Ohio Cooperative Living - November - Logan

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Logan County Electric Cooperative

Eleven together Teaching more than football

ALSO INSIDE Carbon-free by 2035? A veteran’s tribute Deer death duels



lectric cooperatives across Ohio join the nation this month in honoring veterans of the U.S. armed forces — America’s courageous protectors, defenders, and heroes. We proudly acknowledge veterans’ dedication to our country, and we are grateful for the unique strengths and noble characteristics our veterans bring to the cooperative network.




24 TINY, TASTY, HEALTHY A Huron farmer’s pursuit of all things green, purple, white, fuchsia, orange, pink ...

26 EVERYDAY THANKSGIVING Turkey’s always on the menu just north of the border.

30 2021 GIFT GUIDE “Home for the holidays” takes on a whole new meaning when you choose gifts created by Ohio makers. Cover image on most editions: South Central Power Company member Jane Ann Queen of Ashville displays her Nanny’s White Christmas Pie — the winner of our Holiday Favorites 2021 reader recipe contest (photo by Catherine Murray). This page: Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative member (and former employee) Gary Snyder found a way to honor his fallen comrades from Vietnam and other wars by building a memorial in his backyard (photo by Jeff McCallister, story on page 8).



Emissions admissions T

here is a lot of discussion taking place on what to do about carbon emissions. In fact, Congress is actively considering proposals that would require dramatic reductions from the electric power sector over the next 10 years. The Biden administration has endorsed a “carbon-free by 2035” goal for electricity production. Since 2005, carbon emissions from U.S. electricity production have been reduced by more than 30%, while other sources of emissions in the U.S. have remained relatively unchanged — and global emissions have continued to increase. That dramatic reduction has been the result of increased use of highefficiency natural gas power plants and increasing contributions from renewable sources like wind and solar. Electricity production will continue to get cleaner and greener over the next several years. At the same time, however, we need to be careful not to let aspirational goals like “carbon-free by 2035” impose arbitrary limits on our ability to maintain a reliable and affordable supply of electricity. Just in the past 12 months, we have seen grid failures in Texas and in California that resulted in tragic loss of life and destruction of property. Those failures were both predictable and avoidable as changes to the electric power infrastructure went too far, too fast. Making our power system work reliably, especially during periods of extreme weather, remains the highest priority for Buckeye Power and the entire electric power industry. Ohio’s electric cooperatives remain committed to doing what we can to keep your supply of electricity reliable, affordable, and always available — and to do so in an environmentally responsible manner. Electric co-ops continue to drive innovation across the electric sector with community solar arrays; advanced metering; demand response; battery storage; carbon capture, use, and storage; and by replacing direct fossil fuel use with lower-emitting electrification. We will support commonsense policies that help accomplish those goals — but will resist arbitrary or unrealistic constraints that negatively affect our members and our communities. As we gather to express our gratitude for the blessings that have been bestowed upon us this Thanksgiving Day, please know your electric cooperative appreciates the opportunity to serve you today and every day.



We will support commonsense policies that help accomplish [carbon-reduction] goals — but will resist arbitrary or unrealistic constraints that negatively affect our members and our communities.

NOVEMBER 2021 • Volume 64, No. 2

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Patrick O’Loughlin President & CEO Jeff McCallister Managing Editor Rebecca Seum Associate Editor Anita Cook Graphic Designer Contributors: Colleen Romick Clark, Victoria Ellwood, Getty Images, W.H. “Chip” Gross, Catherine Murray, James Proffitt, Margie Wuebker, and Damaine Vonada. OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING (USPS 134-760; ISSN 2572-049X) is published monthly by Ohio Rural Elec­tric Co­op­eratives, Inc. It is the official com­munication link be­tween the elec­­­­tric co­operatives in Ohio and West Virginia and their mem­bers. Subscription cost for members ranges from $5.52 to $6.96 per year, paid from equity accruing to the member. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to editorial and advertising offices at: 6677 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43229-1101. Periodicals postage paid at Pontiac, IL 61764, and at additional mailing offices. Nothing in this publication may be reproduced in any manner without written permission from Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. All rights reserved. The fact that a product is advertised in Ohio Cooperative Living should not be taken as an en­dorse­ment. If you find an advertisement mis­leading or a product unsatisfactory, please not­ify us or the Ohio Attorney General’s Of­fi ce, Consumer Protection Sec­tion, 30 E. Broad St., Col­um­bus, OH 43215. Periodicals postage paid at Colum­bus, OH, and at additional mailing offices.

