the ABC Players and their production of The Littlest Angel at 7:00pm. The Littlest Angel also has performances on Friday at 7:00pm and Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets for The Littlest Angel are general admission and are available in advance at www.stuartsoperahouse.org or (740) 753-1924 and will be available at the show one hour before each performance.

 

Sunday, December 4

 

A Taste of Dickens at the Glenlaurel Inn

Glenlaurel Inn; 14940 Mt. Olive Rd; Rockbridge; call 800-809-7378 or 740-385-4070; $189-$379 for dinner and lodging; reservation required; Wednesdays and Sundays; 6 p.m.

Join us for our traditional yet festive holiday dinner. Our 6 course fine dining offers delectable gourmet courses, and a performer will read excerpts from Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol between courses. Social hour begins at 6 PM in the Loch Ness Pub. Dinner begins promptly at 7, and will last for approximately 2 hours. When you stay on a Dickens night, you'll get 50% off lodging when the Dickens Dinner is booked! Call us today to make reservations. Space is limited and is always a sold-out event! This event is a great way to get into the spirit of the holiday season and it makes a great holiday gift for those hard to buy for. Call Guest Services to make your reservation. Dinner $49 per person; reservations based on availability.

 

Final Fridays - Holiday Shopping Alternative - FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY

Nelsonville Public Square; call 740-753-1001; free; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Final Fridays- Holiday Shopping Alternative at North Pole Nelsonville. Gifts of Handmade Art not found anywhere else! Visit Santa's Village to get a peek at behind-the-scenes toy making wonderland. Final Fridays, a community art event, takes place in the Historic Square Arts District in Nelsonville.

 

Saturday, December 10

 

Santa Train - SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway; 33 Canal St; Nelsonville; call 800-967-7834 or 740-743-9531; tickets include adults, $17; seniors, $15; children $13; every Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 26 to Dec. 18; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Historic train ride with a visit from Santa during the ride. Saturdays and Sundays. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

 

Christmas in Ash Cave

Ash Cave Parking Lot; Hocking Hills State Park; St. Rt. 56; Logan; Call 740-385-6841; Free; 5 to 7 p.m.

Step away from the hectic holiday season and come bundled for the weather while enjoying a lighted stroll back to Ash Cave. Once you arrive at the cave, warm with refreshments by an open fire. Listen to our holiday music, have the kids visit with an old fashioned Santa or help to decorate our Christmas tree for wildlife.

 

Holidays in the Country with Camp Oty'Okwa's

Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Ohio, Camp Oty'Okwa; 24799 Purcell Rd; S. Bloomingville, OH 43152

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; Call 740-603-3911; $30 per person or table of 6 for $225; Reservations required; 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy a "Holiday in the Country"! This annual Holiday Banquet and Silent Auction will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Camper Scholarship Fund. Located at Camp Oty'Okwa, in the beautiful Hocking Hills, this event will feature a festive wagon ride to the dining lodge where quests will be treated to a gourmet holiday banquet. The evening will also include musical entertainment with "Just the DJ" and live performances by "Folkwood Players" and "Audie Wykle". Offerings at a Silent Auction include donations by local merchants and artisans. Reservation can be made by sending a check to Camp Oty'Okwa, 1855 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43229 (Memo: Holiday Banquet)

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY - Flea & Farmers' Market at Hocking Hills Market; US 33, Rockbridge. This is a large flea market with many outside and inside vendors every weekend - Friday through Sunday - featuring unique items, antiques, collectibles, beautiful crafts and outstanding in-season produce.

 

 

 

ONGOING

 

Thursdays - Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour Rockside Winery & Vineyards, 2363 Lancaster Newark Rd NE, Lancaster; 740-687-4414; 5 pm to 8 pm Looking for the happiest hours out there? We think making it halfway through the week is reason enough to celebrate! Stop by after work for $4 glasses of our estate grown and produced wines. Nosh on our delicious Ohio cheese and crackers at a discount. Otherwise you can bring in your own picnic, or order in from one of the near by pizza joints! (Recurring Event every Thursday excluding major holidays).

 

MAY 28 TO NOVEMBER 27 - Mastery: Sustaining Momentum Exhibit Dairy Barn Arts Center, 8000 Dairy Lane, Athens; 740-592-4981; noon to 5 pm Tue/Wed/Fri/Sat; noon to 8 pm Thur; 1 pm to 5 pm Sun; $6; $4 Students & Seniors; under 12 free; Members Free One of Quilt Nationals founders, Nancy Crow, curator, has selected artists who are masters of their technique and media. Chosen for their individual voices and continuing development in their field, these master quilt makers are exhibiting all new works.

 

MONDAYS - Children's Chorus; Stop in and listen to the delightful sounds of the Children's Chorus every Monday from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Call 740-385-0344 for more info.

 

MONDAY AND THURSDAYS AND OTHERS BY APPOINTMENT - Beginner Bead Making Classes; Have fun learning to melt glass while making your own glass beads and charms for bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Everything is supplied that you need to make beautiful glass beads. Ages 14 and up. $25 per class, offered at 11 a.m. and 1,3 and 5 p.m.; call for reservations - 740-385-1384; Liquid Light Gallery, 18345 Unger Rd, Logan

 

TUESDAYS - Science with Mr. Turtle at the Logan Library; Join Mr. Harry every Tuesday from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in the Children's Library and explore the world of science. Every age is the right age to learn! Logan Library, 230 East Main Street, Logan. FREE.

 

TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS - Story Time at the Logan Library; Children of all ages can come out for story time. Weekly readings take place at 6:15 p,m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. Logan Library, 230 East Main Street, Logan. FREE.

