Gearing up for the holidays

Christmas cheer will soon be filling the streets of Wapakoneta, as local shops gear up for an annual event.
Wapakoneta’s Holiday Open Houses, which is scheduled to kickoff Friday and continue through the weekend of Nov. 2-4, has organizers excited because a handful of new shops will be joining in on the festivities this year.
“This is a neat way to kick off the holidays,” Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops (WASS) Treasurer Charlotte Williams said, “and there are six new stores that will be joining us.”
WASS sponsors the event, and with new, and nearly new, stores such as Fern Hill Farmhouse, Relics, Finders Keepers, Thrifty Designs, The Magnolia and Nearly New Thrift Store, there will be a variety of goods to shop for.
“They are a wonderful complement to us,” Casa Chic co-owner Laura Clementz said. “It’s a good draw to downtown and it gives such a variety.”
In addition, there will be horse and carriage rides next Saturday, Nov. 3, and each store will celebrate the occasion in its own way by providing refreshments from hot apple cider to cookies and some will include raffle prizes and giveaways.
Also, Salem United Methodist Church and St. Paul United Church of Christ will host bazaars during the event.
Salem United Methodist Church plans to host their activities on Friday
and Saturday, while St. Paul United Church of Christ will host vendors, a cookie and candy walk and lunch on Saturday at the church.
“Everybody has something unique to offer,” Williams said.
The Riverside Art Center will host a gift gallery, with approximately 15 vendors selling items in their store.
Cloud Nine Cafe is selling homemade fudge, which is a new item to their menu, along with Marley’s Downtown having specials on Saturday and Sunday.
Also, Sweet Caroline’s barbecue chicken and ribs trailer is set to be at O’Reilly Auto Parts parking lot on Bellefontaine Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.
sThis is a fundraiser for a local Boy Scout who is working toward his Eagle Scout award.
Organizers hope to bring Christmas cheer during the weekend, as people are starting to think about the upcoming holidays.
“This is a neat way to kick off the holiday season,” Williams said.
This is a way for area residents to find holiday decorations along with beginning their Christmas shopping.
“Stores will have early and late hours,” Clementz said. “This event will help kick off the whole holiday season.”
The theme for the 12th annual Holiday Open Houses is “Home for the Holidays.”