Monday, December 3, 2012
Avon's Candlelite Walk weekend brought out thousands to enjoy warm weather and holiday cheer.
The annual Candlelite Walk in Avon included trains, gingerbread houses, carolers and of course, Santa, who made the journey from Olde Avon Village to the Heritage Square Gazebo in the French Creek District in a horse-drawn carriage. Seasonal revelers enjoyed temperatures nearing 60 on Saturday night and carolers and residents followed Santa west down Detroit Avenue carrying battery-lit candles to the gazebo where singing continued. The events followed a Wine Walk on Friday night. Did you take pictures? Add them to our gallery.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Three days of events will start the holiday season in Avon.
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 …
Monday, December 19, 2011
We've caught Santa on camera throughout Patch towns in our area. We'd love to see your photos too!
Ever wonder how Santa visits all those houses on Christmas Eve? Well we don't wonder at all. We've seen him at the Acme in Stow, at the Brecksville Public Library, and even at Crocker Park in Westlake. With all the locations he's been spotted at throughout our area this month, it's no wonder he can hit everybody's house on the big night. So, we're sharing our Santa photos with you to get you in the holiday spirit. Want to share yours too? Sure, that'd be awesome.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Santa stopped by Avon East to have breakfast and meet Avon's youngsters, courtesy of the Avon Early Childhood PTA.
That Santa fella sure is busy this time of year. Saturday he was at Avon East Elementary School for the Avon Early Childhood Parent Teacher Association’s Breakfast with Santa, an annual fundraiser that usually yields about 700 Santa-seers, said ECPTA member Mariko Weaver “We probably raise between $2,000 and $3,000 dollars,” said Weaver, who co-chairs the event with Jen Williams. “At the end of the year, the ECPTA gets together and donates whatever money we have left to local charities.” Did you bring your child to meet Santa? Share your photos here! The event featured a continental breakfast, a crafts room for kids to color sun catchers and mail letters to Santa, a raffle of 30 items donated from area businesses, musical entertainment …
Monday, December 5, 2011
Santa stopped by Paws by the Lake to take photos with more than 100 pets at Love-A-Stray event.
More than 100 pets got their picture taken with Santa Claus at Paws by the Lake Saturday for the Pet Photos with Santa benefit for Love-A-Stray. The organization asked for a donation of $10, and Santa, his elves and some props were available. “All the Love-A-Stray volunteers look forward to Pet Photos with Santa because so many of the dogs we have rescued throughout the year attend the event with their new families to support our non-profit group,” Love-A-Stray director Connie Field said. “There is nothing better than seeing a dog that was once sad and homeless march into the room with their new family, knowing they are happy and safe now." All proceeds went to Love-A-Stray Non-Profit Rescue. Refreshments, raffles and door prizes were …
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Santa Claus made a stop at Saturday's Santa Stroll & Tree Lighting.
Santa Claus took a vacation from the North Pole on Saturday to stop by Avon's tree-lighting ceremony and listen to children's Christmas wishes at the Santa Stroll & Tree Lighting. The event was sponsored by the French Creek Development Association, which hosted a reception in the newly-renovated Avon Isle with refreshments and model trains set up by the Railblazers and the Amherst Railroaders. Fran Burik, president of the French Creek Development Association, said the event was a success. "There more people than we expected, a lot more," she said. Did you get some pictures of the tree-lighting, or your children with Santa? Share them here!
Friday, December 2, 2011
There are so many holiday-inspired events this weekend, we expanded our list!
Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, the dust has settled from Black Friday and the cyber dust has settled from Cyber Monday. The holiday season is in full force, so much so that this week’s Five Things comes with a holiday bonus -- no, not a lifetime enrollment in the Jelly of the Month Club -- it's actually Eight Things, and they're all holiday themed. Mark your calendar while you sip your egg nog.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Santa Claus, tree lighting, Candlelite Walk and wine walk all coming to French Creek District.
For the past 31 years, the first weekend in December has been a big one in Avon. That’s when the Avon Candlelite Walk takes over the French Creek District. “We typically have about two or three thousand people come out” throughout the weekend, said Lori Miles, owner of Details and The Littlest Details. “It’s kind of a tradition, it’s a lot of fun, and we’re really looking forward to it.” This year, the walk is Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 4, and all members of the French Creek District Merchant’s Association will be participating, offering in-store specials, refreshments, door prizes and entertainment in festively-decorated storefronts throughout downtown Avon. But what’s a holiday celebration without Santa Claus lighting the tree…
Annual event benefits local animal rescue and adoption organization
It’s that time of the year. And don’t forget your pets! This Saturday, make sure you bring your pet (iguanas welcome) to the Pet Photos with Santa Fundraiser at D.O.G. Apparel/Paws by the Lake. The Dec. 3 event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Get a professional digital photograph of your pet or pets with a fabulous Santa complete with Elves and Sleigh. Love-A-Stray, the event’s sponsor is asking for a $10 donation. There is a large daycare area for your dog to relax while waiting for Santa. The annual event has become a favorite for pet owners locally. “All the Love-A-Stray volunteers look forward to Pet Photos with Santa because so many of the dogs we have rescued throughout the year attend the event with their new families to support our non-…
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Have you started your holiday shopping yet?
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but there are still 25 shopping days until Christmas. Freaking out yet? Some get their holiday shopping done early. Others have barely started. This year, a major car repair knocked out my plans to get most of my shopping done early. Other families are dealing with more serious financial stresses. Today, let's talk gifts and shopping. Have you been to the stores after Thanksgiving, or have you let your fingers do the walking across the keyboard and shopped online? Share your tips for shopping, cyber-shopping, and finding the right gift for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list. Who is the hardest person to shop for on your gift list? Remember the old Sears Wish List catalog of olden days? What…