December 7, 2013
Christmas Walk Independence
Parade Starts at 5:45pm
New Food Vendors See inside for details
Star Gazing At Cemetery Century 21 Building Annual Train Display
New Event Pickled Bros. Circus
New Event Frisch Marionettes
2 Third Year for Miss Independence
Contents See map on pg 4-5
Walk Guide Descriptions Walk by Number 6-7 Each venue is described in detail.
History of Christmas Walk
A history of how it all got started.
Friday Dec 6th. Come see us crown a new beauty
4 food vendors. Complete list
Sponsors Special Thank you 3,4-5 A special thank you to our Legacy sponsors.
Businesses and council members that helped with the printing of this guide.
Map Route Map
The walk route is detailed in the map and legend provide in this guide
Transportation Details of transportation during the walk.
Returning for its third year, the Miss Independence pageant will be held on Friday, December 6th (the night before the Christmas Walk) at 7pm in the Simon Kenton HS’s Dr. Susan K. Cook auditorium ($3 admission / Kids 36& under are Free). Last year’s 12 event had 8 lovely, young ladies vying for the title and 150 patrons in attendance. Our reigning Miss Independence, Taylor Reynolds, has been a GREAT representa42for this event, participating in tive many city functions and parades.
This year the Independence Christmas 56 Walk is recognizing The Kenton County Independent Army. This is a group formed to help those who live in Kenton County. They offer assistance with 60food, furniture and clothing. They also help out with utility bills if needed. They work closely with local school resource teachers and social services. They will be accepting monetary donations during the Christmas Walk to help further their work in our 65 community. There will be several Christmas characters roaming around the 70 Courthouse Square area and the Town Center area. Herme and the Abdominal Snow Beast, Mickey & Minnie, Buddy the Elf, Gingy, and a big-faced Santa’s elf will 78be appearing around town, making you smile and posing for pictures with the kids and their families. Germany’s St. Nicholas and Dirty Pete will be on hand to tell you about their traditions overseas.
Miss Independence Pageant 2012
Mt Zion Baptist Live Nativity Scene
The Carters Chapel United Methodist Church bell choir
4 The Christmas Parade will start at 5:45, with the Christmas Walk immediately following.
Courthouse Photo Opportunities
A Special Thank You Special Thanks
All Signs NKY Bill Winegardner Boy Scout Troop 8 Cincinnati Carriage Co. Cincinnati Observatory Center City of Independence Public Works City of Independence Staff Daniels' Petting Farm Deaton's Greenhouse Dominach's Tae Kwon Do Green Acres Lawn Care Highland Cemetery, Inc. Independence Business Association Independence Police Dept Jumping Jacks NKY Kelly Jett Kenton Co. 4-H Kenton Co. Fiscal Court Kenton Co. Parks & Rec Kenton Co. Schools Dr. Tara Dallmann Kwik-Kopy Business Center Little Red School House Moon Brothers Post 275 American Legion Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn SK Drama Dept Notre Dame Drama Students Steve & Angie Lutkenhoff, Jr Summit View Middle
School Art Dept TANK Ben Jamin Productions Struckoff Orthodontics All Pro Images Mrs. Amy Schworer Cheryl Hill Yvonne Burkart Kroger Nancy Morgan The Bank of Kentucky Little Miss Kenton County Eleanor Longo & Little Mr. Kenton County Jonathan Bowen Steve Nienaber Doug & Peggy Emerson/ Fantastic Sams Christmas Walk Executive Committee Diana Kloeker, IBA, Jude’s Custom Exhaust Doug Garner, IBA, Garner Century 21 Real Estate Chris Reinersman, IBA, City of Independence, Councilmember Nita Brake, City of Independence, Parks & Recreation Director Pat Taney, City of Independence, City Clerk
Sponsored by Kenton County Library
It All Began in 1997 The Independence Christmas Walk began in 1997 with the efforts of Donna Yeager, Nita Brake and Jamie Henson in cooperation with local business owners. Courthouse Square businesses and residents opened their doors to welcome local residents and help spread some holiday cheer. The event is back on Saturday, December 7th for its 17th and biggest year yet! Members of the Independence Business Association (IBA), the City of Independence and other city business owners are presenting the 2013 Independence Christmas Walk with over two dozen family-themed attractions and venues starting from the Courthouse Square area and extending all the way to the city buildings, near Kroger’s. This event is FREE to our residents and visitors from across the region to give us the chance to display the pride we have in our city of Independence! In addition to expanded attractions, NEW events include a Frish Marionette’s Holiday Punch Show and the Pickled Brothers Circus
The event will kick-off with a tree-lighting ceremony on the front lawn of the Kenton County Courthouse at 5:30 pm with our national anthem sung by Miss Independence 2012, Taylor Reynolds and the American Legion color guard presiding. The lighting of the tree will signal the start of the 3rd Annual Country Christmas Parade*! All venues will then be open from 6-9pm for your visits. There will be PLENTY of free holiday treats and refreshments. More substantial meals are also available for purchase next to the Courthouse, as well as a Spaghetti Dinner at Independence Christian Church. Fire barrels will be sprinkled along the route to help patrons stay warm! Hay wagon shuttles and a Christmas TANK bus will be operating to transport patrons between the Towne Center locations and the Courthouse Square, so families can park where they like and still be able to see all of the venues. *NOTE: There will be no items or candy permitted to be thrown from parade entries, due to darkness.