Carbon-free by 2035? What exactly would it take to reach the administration’s ambitious goal?



Some gave all: A retired co-op employee builds a deeply personal war memorial in his own backyard.



Deer death duels: Usually, when whitetail bucks battle for turf, it’s nothing more than a moment of pushing and shoving — but not always.


Holiday Favorites: Our reader recipe contest winner carries on a family tradition started by her grandparents.


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Carbon-free by 2035? O

ver the last few months, Ohio Cooperative Living has taken a look at why we still need coal — an analysis of cost and reliability factors of different generation resources; a review of the sources of electricity used to power Ohio’s co-op member homes and businesses; an explanation of the significant investments the co-ops have made that have resulted in the Cardinal Plant becoming one of the cleanest coal-burning plants in the world; and a preview of a coming program to introduce more renewable generation into the electricity mix. President Joe Biden has announced a goal for the United States to decarbonize its electricity grid by 2035. Unless there are major technology breakthroughs, however, it would mean eliminating the use of coal and natural gas to produce electricity within the next 15 years — a tall order, considering fossil fuels currently produce more than 60% of the nation’s electricity, and even more than that here in Ohio. This month, we take a brief look at some of the challenges that must be overcome in order to decarbonize the grid.


ADDING TRANSMISSION Hundreds of billions of dollars will be needed to build and upgrade the transmission system to carry more electricity from wind and solar. An MIT study found transmission capacity will need to be doubled, and recent transmission projects have taken as long as 17 to 20 years to complete.

HAVING ELECTRICITY AT ALL TIMES Wind and solar can produce electricity only when the wind is blowing and the sun is shining. Lack of solar power when the sun goes down contributed to California’s power blackouts and emergency measures last summer. Conventional electricity sources, like coal, will be needed for the foreseeable future to back up wind and solar.

ALLOWING TIME FOR TECHNOLOGY The gap between electricity demand and wind and solar output must be filled by other sources of electricity. The cost of battery storage is dropping, but it is still expensive. Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) would allow fossil fuel-fired degeneration to continue, but while it shows promise, it is risky to assume it can be both cost-effective and widely deployed within 15 years without significant investment and incentives from the federal government.

CHANGING ELECTRICITY MARKETS The nation’s existing power markets were not designed to handle large amounts of renewable power. New systems will need to be developed to operate carbonfree power markets.

AVOIDING STRANDED COSTS More than 30% of U.S. electric generating capacity is less than 20 years old — including much of the scrubber equipment that makes the Cardinal Plant, owned by Ohio’s electric cooperatives, one of the cleanest coalfired plants in the world. Those sources of generation still need to be paid for whether they’re being used or not.

MAINTAINING FUEL SECURITY AND FUEL DIVERSITY The electricity grid will become less fuel secure and less fuel diverse as the power sector is decarbonized. Both attributes help the grid to maintain its reliability and resilience.

PROTECTING JOBS More than 185,000 jobs nationwide are supported by coal-fired electric power generation. All would be at risk, as would some of the 686,000 jobs supported by the natural gas industry.

These and other challenges will have to be overcome to decarbonize the grid while maintaining reliable, resilient, and affordable supplies of electricity.




“We need to be careful not to let aspirational goals like “carbon free by 2035” impose arbitrary limits on our ability to maintain a reliable and affordable supply of electricity.”

“We support the transition to renewable energy but disagree with arbitrary numbers that don’t take into account our current energy mix and energy needs. 2050 is certainly better than 2035.”

– Patrick O’Loughlin | President and CEO Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives

“What concerns the industry as a whole is 2035, and what you’re hearing from the industry is a recognition that we need to get it right. We can’t compromise reliability.” – Lisa Barton | Executive vice president and COO American Electric Power Co.

– Yvette Pena O’Sullivan | Executive director Laborers’ International Union of North America

“We will not support policies that accelerate the closure of coal plants. The closures are already happening more rapidly than communities can deal with and are leaving economic devastation behind them.” – Lee Anderson | Director of government affairs Utility Workers Union of America

TRADE ASSOCIATIONS “Where’s the technology today that can allow that to happen? What are going to be the commercially viable, always-available, and affordable carbon-free technologies to provide electricity? People can set goal X, Y, or Z, but are the lights going to go on whenever consumers flip the switch? And will they be able to afford it?” – Jim Matheson | CEO National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

“It’s not something we can do in a very short period of time, and it’s going to come at considerable costs.” – Desmarie Waterhouse | Vice president of government relations American Public Power Association (APPA)

