School sixth-grader Crystal Reedy helped make a banner to promote
the Yellow Springs Holiday Open House.
bet for a holiday affair
As each day from now until Dec. 31 rings in slightly colder and shorter
than the one before it, your urge to bury yourself deep under bedcovers
and not come out until spring may be growing very strong. To resist this
smothering isolationist defense as long as possible, heres what
you should do this Saturday:
Arise naturally without an alarm clock to greet what you hope will be
the sun shining brightly against a clear sky.
Brew a pot of coffee and enjoy a few cups in full bed gear with the morning
paper, reading nothing of war and only stories of beauty or great human
triumph. This could be a short-lived activity.
Put on some chunky wool socks and gather the children in their hats and
mittens for a garrulous frolic into town, kicking and crunching the last
of the leaves under your feet as you go.
The kids will want instant gratification, so head toward the Bryan Community
Center where they can pet friendly llamas and perhaps an angora rabbit
during the Handspun-Handwoven Show & Sale, sponsored by
the Weavers Guild of the Miami Valley. Meanwhile you can pick up
a handwoven sweater your brother in Florida will need when he comes to
visit and a skein of burgundy red handspun wool for your aunt who knits.
Next, walk up the hill to Dayton Street to see the lights and nylon art
banners made by students at the Community Childrens Center, the
Antioch School, Mills Lawn Elementary and the McKinney School.
Duck into Epic Book Shop for some hot apple cider and buy a book on Ayurvedic
healing to broaden the horizons of your friend whos strictly allopathic
medicine. There are toys in there for the kids, too.
You might be feeling hungry after this and in need of toe warming, so
walk over to the First Presbyterian Church to get a warm lunch from 11
a.m. to 2 p.m.
After lunch, get your picture taken with the fat bearded man roaming around
town in a red suit. That will be Kings Yard owner Roger Hart or someone
U.S. Bank has recruited to dress up like the man from the North Pole.
Youre starting to feel a little light in the pocket, and you want
to find some deals. Check around at certain stores to find coupons to
use in certain other stores. Tell the kids its a treasure hunt.
Who knows, you may find a coupon at would you, could you In
a Frame that you can use at Glen Garden Gifts to buy the poinsettia youve
been wanting for the coffee table.
Dont forget the frozen-fingered fiddlers who will be out in various
locations throughout downtown making merry music to lift your spirits,
which might be flagging out in the cold. If they can do it, so can you.
Grab some hot tea and lemon bars at Current Cuisine and then head over
to the Glen Helen Building, where the Glen Helen Nature Arts and Crafts
Show awaits your arrival. Visit with the artists who will be on hand and
buy some hand-printed Christmas cards. Then make a bid on your favorite
artists piece. It may be your lucky day.
After such a long fun-filled day, your holiday shopping could be well
But if you still have more gifts to buy, the Holiday Open House downtown
and the Glen Helen Nature Arts and Crafts Show run all day Sunday as well.