OHIO VALLEY — Looking for something to do after the Thanksgiving holiday, there is plenty to do right here in our region.
Event information provided to the Sentinel for this weekend includes:
Christmas on the Screen
Riverbend Arts Council, 290 N. 2nd Ave., Middleport, will present Christmas on Screen directed by B.J. Kreseen at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. The Big Bend Community Band under the direction of Toney Dingess will play at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. Popcorn, cookies and candy will be available. Public is invited.
Keep Your Fork 5K
The 15th annual Keep Your Fork 5K Road Race will take place at at 10 a.m. beginning in the Meigs High School parking lot. The race is held each year in memory of Brandi Thomas and benefits the Brandi Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund. Registration takes place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the race site.
Small Business Saturday
Local businesses thoughout Meigs County will be participating in Small Business Saturday which encourages individuals to “Shop Small” and support local businesses. Whether shopping in Pomeroy, Chester, Racine or any of the other locations throughout Meigs County visit local businesses, restaurants and retailers during the national event.
Christmas Along the River
Following on the heels of Small Business Saturday, Pomeroy will hosts its annual Christmas parade and activities on Sunday. Numerous businesses will take part in open house events throughout the day, with the parade taking pace at 2 p.m. Lineup is at 1 p.m. at the Pomeroy Ballfields. Following the parade kids can visit with Santa Claus at Peoples Bank on Court Street. The open house at Holly Hill Inn will begin at 10 a.m. with the majority of the businesses opening at noon. Additionally, a tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. at Holly Hill Inn.
Additional upcoming holiday events include:
Spreading Christmas Cheer program
The Meigs County Extension Office will be holding the 9th annual Holiday Program, “Spreading Christmas Cheer” on Thursday, Dec. 1. Make and take craft, indoor pine tree, food samplings and door prizes. One class at 11 a.m. and the second class at 6 p.m. at the Meigs County Extension Office located at 113 E Memorial Drive, Suite E, Pomeroy. Preregistration is required and the cost is $25 per person. For more information call 740-992-6696.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Games
SYRACUSE — The third annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Thirty-One and Basket Games will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Syracuse Community Center. Proceeds from the event benefit the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office. Doors open at 5 p.m. with games beginning at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale at Farmers Bank in Pomeroy, Tuppers Plains and Mason. There will be an ugly sweater contest and vendors.
Middleport Christmas Celebration
Saturday, Dec. 3 will be the annual Christmas Celebration in the Village of Middleport hosted by the Middleport Community Association. The Christmas Market will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Riverbend Arts Council building. In addition, there will be free carriage rides for the public from 1:30-4 p.m. loading beside the Riverbend Arts Council building. The community band will perform a concert outside of the Arts Council Building beginning at 4 p.m. until the parade begins at 4:30 p.m. Parade lineup takes place at 4 p.m. at Dairy Queen and along Front Street. Following the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Arts Council Building to visit with the children.
Chester Christmas Open House
The Annual Christmas Open House at the Chester Court House on Dec. 3, in Chester. The event will include a Santa Claus display. The Eastern Bell Choir will be playing starting at 1 p.m. There will be refreshments served in the Chester Academy Dining Hall after the program is over. The event is free for everyone.
Mason Christmas activities
Christmas activities include the parade on Dec. 3 at noon, with Santa visiting the children in the town hall after the parade. On Dec. 1, a tree lighting ceremony will be held outside town hall at 5:30 p.m. A Christmas lighting contest will be held, with the deadline to register at town hall being Dec. 16. Judging will take place Dec. 19 (or Dec. 20 in case of inclement weather).
New Haven Christmas Activities
The Town of New Haven is planning multiple activities for the Christmas season, most of which will occur on Saturday, Dec. 3. A parade, craft show, visits from Santa, musical concert and tree lighting ceremony will be among the events that day. The New Haven Fire Department Auxiliary Christmas Craft Show will start the busy day off at 10 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m. While the craft show is ongoing, those wishing to take part in the Christmas parade will line up at 10:30 a.m. at the community building off Layne Street. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. Following the parade, Santa will be at the fire station. Later that evening at 6 p.m., the town will officially light its Christmas tree in a ceremony outside the city building
Christmas on the Frontier
Christmas on the Frontier will be held at Fort Randolph at Krodel Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 3. Volunteers and reenactors at the fort show visitors what it was like to celebrate Christmas on the frontier.
Coolville Community Choir
The Coolville Community Choir, under the direction of Martha Sue Matheny, will present Christmas! We Remember, Rejoice, Worship at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Hemlock Grove Christian Church.
Carmel-Sutton United Methodist Church will hold its annual Live Nativity from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Leanna Beegle Farm, East of Racine, Ohio, on Tornado Road. Light refreshments available. The event is free to the public. Signs will be posted for directions.
West Virginia State Farm Museum
The West Virginia State Farm Museum will once again host its Christmas lights display from 6-9 p.m., Dec. 9-18. Visitors can drive through, or walk, the museum’s grounds which will be lit with over one million lights. Santa Claus will be in the Country Kitchen each night to visit with children and there will be free cocoa and cookies in the kitchen for visitors as well.
Krodel Christmas Light Show
Open 5:30-9 p.m., nightly, though Dec. 31 at Krodel Park. Visitors to the show drive through the park to take in the lights and can move at their own pace, also parking along the road to stop and take in the show. Admission is free but donations are appreciated to fund the event each year. Volunteers to collect donations are always welcome and needed. For those willing to donate time to the cause, contact Carolin Harris at 304-675-9726.