GRID OPERATORS “When we start looking at what 2040 looks like, you look at the performance of existing assets and the storage capabilities of existing battery technologies. All our models suggest there are just enough days when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun is shielded, and not enough battery storage to fill those gaps.” – Richard Dewey | CEO New York Independent System Operator (NYISO)

“In transmission terms, 2035 is like tomorrow. It feels challenging to me.” – Jennifer Curran | Vice president of system planning Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)

ENERGY ANALYSTS “The key threat is that too much investment too fast would raise customer bills more than customers might be willing to spend.” – Travis Miller | Equity strategist Morningstar Research Services

“The pace of wind and solar isn’t going fast enough to meet the 2035 target. But even if it was, there would also have to be contributions from new technologies like batteries, carbon capture and storage, nuclear, or hydrogen.” – Tom Rowlands-Rees | Head of North American research BloombergNEF


ELECTED OFFICIALS “I think that we can do [the clean energy transition] and move forward, but we’re not going to eliminate. You can’t just say we’re going to eliminate using all fossil and coal’s going to be out, oil’s going to be out, everything else, gas is going to be out of it.” – Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)

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Retired co-op employee builds a deeply personal war memorial in his own backyard. BY VICTORIA ELLWOOD

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hrough the years, Gary Snyder’s had plenty to keep busy, what with a 43-year career at Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative; raising three kids with his wife, Karin; and all the mowing and chores on his 6-acre property just outside Millersburg. Yet in the back of his mind, Snyder, a Vietnam veteran, always mused about finding a way to honor his brothers-in-arms who didn’t come home from the war. It was the pandemic that moved him to action. “I was just sitting around, getting outside, kind of bored,” he says. “We have a lot of space out here, and I started thinking I ought to put in a memorial for my buddies who didn’t make it back.” And so, he did. With the help of landscapers, stonemasons, contractors, and monument-makers, Snyder funded and built an impressive military memorial right in his backyard. Situated in a peaceful setting, surrounded by towering trees, the memorial centers on a hexagon-shaped stone terrace enveloped on three sides by stone walls of varying heights. Topping one wall are stone markers honoring the four U.S. service branches — Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines — along with POWs.

When he first returned from Vietnam in 1969 to an apathetic America, a bright spot was meeting Karin. “I was just driving around one afternoon in Wayne County and saw her driving the other way. I thought, wow, I have to meet that girl.” So he turned his car around, flagged her down, and they’ve been together ever since. Today, the couple enjoys puttering around their property with rescue dog Summi and spending lots of time with their grown children and six grandkids. The couple likes to light the firepit at the military memorial in the evenings and relish the peaceful setting. But it’s times alone that Snyder really feels the presence of his buddies. “If I’m out there by myself, I can think about them, I can see their faces, and you know it’s just like they’re with me,” he says. “They never became husbands. Never became fathers or grandfathers. I try to live my life to honor them, and I hope I did a good job of it.”


A massive bronze plaque honors Snyder’s comrades. Among them, Larry Barton, his best friend from high school, who was killed in ’Nam in 1967 just 200 miles from where Snyder was fighting. A cousin, Jerry Spitler. A few other classmates. And a pilot who “was my rear seat-pilot in an F4 fighter bomber,” Snyder says. “He later was shot down over Cambodia in 1970, and his remains were never found.”

Snyder grew up in Holmes County and served three Vietnam tours in the Air Force and Army from 1967 to 1969. Once he got back home, he worked for four decades at Holmes-Wayne Electric — he’s still a member — starting as an apprentice lineman before serving as first class lineman and foreman and later overseeing line projections and service plans.


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ach autumn, testosterone-fueled whitetail bucks, their necks swollen to twice normal size in preparation for battle, clash in combat to determine who will win the right to breed the area’s does. Most of the time, the fights are nothing more than violent pushing and shoving matches lasting only a few minutes, with one or both of the combatants possibly a little bloodied, but injuries are usually not serious. Occasionally, however, the antlers of mature bucks can become so inextricably interlocked that separation is impossible. The deer are then doomed to a long, slow death from starvation or exposure. It doesn’t happen often, but each year pairs of such deer are reported throughout the Buckeye State.