 

FIRST AND THIRD WEDNESDAYS - Doodle Bugs - 10 a.m.; FREE art club for newborns, infants and toddlers up to age 3. Meeting the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Participants can come anytime between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. Toddlers will explore the fun

of art hands-on and take home a masterpiece! Newborns and infants will have hands and feet painted for creative keepsakes. Sponsored by the Hocking County Early Childhood Department, Help Me Grow & Early Intervention. Hocking County Library, 230 E. Main Street, Logan; Call Stephanie at 740-380-1315 for more information.

 

WEDNESDAYS - Quilt Therapy - 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Every Wednesday our classroom is open all day for anyone who wants to come and sew. Bring a project, even one you are having struggles with and one of our folks will be happy to help you. It is a fun day to come and be with other quilters. Lunch is on your own. Nelsonville Quilt Company, 52 W Washington St, Nelsonville; call 740-753-3343 for more info; FREE

 

WEDNESDAYS - Yoga in the Hills; This class is offered surrounded by the beauty of the Hocking Hills. Weather permitting; classes are outside on our wonderful deck among the trees. All levels of experience are welcome, as are groups! Call ahead for details - we may be having class, with our wonderful instructor, at a waterfall near you! 5 to 6 p.m. Visit http://www.massageyogacenter.com/ for locations details. Blue Valley Massage & Traveling Spa, 888-74-PEACE (747-3223); COST: $10

 

WEDNESDAYS - Sweet Treat Wednesday: Wine tasting paired with locally made Wren Valley Truffles. 25% off hand-made gourmet caramel apples. Bring your own food or have pizza delivered. Hocking Hills Winery, 30402 Freeman Road, Logan, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Call 740- 3857117 for more information; COST: $12 for six tastings.

 

THURSDAYS - Yoga at the Bowen House; Join Yoga instructor Elle Delmatto every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Class fee is $6. Class is open to all and no pre-registration is necessary. The Bowen House Community Center for Arts & Education, 196 N Market St, Logan; call 740-3850344 for more info.

 

THURSDAYS - Yarn Lovers Unite; Members are invited to join at the library to work on various projects and share techniques and progress. Anyone who knits, croquets or sews is invited to attend.  All are welcome regardless of experience and ability, as this is a chance to share and learn. 1 to 3 p.m. Call 740-385-2348 for more information; Logan-Hocking County Library, 230 E. Main Street, Logan, FREE.

 

THURSDAYS - Introduction to Technology. Have questions about your tablet, laptop, email or even Facebook. There will be a staff member in the reference area to help you. Logan Hocking County Library, 230 East Main Street, Logan, 3 - 4 p.m. Call 740-385-2348 for more information.

 

SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS - Hocking Hills Artists and Craftsmen Marketplace. Open every weekend where you can find unique handcrafted items from local artists. Chat with the artist while you watch their demonstrations. Stay a little, shop a little, dine a little. Open Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Hocking Hills Dining Lodge, 20020 State Route 664 South. Call 740-707-0246 for more information.

 

DAILY - Honeybee Extravaganza: The Logan-Hocking County Library has honeybees! We have a beautiful, live bee display, courtesy of Dave Saving. Come and witness the bees work. Find the queen bee! Learn about the interworking of the hive. The bees are on display for everyone to see. Logan Hocking Library, 230 East Main St., Logan. Hours are Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. FREE.

 

DAILY - SALT AND PEPPER SHAKER MUSEUM AT FIDDLESTIX; View several hundred vintage figural salt and pepper shaker sets at Fiddlestix Village; 24180 St. Rt. 93 just south of the St. Rt. 56/93 intersection. A changing display of shaker sets are arranged by categories on shelves in three large windows. Groups include various animals, people, holidays, birds, fish, tools, buildings, vacation souvenirs and many more. Most of the sets are from the 1940s to the present. A smaller window hosts a monthly special exhibit. The best viewing time is between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Viewers are invited at their own risk, and the exhibit is open unless there is snow or ice on the parking lot. Fiddlestix Village, 24180 St. Rt. 93, Creola - (Do not go to Creola ~ this is a mapping address.) The location is just south of the intersection of St. Rts. 56 and 93, close to Ash Cave. For more information, call Historic Host at 740-753-3105. FREE.

 

DAILY - Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum - Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Rev. Paul Johnson began his collection over 20 years ago. His Pencil Sharpener Museum, previously located at his home, has been moved to the Welcome Center and is open daily. This amazing collection of over 3400 pencil sharpeners has been featured in national magazines and is reputed to be the largest collection in the United States. Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center, 13178 St. Rt. 664 S, Logan; 740- 3859706; FREE.

 

DAILY - Columbus Washboard Company Tours; 14 Gallagher Ave, Logan; 740-380-3828 Ever seen the inner workings of a centuries old brick factory with vintage equipment used in the 1800s?  Not only do we have a veritable museum of American history but we actually still use many of these old tools and machines to make the products we ship all over the world.  We invite you and your family to stop in and see us when you're in town and take one of our guided factory tours.  There's nothing quite like it anywhere else in the Hocking Hills. Details: 6 or more people preferred. General Admission $4.00 plus 10% discount on purchases (Plus a free fridge magnet.) Seniors $3.00 plus 10% discount on purchases & free fridge magnet. Students & Children (up to 18) $2.00 plus 10% discount on purchases & free fridge magnet. Active Military (with ID) FREE Tour Times All Year Round Monday - Friday 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 May through October Only Monday - Friday 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 Saturdays 11:30 & 1:00

 

 

 

 

Member News:

  • The next board meeting will take place on January 23, 2017 at 12 noon at the Hocking County CIC Building conference room.

 

 

 

 

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