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Map Master Venue List 1 Independence Christian Church 2 Grace Baptist Church 3 Metcalfe-Stephens-Reinersman House 4 Swindler-Currin Funeral Home 5 Deters Law Office 6 Dance Center 7 US Bank 8 Kenton Co Fire Assessment Insurance 9 Hazelbaker’s Music 11a Gailen Bridges Law Office 11b Bridges’ Adjacent Lot 12 Universal Underwriters’ Building 13 Kenton Co Courthouse 14 Food Vendor Area 15 Mt. Zion Baptist Church 16 Huber & Behle Remodeling 17 Century 21 18 Cutter’s Depot 19 5290 Madison Pike – Practice Logic & Tony Bailey Photography 20 5294 Madison Pike – Independence Journal News 21 St Cecilia Church 22 Jude’s Custom Exhaust, Auto Repair & Towing 23 Independence Cemetery 24 Masonic Lodge 25 Municipal Center 26 Fire Station #1 27 Senior Center East Parking Lot 28 Senior & Community Center
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Christmas Walk Guide & Event Major Event Sponsors
Jude’s Custom Exhaust Auto Repair & Towing
LaRosa’s Pizza (Pizza) Community Family Men’s Group (Hot Dogs, Hamburgers) Dan the Corn Man A variety of sandwiches and sides Jayne’s Funnel Cakes Fair Style Funnel Cakes IBA Soft Drinks and Water
The TANK Christmas Shuttle Bus will pick up and drop off passengers at St. Cecilia Church and on Declaration Drive between the Independence Senior Center and the Firehouse. Each loop will also include a stop in the Kroger Parking Lot (next to the Urgent Care Center) to shuttle passengers to and from their cars. The North Tractor Drawn Wagon will pick up and drop off passengers in the US Bank Parking Lot and the B & B Auto Service lot (just south of Independence Christian Church. The South Tractor Drawn Wagon will pick up and drop off passengers in the 5290 Madison Office Building, in front of St. Cecilia Church, The Independence City Building and Independence Cemetery (northbound trips only). The North Horse Drawn Wagon will pick up and drop off passengers in the 5290 Madison Office Building and the Independence Cemetery. The South Horse Drawn Wagon will pick up and drop off passengers at the Independence City Building and the Independence Senior Center.