Clint Walker, a member of Consolidated Cooperative, discovered just such a pair of dead bucks on his farm in Morrow County in north-central Ohio during the autumn of 2017. Interestingly, this is not the first unusual find on the Walker farm. In 2013, a mastodon skeleton was discovered and subsequently excavated by biology professors and students from Ashland University. According to carbon-14 dating techniques, the giant bones were estimated at 13,000 years old. Al Brown discovered a pair of whitetail bucks in an antler death lock on his property near Lucas, Ohio, several years ago and turned his rare find into a stunning, one-of-a-kind work of wildlife art.

“I first saw the tips of the antlers sticking out of the water of a wetland I had created and, being a hunter, instantly knew what had happened,” Brown says. “Two bucks had locked antlers, then fought their way into my wetland where they drowned.” The bucks turned out to be two mature 10-pointers, one with an unusual double drop tine set of antlers. It was a once-in-a-lifetime discovery, and Brown thought of a unique way to display his find. “I first milled some sassafras wood from my property and added a slab of natural granite to the base of the display to help steady it. I then began carving the wood that would eventually hold the two deer heads in place. I probably have several hundred hours invested in creating the sculpture. My goal was to make it look organic, as if it was emerging from the earth.” Even more rare than two whitetail bucks getting their antlers entangled is three bucks doing so. That happened several years ago in southern Ohio, and as with Al Brown’s bucks, the trio was found drowned, in the deep pool of a small stream. Bull moose, the largest member of the deer family, can weigh nearly a ton, and even though their antlers are much heavier and more palmated than those of whitetail deer, they can also become intertwined during battle. On display outside the entrance to Eielson Visitor Center at Denali National Park in Alaska are two such moose skulls, discovered in 2003. If you examine the skulls closely, you can see that a sharp antler tine from one of the bulls pierced the eye socket of the other animal, no doubt blinding the unlucky bull in that eye before the pair died.

Above: Interlocked moose antlers on display at Denali National Park’s Eielson Visitor Center in Alaska; below: two entangled whitetail deer heads as they appeared when found on the Clint Walker farm in Morrow County in 2017; opposite: Al Brown’s deer-head sculpture, featuring locked whitetail deer antlers.

By the time the two dead moose were found by park naturalists, the meat had been stripped from the bones by predators and the skeletons scattered. The same happens in Ohio; death for one means life for another. The circle of life in the wild continues …

Note: Before taking possession of any deer antlers, deer carcass, or any other deer parts, always contact a state wildlife officer (1-800-WILDLIFE) to obtain the proper permit.



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ne of Jane Ann Queen’s earliest holiday memories is the snowy white pies at her grandparents’ house in Marion.

“My nanny, Annabelle Criswell Layton, made this pie not only to serve her family after Christmas dinner, but she made them for friends and extended family members as well,” says Queen, a South Central Power Company member from Ashville. “As a matter of fact, she and my granddad would make several dozen of these pies and deliver them to lucky friends or family members on Christmas Eve, dressed up as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.” Continued on page 16

Dreaming of a white Christmas (pie)

Grand-prize winner enjoys keeping her family’s holiday tradition alive. PHOTOS BY CATHERINE MURRAY


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After her grandmother died several years ago, Queen picked up the torch and began making Nanny’s White Christmas Pie herself. “It keeps me connected to my grandparents and keeps those family ties going strong,” she says. “That means a great deal to me and to my family when we eat it.” When she first started making the pie, though, it was just for the family dinner table. “At first I didn’t deliver any, but before long I started getting requests from friends and family and coworkers,” she says. “Last year, I made six of them. I don’t make nearly as many as my nanny and granddad did, and I haven’t dressed up as Mrs. Claus yet, but who knows?” As grand-prize winner in Ohio Cooperative Living’s Holiday Favorites 2021 reader recipe contest, Queen received an Ohio-made KitchenAid stand mixer. Runners-up Marlene Franklin of Kelleys Island and Debbie Atchley of Cecil each received a copy of The Complete Holiday Cookbook. MARLENE FRANKLIN always wondered why cranberry sauce was ever-present on her family’s holiday dinner table when she was growing up. “No one ever ate it except for Uncle Pat,” says Franklin, who lives on Kelleys Island and is a member of Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative. Even so, Franklin says she was determined to keep it a part of the meal when she started hosting for the holidays — “It was tradition,” she says — and tried numerous variations over the ensuing years. Finally, she came across a recipe that she adapted into her Cranberry-Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip, which has become a family favorite rather than an afterthought. “When I found this recipe about 10 years ago, I think I nailed it,” she says. “It is so tasty, and my family and guests cannot get enough of it. I am always asked for the recipe.” DEBBIE ATCHLEY reckons there would be a family revolt if she were to ever skip baking her Oat Dinner Rolls for the holidays. “It would cause an uproar, to say the least,” says Atchley, a member of Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative who lives in Cecil. “They hold the honor of being the longest-running request from my family for our holiday gatherings.” As an added bonus: Extra rolls make delicious slider buns for any leftover ham or turkey sandwiches. “They take a little extra effort, but they are oh so worth it,” she says.


