The Christmas spirit will shine a little bit brighter in Bay Village.
The Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Kiwanis are asking Bay Village residents and children of all ages to join them in celebrating an old-fashioned community Christmas on three Sundays in December.
“If people have not come and seen Rose Hill and everything they do, [the Christmas season is] a wonderful time to come out and take part in the holiday cheer,” Mayor Paul Koomar said. “My family had an opportunity to do it last year and it was a wonderful experience and something that may become a family tradition.”
These events will serve as a kickoff to the holiday season and will include the reading of holiday stories, caroling and crafts, the Kiwanis Christmas tree sale, a visit by Santa Claus and the lighting of the community tree in the Cahoon Memorial Park gazebo.
After Thanksgiving, the Rose Hill Museum will be fully decorated for the holidays, said President of the Bay Village Historical Society Cathy Flament. Society members will be in period dress through the month.
“Clague Playhouse just loaned us costumes,” Flament said. The outfits are similar to the clothes that were worn by the settlers of Bay Village.
Visitors can follow Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus on their journey through the streets of Bay Village aboard a fire truck on Dec. 4. They will leave at 2 p.m. from the Bay Lodge, 492 Bradley Road and will arrive at the gazebo in the center of town for the holiday tree lighting ceremony around 4:30 p.m.
Rose Hill Museum will be beautifully decorated for the holiday season. “The Night Before Christmas” will be read by Preston Postle on Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. The Bay High Choraleers will sing carols at 2:30 p.m on Dec. 11 at the Rose Hill Museum, 27715 Lake Road.
The Bay Village Historical Society recently acquired an early 1800’s working loom. Two weaving guilds, the Medina Spinning and Weaving Guild and the Lorain County Spinners and Weavers, will demonstrate spinning each Sunday afternoon. There will also be demonstrations of weaving on the large loom in the museum, as well as rug hooking demonstrations.
The Society will sell Bay caps and winter beanies as a fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 1 at The Village Project, 27378 West Oviatt Road and from 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. Raphael School, 525 Dover Center Road.
Fabric caps cost $25, mesh caps cost $30 and beanies cost $25. Funds raised from these events will benefit the Society. Treats will be available for kids, the home and mystery bags.
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will pose for pictures with your family aboard therefurbished sleigh 2-4:30 p.m. Dec. 11. The cost is $20, cash or check payable to the Bay Village Historical Society, collected at the event. Photos will be emailed to you. Refreshments will be available. Visit www.bayhistorical.com for a full schedule of events.
Three years ago, an old-fashioned childs’ sleigh was donated to the society. “We stuck it on the porch and it was really in bad shape,” Flament said. This year, members fixed the sleigh, and it will be featured in the photos with Santa. “It’s really cool,” said Flament.
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