Hay Wagon Rides A feature that was VERY popular last year will be back again. FREE hay wagon rides will be available to take you back you back in time and to either end of the Christmas Walk. A huge thanks to our friends at Daniels’ Petting Farm and David Jackson for supplying the wagons, Rising Phoenix Farm in Piner for a tractor and driver, Limestone Supply for tractors and the Kenton County Fair Association for drivers. Please note these are intended to be ONE WAY RIDES. You will be asked to exit the vehicle at the end of the line
Christmas Walk Descriptions Courthouse Square Refreshments will be served inside the Lodge. Stop by to see and pet the animals at the petting zoo sponsored by Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Home 1. Independence Christian Church Independence Christian Church will be hosting a spaghetti dinner to give walkers extra energy. Park early at ICC and enjoy spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a drink. $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for kids 10 and under. Dinner from 5:00 to 7:00. The great folks at our Kenton County Public Library are Sponsoring the Frisch Marionettes Holiday Punch Show at Independence Christian Church with performances at 6:30 and 7:30 PM 2. Grace Baptist Church - Stop in at the beautiful Grace Baptist Church and enjoy Reindeer Games for the kids with prizes. The Independence Youth Choir will be performing at 7:00 PM followed by the Simon Kenton Girls Choir, performing at 8:00 PM 3. Metcalfe-Stephens-Reinersman House - Visitors can walk through and view the decorations in this 19th Century Victorian Home and enjoy a treat. The home was built by Dr. Timothy Metcalfe in 1887. After the turn of the century, the home was the rectory for St. Cecilia Church (located on the approximate site of Swindler & Currin funeral home until a fire in 1918). In 1916 the home was purchased by former Independence Bank president, former Kenton County Treasurer and former Independence mayor Howard Stephens. In 1998, the home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Chris & Jeanette Reinersman, who purchased and renovated the home in late 2001, have often said a large part of the reason they purchased the home was their love of Christmas, and this shows in Mrs. Reinersman’s decorations. 4. Swindler-Currin Funeral Home The Hickory Grove Celebration Choir will be performing throughout the evening on the front steps at Swindler & Currin Funeral Home. 5. Deters Law Office Stop by and visit the folks from Boy Scout Troop 8 at their outdoor tent. Learn about some of the things they do and thank them for tending all of our fire barrels for the Christmas Walk event!! 6. Dance Center The Dance Center will be providing Holiday dance numbers performed by the students every 15 minutes in Studio “A” during the Christmas Walk. Hot spiced cider and holiday treats will be served for your enjoyment. 7. US Bank US Bank will be providing yummy treats while their saxophone player plays your
holiday favorites! Meet the newly crowned Miss Independence 2013 and the rest of the court from 7:00PM - 9:00PM 8. Kenton County Fire Assessment Insurance Located at one of Independence’s oldest downtown structures, Kenton Co. Fire Insurance will have an Open House, having a free raffle for some neat door prizes. Stop in warm up near their fire pit and meet the great staff at KCFAIC! 9. Hazelbaker’s Music Hazelbaker’s Music will be holding an Open House with Christmas treats and lots of information about the music lessons and equipment they offer to the community! Stop in and see the newly remodeled second floor concert hall. 11a. Gailen Bridges Law Office Being displayed in this location’s front window will be a photographic slideshow of historic pictures of Independence. Stop by to view what our city looked like in its earliest days and warm yourself by the adjacent fire barrel. Gailen & Debra Bridges will be on hand to sign copies of their book! 11b. Bridges’ Adjacent Lot Stop by and visit the great folks who volunteer at the Kenton County Conservation District and find out what they do to protect our soil, water, and other natural resources 12. Universal Underwriters’ Building Toy to make needy kids’ Christmas brighter! 13-14. Kenton Co Courthouse Events will kick off about 5:15 pm with the tree lighting follow by Miss Independence 2012, Taylor Reynolds singing our National Anthem as the American Legion color guard present our flags in remembrance of Pearl Harbor. At 6:30 The Hills of Kentucky Dulcimer Club will take the stage in the main courtroom. This non-profit organization with over 100 members provide entertaining programs throughout the community. The group strives to promote the rich history and music of the Appalachian lap dulcimer to young and old alike. The Community Bible Church will be performing from 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM. In addition, local musician, Dennis Flerlage will be fiddling your Christmas favorites in the lobby throughout the evening. 15. Mt. Zion Baptist Church Mt. Zion Baptist Church is welcoming patrons into their church to provide goodies and a show entitled “The Christmas Story”. Exiting to the rear of the church, you will find their live nativity scene on their outside stage! 16. Huber & Behle Our longtime friends at Huber & Behle regret that they have a prior family commitment and are unable to participate this year. The great folks at Sprint by The Wireless Store, who are bringing you Star
