Kicking off Holiday in the Springs
By Deborrah Adams
The Village of Yellow Springs will undergo a yuletide transformation with the Third Weekend Fling’s kick-off for “Holiday in the Springs,” a collaborative venture to offer season-long special events and activities for visitors in addition to the unique shopping and dining experiences found in Yellow Springs.
The official start of the holiday season will be the night of Friday, November 19, with “A Springs Illumination.” Businesses and residents will have decorated and beautified the village adding to the holiday spirit. In addition to the lights and scenery, there will be live music and entertainment throughout the evening. According to Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce, there will be free carriage rides, carolers, fires and warm up spots around town, and a number of shops and galleries will be having special events.
But the weekend holiday fun doesn’t stop there. On Saturday, November 20, there will be a “Kids’ Scavenger Hunt” starting in King’s Yard just off Xenia Avenue from 12-3 p.m. that will have children winding around town in search of snowflakes. Santa will be at Brother Bear’s Coffee at 118 Dayton St., from 1- 4 p.m. Throughout the weekend, adults can register at participating businesses for a chance to win a holiday gift basket.
In addition to the holiday launch activities there are other events taking place throughout Yellow Springs for Third Weekend Fling. This will be the final weekend of performances of the Yellow Springs High School Drama Club and Thespian Troupe #4671’s fall production of Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest. Presented in association with the YSHS Theatre Arts Association and directed by Sarah Elder, the performances will be Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Mills Lawn School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Of course Third Friday means gallery openings and receptions around town. In keeping with the holiday theme, the Village Artisans at 100 Corry St. are hosting a reception for their annual holiday gift gallery opening from 6-9 p.m. Across the street at 113 Corry St., Would You, Could You In a Frame will be hosting an opening reception for “The Polaroid Project” by Liz Zaff. Zaff is a portrait artist who specializes in painted portraits on cardboard.
The Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery at 309 Xenia Ave. will host “Portrait of a Woman,” an exhibit of paintings and mixed media by local artists Jade Nikita McConnell and Travis Tarbox Hotaling will open with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Additional showings will be open from 12-4 p.m. on November 27, and on December 4 and 11. For more information contact Travis at email@example.com.
At Emporium Wines, 233 Xenia Ave., Duke Dewey and Jim Volk will perform during the Third Friday wine tasting from 6:30 -10 p.m. Emporium Wine is also currently exhibiting the art of Sherri Phillips, so stop in and check it out.
Peach’s Grill is the place for late night music. Friday starts it off with Sasha Cohen and The Magnolias, an Indie/Blues/Americana blended band, and Crazy Joe along with The Mad River Outlaws will be playing on Saturday. Both shows start at 10 p.m.
There is holiday excitement to participate in and enjoy beyond Third Weekend. First Presbyterian Church at 314 Xenia Ave. will hold its annual “Holiday at Home Community Thanksgiving Dinner” on Thursday, Nov. 25, from 2-4 p.m. Sponsored by the Interspiritual Council, the dinner includes traditional dishes as well as vegetarian and vegan. According to Mary Kay Clark, church administrative assistant, “It is a wonderful time of sharing and celebration.” Reservations are not needed and guests who desire may bring a dish to share but are not required to do so. For more information call the church at (937) 767-7751.
On Friday, November 26, the community is invited to come out and help support the Yellow Springs Food Pantry. Ye Olde Trail Tavern, Dunphy Realty and the Yellow Springs Police Departmen are sponsoring carriage rides and visits with Santa from 1-4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable foods and cleaning products.
Yellow Springs Methodist Church at 202 S. Winter St., will host its annual “Santa Breakfast” on Saturday, December 4, from 9-11:30 a.m. The morning includes crafts and time with Santa for the kids, as well as breakfast for all ages. No reservations are necessary and the event is free for kids and $5 for adults. “It’s just a fun time for the kids with all the crafts and, of course, breakfast with Santa” said Linda Shook, church secretary. Call the church at (937) 767-7560 for details.
On Saturday night, December 4, the “Third Annual Amateur Talent Night” fundraiser and benefit for First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs will take place at Emporium Wines from 7-9 p.m. It’s an evening of song ushering in the holiday season. It will be free to the public and includes finger foods and wine tasting (for which there is a small charge). Donations are accepted and will benefit the church. For more information call 767-7751 or visit www. HYPERLINK “http://firstname.lastname@example.org” \t “_blank” yspresby.blogspot.com.
For updated information about Yellow Springs events and Holiday in the Springs, call (937) 767-2686 or visit www.destinationyellowsprings.com and click on the Holiday in the Springs guide.
Reach DCP freelance writer Deborrah Adams at email@example.com