Christmas activities on tap this weekend

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A variety of Christmas-themed events will take place this weekend in the area, beginning with a Dec. 1 Christmas Craft Fair in Barnesville, followed by the annual lighted holiday parade. Bethesda’s Christmas Parade will also be held on Dec. 1, beginning at 2 p.m.

Also that day and Sunday, Dec. 2, for the first time in 10 years, is the Morristown Historic Home Tour.

An old-fashioned Christmas can also be found at the Belmont County Victorian Mansion in Barnesville.

Barnesville Christmas Parade Dec. 1

The annual Barnesville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 2012 Christmas Craft Fair and Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The lighted parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. Parade line-up will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Barnesville High School. Entries must use Christmas lights. Trophies will be awarded in three categories for the best: Float, Walking Group and Horse Entry. No registration fee is required for the parade. Santa Claus will be available to visit with children after the parade at the Barnesville Elementary School in the gymnasium.

Earlier that day, the craft fair will be held at the Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Merchandise available from the crafters will include candles, wreaths, wooden crafts, baked goods, handmade jewelry, ornaments and more.

Bethesda Christmas Parade

The annual Bethesda Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m. Line-up begins at the old school. building and continues down main street.

Santa Spirit Sprint Dec. 1

Come out and join us for a good cause. The 4th Annual Santa Spirit Sprint, sponsored by Corner Fitness, is being held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Barnesville High School. Registration begins at 2:45 p.m. The one-mile course starts at the high school, proceeds onto East Main Street and finishes at Corner Fitness. We offer nearly 40 of the famous, hand-crafted Christmas trophies. After the race, warm yourself up with hot chocolate and home-made Hollie’s Cookie Hut Cookies. You’ll also have a chance to win some cool door prizes!

After the race, stick around and watch the Barnesville Christmas parade. One-hundred percent of the proceeds benefit needy school children in the area during the holiday season. For more info or to download an application, please check out our web site: www.RailsToTrails5k.com Online registration is available at www.TheRaceDeal.com You may also contact Carl Kondrach at 740-619-0070 or Dale Landefeld at 740-579-2387.

Soup and Sweets Lunch Dec. 1

Also that day, Barnesville Rocks Baseball Cooperstown Team will be hosting a Soup and Sweets Lunch on December 1 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Lunch will be $6 and will include soup, rolls, dessert and drinks. Presale tickets will be available from any player or by contacting Mindy Johnson 238-1142.

Watt Center Winter Wonderland Sale Dec. 1

The annual Watt Center Winter Wonderland Sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here is an opportunity for you to purchase decorations for your home. Also available for purchase will be the Taneyhill History Book, The Pictorial History of Barnesville, the 2013 Watt Calendar, Watt hats, and various Barnesville Christmas Bulbs. If you have any gently used decorations that you wish to donate, pleases contact Jean Davies at 425-1497, Beverly Hannahs at 425-1537, Sharon Hanse at 425-1483 or Mary Sidwell at 926-1547.

Magic of Christmas Tours at Victorian Mansion Museum

The Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum, 532 N. Chestnut Street, Barnesville, is celebrating the “The Magic of Christmas” 2012 Christmas season with weekend tours to showcase the many Christmas trees and beautiful decorations throughout this exquisite 26-room Victorian Mansion.

Volunteers have been busy decorating the Mansion for the Christmas Season. Chairperson Emery Stewart III extends his appreciation and thanks to the following decorators who offer their time and talent to make the Mansion Museum sparkle for the Christmas Season. Walton Avenue entrance, Inglenook and staircase — The Flushing Garden Club ( Michelle Meyer, Karen Stalnaker, Cheryl Thompson, Kathy Gibeaut, and Sue Milhorn);idning room — Carolyn Stephen, daughter Tacy Keiger and granddaughter, 6-year-old Addyson Keiger; lst floor powder room, second floor hall and family area — The Hospice of Guernsey, Inc. (Terri Wootton, Debbie Gray, Thelma Monbarren, and Carolyn Dickson); nursery — Barbara Ward, Rev. Kim Snyder, Rodona Dunfee; North bedroom, kitchen and butler’s pantry- Susan Folmar and Sandy Lemmon; master bedroom and bath- Lori Hocking and Troy Biery; 2nd floor turret bedroom- Becky Keylor and Kathy Mosley; music room- Pam Milburn, Barbara Hinkle and Susan McCracken; growlery, 1st and 2nd parlors- Emery Stewart III; maid’s room, formal entry and ballroom- the museum decorating committee, Emery Stewart, Judy Craig and Vicki Duvall.

The Christmas tours began November 24 and each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 16. The holiday tour hours are Friday, 5 - 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. The tour fee is $5 for adults and $2 for ages 6-18. Private tours for groups of 10 or more are available at a reduced rate by reservation only, please call 740 425-2273, 425-2343, 425-1112 or 484-4716.

As a convenience to our many visitors the Museum Christmas tours will be extended from December 26 through January 13, 2013 by reservation only. Please call one of the above numbers to reserve a tour time. The above tour fees apply.

Please join us for “Home for the Holidays” and share in the joy and spirit of “The Magic of Christmas” as you tour this beautiful Victorian home. The Christmas tours are sponsored by the Belmont County Historical Society.

Christmas program and covered dish dinner Dec. 2

A free Christmas program, featuring the combined choir of the Kennonsburg United Methodist Church and Salesville Church of Faith will be held on Sunday, December 2.

There will also be a covered dish dinner. Times will be, 3 p.m. for the program at Salesville Church of Faith, 5 p.m. for dinner at Kennonsburg UMC and 7 p.m. for the program at Kennonsburg UMC. Please bring a covered dish. For more information, contact Barb Moore at 679-2596.

Morristown to host holiday tour of homes and churches

Step back in time and stir your senses on a walk through nine 19th century buildings on the 2012 Holiday Tour of Homes and Churches in Morristown. Williamsburg-inspired decorations of fresh pine and fruit, lanterns and candles will be found in five private homes, the Christian Church, Methodist Church, Town Hall and The Vestry, all lining the original National Pike and National Road.

The tour will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, noon to 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased on Main Street during tour hours for $10 per person.

Morristown, cited as one of the best preserved examples of a National Road town, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This year marks a return of the popular Christmas tour. The last tour was during Morristown’s Bicentennial in 2002.

“We have been working for over a year to create a 19th century Christmas experience,” said John Rataiczak, president of the Morristown Historic Preservation Association, tour sponsor.

The sights and sounds of that experience will include wagon rides, home-cooked food, strolling carolers, and a live nativity.

Adam and Becky Elizeus and their team of Percheron horses will offer wagon rides through the village. Real Life Community of Faith and the Girl Scouts will stage a live nativity and sing carols throughout town. The Boy Scouts will light luminaries along the walks leading to the churches.

In addition, the Morristown Volunteer Fire Department will serve homemade soups, bread, and desserts in the Town Hall. All proceeds from the supper benefit the volunteer fire department. The Flushing Garden Club will sell decorated wreaths from the old Morristown Bank Building on Main Street.

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