Gazing in the Independence Cemetery, however, will be on site during the Christmas Walk to help you determine your best wireless solutions. 17. Century 21 Century 21 is excited to once again participate in the Independence Christmas Walk event with an open house and a plethora of activities. Bonnie will be busy making plenty of her famous Gingerbread Men as well as her other specialty cookies. The agents and staff welcome you to stop by pick up some of the Secret Recipe Reindeer Food. Century 21 will also be hosting a family photo opportunity at their indoor portable photo studio in front holiday backdrop. Photos will be posted on the Century 21 Facebook page for you to download and enjoy. The Carters Chapel United Methodist Church bell choir from Gardnersville, KY will be performing outdoors during the Christmas Walk. The choir is directed by Jean Shotwell. The bell choir started performing in the early 1980’s. Last but not lease, we can’t forget the model railroad display. This interactive railroad will be an opportunity for kids, young and old, to participate in an exciting holiday tradition. 18. Cutter’s Depot Cutter’s Deport will host an open house, along with their friends from Nicholson Christian Church and the Moon Brother’s American Legion Post 275. In front of the shop, you will find Germany’s own St. Nicholas and Dirty Pete from folklore. They will have holiday treats, including roasted chestnuts!! 19. Practice Logic/Tony Bailey Photography Practice Logic will present an Elf Candy Shoppe. See the elves hard at work creating all kinds of candy in preparation for Christmas. Each visitor to the Candy Shoppe will receive their choice of treats.. 20. The Journal News Journal-News KY will host the music of Paul Milazzo. Open house with cookies, coffee and hot chocolate. 21. St. Cecilia St Cecilia’s will be offering Doscher’s gourmet candy canes and performances by the Children’s Choir, as well as a little bit of information about the Advent season, as the parish prepares for the coming of the Christ Child. 22. Jude’s Custom Exhaust, Auto Repair & Towing The Pickled Brothers Circus eat fire, juggle, swallow swords, crack whips, and lay on beds of nails. They’ve performed all over the world amazing and amusing kids and adults. You may have seen them on TV on The Tonight Show, Animal Planet, Guinness World Records, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Canada’s Breakfast TV, MTV, CMT, or even The Jerry Springer Show. They’ve also broken 8 records between them! 23. Independence Cemetery
7 Take a walk by one of the oldest cemeteries in the area and meet the great team who manages it’s care. They will be providing hot chocolate and other holiday treats in front of a growing Christmas lights display! Sprint by The Wireless Store, Independence branch is sponsoring the Cincinnati Observatory Center. They will be set up in the cemetery with an expected 12-15 telescopes to show patrons many of the wonders of outer space and educate them about their organization. Take a short walk through the cemetery to see all of the different heavenly bodies on display.
Municipal Square (adjacent to Towne Center) 24. Senior Center - The Kid’s zone offers an opportunity for kids of all ages
to experience fun activities indoors. This year we have added a fun photo booth as well as face painting, games and door prizes. There were be several costume characters appearing throughout the night including Mickey and Minnie, Blitzen, Chilly Willie and many more. Refreshments will be served on an as available bases with Chili from the Independence Wendy’s and Hot Dogs provided by the Latonia Social Club. 25. Senior Center Parking Lot - Camel Rides - The ever popular camel rides are back this year in the east parking lot (between Firehouse & Senior Center)! Take the whole family for that old time Christmas feel and join in a chorus of Deck the Halls on a horse drawn wagon ride. Sponsored by City of Independence 26. Fire Station #1 - Independence favorites, the Sugarfoot Cloggers will be performing inside the Firehouse from 6:00 - 7:00 PM At 7:00 the River Valley Wood Carvers’ Club will begin their demonstration and make some of their wares available for purchase. The mission of the club is to promote, teach and practice the art
of wood carving and wood burning. Club membership is open to anyone interested in wood carving or wood burning. Founded in 1999, our club covers the areas of southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky in the Greater Cincinnati area. Also, keep your eyes peeled just outside the Firehouse for a Fire Juggling Elf! 27. Municipal Center - Children visit Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Municipal Center, courtesy of Jude’s Custom Exhaust, Auto Repair & Towing. Refreshments will be served for your enjoyment. Don’t forget your cameras to take pictures with Santa and to register for door prizes! Saint Patrick’s Choir “Joyful Noise” will be singing inside the council chambers after the parade until 8:00 PM Jason the GREAT will be performing his strolling magic show throughout the evening in and around the municipal building. Our friends at Little Red School House will once again be providing the kids bounce on the lawn between the municipal building and the firehouse. 28. Masonic Lodge - The Bradford Masonic Lodge members will be depicting the live nativity on the lawn at the lodge.
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From my family to yours. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Mayor Donna Yeager Christmas Walk
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