Sunday, December 23, 2012
Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.
In the midst of all the holiday hoopla, do you stop every time you find Miracle on 34th Street on television? Between the made-for-TV offerings, the newbies and the annual chestnuts, there are lots of opportunities to get some holiday spirit from the comfort of your couch. Vote in our poll and share your favorites in the comments! Do you need some modern humor, like Elf, or are you hooked on classics like It's a Wonderful Life and White Christmas when it comes to Christmas movies? Which variation of A Christmas Carol has you wishing for roast goose and plum pudding, Alastair Sim's version or Scrooged? Are there TV movies that you remember, even though few do, like The Homecoming (which led to The Waltons series) or The House Without a …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Check out some of these local craft shows that are just a short drive away. If you know of others, add them in the comments.
If you’re still searching for the perfect presents for your family and friends this holiday season, don’t worry—craft shows are still going strong all over the Northeast Ohio area. Here are the details on a few shows in the area: If you know of any other shows this weekend, add them in the comments! And if you're hosting or attending an upcoming craft show, add it to our free event calendar. The Plain Dealer has more craft shows for this weekend and beyond on its website.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
One local youth capitalizes on warm weather and the Christmas spirit.
Ten-year-old Gavin of Avon Lake channels his inner entrepreneur and finds a way to capitalize on an unseasonably warm December day. Patch's camera caught him (after doing a double take) after he set up a hot chocolate stand on Electric Boulevard, donned a Santa hat and began selling to passers-by on Dec. 1. Temperatures neared 60 degrees on Saturday.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Three days of holiday events and Christmas specials.
Avon’s Candlelite Walk, a perennial favorite holiday tradition, is scheduled for Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 this year. The event, sponsored by the French Creek Merchants and the French Creek Development Associations, draws visitors from all over Northeast Ohio as well as locally. Starting at noon on Friday, Nov. French Creek merchants and restaurants will offer “Candy Cane” specials, valuable prize drawings and tasty treats for holiday shoppers. Shops will be adorned in their holiday best showcasing thousands of ornaments and gift ideas. Friday at dusk, stroll the candlelit sidewalks of Avon’s French Creek District, starting with the second annual “Winter Wine Walk” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m, where participants are invited to taste an array of wines and …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Jewelry, unique photos and baked goods are available at other nearby craft shows.
If you’re looking for some unique gifts this holiday season, Northeast Ohio’s craft shows and holiday bazaars are a great place to start. Here are some upcoming events with information from nearby Patch sites: The Plain Dealer has a full list of craft shows for this weekend and beyond on its website. Are you hosting or attending a craft show before the holidays? Add it to our free event calendar.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Tell us - or show us - what ol' Mr. Claus left under the tree for you this year!
Well, Merry Christmas everyone. Chances are you've already had that minor moment of judgment as you come down the stairs or around the hall and see what's under the Christmas tree, and you know for sure whether you were naughty or nice. Now that that's over, what did you get? Upload a picture of the big one this year, whether it's as small as a bag of coffee beans from Caribou Coffee, or as big as an engagement ring. I'll go first.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Are you holly-jolly yet?
If you've put off getting your Christmas tree, there's still time and plenty of options around Avon and Lorain County. Avon City Council will meet for a work session at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall. One of the topics up for discussion will be a plan for "Bulk Week" for picking up recyclables, bulk waste and yard waste. If you have a library book do this week, get it to the Avon Branch Library by Friday. It's closed Saturday through Dec. 27. There will also be no Bookmobile service. Even after Saturday's snow, the odds are not looking good for a white Christmas. Temperatures go into the 40s for the middle of the week with rain in the forecast for Wednesday. No precipitation is forecast yet for the weekend. Are you running a lot of last …
Friday, December 16, 2011
What are you doing this weekend?
There are lots of ways to help people in need this Christmas. You can bring non-perishable food, new toys and new or gently used coats to Share Your Holidays starting at 4 p.m. Friday at Levin Furniture. 19 Action News will be doing live broadcasts and members of the Harlem Globetrotters will be there. Take some time away from the holiday glitz and glitter to enjoy the natural beauty of Poinsettia Pandemonium at Miller Nature Preserve. Kids -- and adults -- can take a fresh look at the Christmas story at Avon United Methodist Church's Christmas Pagaent, Through the Eyes of the Friendly Beasts, at 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Get your child's photo with Santa and help a local organization on Sunday at Avon Cafe. For a $10 fee, a …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
What are your must-do's for the holiday season?
From the Feast of the Seven Fishes to special Christmas pajamas to black-eyed peas on New Year's Day, the holiday season is filled with traditions. Traditions and rituals are an important part of holidays. They connect us with memories of the past, and give the children a legacy of memories of their own. Some of my favorite Christmas traditions were walking with my family in the pine woods at Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn., to choose a tree. We also went to Bethlehem to mail our Christmas cards. Not only would they have the Bethlehem postmark, but the post office has special "Christmas Town" ink stamps to decorate the envelopes of your cards. Since I moved to Ohio, I've heard of local traditions like going to see Santa at Halle…
Monday, December 5, 2011
Here's what's going on!
Avon City Council has a work session at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, followed by a special meeting with an executive session to discuss personnel matters. On the agenda for the work session is a proposal by Mayor Jim Smith to reclassify the position of utilities superintendent. Already feeling bombarded by holiday glitz and glam? Enjoy some natural beauty at Miller Nature Preserve's Poinsettia Pandemonium. Admission to the show is included in the $2 entrance fee to the conservatory. After you check out the beautiful flowers, find a gift for the plant lover in your life in the Nature Nook Gift Shop. If you need a break from malls and big-box stores, go to the Folger Home in Avon Lake for the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza from 6 to 9 p.m. …