NANNY’S WHITE CHRISTMAS PIE Prep: 20 minutes | Servings: 12 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin ¼ cup cold water ½ cup granulated sugar ¼ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt 1½ cups cold milk ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon almond extract 8 ounces whipped topping

Meringue: 3 egg whites ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar ½ cup granulated sugar 1 cup shredded coconut, plus additional for sprinkling on top of pie 2 9-inch pie shells, pre-baked and cooled

NOTE: This recipe includes raw egg whites. If you’re uncomfortable eating raw egg, instead of folding the meringue into the gelatin mixture, place the meringue on top, sprinkle with coconut, and bake at 350 F for 15 to 20 minutes until the meringue and coconut start to turn a light golden brown, then chill. In a small bowl, soften unflavored gelatin in cold water. In a saucepan over low heat, mix ½ cup granulated sugar, flour, and salt. Slowly stir in cold milk and cook over low heat just to boiling, then boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in softened gelatin mixture. Cool until partially set. While cooling, make meringue. In a mixer, beat together egg whites and cream of tartar, then slowly add 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla extract and almond extract into the softened gelatin mixture and blend well until smooth. Gently fold in whipped topping. Gently fold in the meringue. Lastly, fold in 1 cup shredded coconut. Pile all equally into cooled baked pie shells. Sprinkle coconut on top to resemble snow. Chill until set, about 2 hours. Serve cold. Makes 2 regular 9-inch pies. Per serving: 286 calories, 15 grams fat (7.5 grams saturated fat), 3 milligrams cholesterol, 263 milligrams sodium, 36 grams total carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 4 grams protein.


Prep: 15 minutes | Servings: 12 12 ounces fresh cranberries 4 or 5 green onions, chopped 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced 1 cup sugar (more or less to taste) 1/2 teaspoon cumin

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Pulse the cranberries in a food processor or blender until coarsely chopped. Add the green onions, cilantro, jalapeño, sugar, cumin, lemon juice, and salt and pulse until the ingredients are well combined and finely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a covered bowl and refrigerate for 4 hours (or up to overnight). When ready to serve, spread the cream cheese in an even layer on a serving plate or 9-inch pie dish. Top with the cranberry-jalapeño mixture, spreading evenly over the top of the cream cheese. Refrigerate for up to an hour before serving. Serve with crackers or tortilla chips. Per serving: 255 calories, 16 grams fat (10 grams saturated fat), 50 milligrams cholesterol, 167 milligrams sodium, 25 grams total carbohydrates, 1.5 grams fiber, 3.5 grams protein.


Prep: 40 minutes | Rest: 1½ hours | Cook: 25 minutes | Servings: 24 21/3 cups water (divided) 1½ teaspoons salt 1 cup quick oats 2 quarter-ounce packages of yeast (not fast-acting) 2/3 cup brown sugar 5 to 5¾ cups flour (divided) 3 tablespoons butter Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Add oats and cook uncovered for 1 minute. Stir in brown sugar, butter, salt, and the remaining 1/3 cup water. Transfer to large mixing bowl. When the temperature of the mixture reaches about 110–115 F, add the yeast and mix well. Add 3 cups of the flour and mix well. Add 2 to 2¾ more cups of flour and knead well till a smooth dough is achieved. Place in a greased bowl, cover with a clean towel, and place in a warm location to rest for 1 hour. Meanwhile, grease 2 baking sheets and preheat oven to 350 F. When the hour is up, punch the dough down, divide and shape into 24 round rolls, and place them on greased baking sheets. Cover with clean cloths, place in a warm location, and let rise for 30 minutes. Bake 20 to 25 minutes till golden brown. Cool on racks. Per serving: 152 calories, 2 grams fat (1 gram saturated fat), 4 milligrams cholesterol, 160 milligrams sodium, 29 grams total carbohydrates, 1.5 grams fiber, 4 grams protein.

Have you tried one of our recipes? Do you have a recipe to share with other Ohio co-op members? Visit the Member Interactive page on www. ohiocoopliving.com to find recipes submitted by our readers and to upload yours.

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Attitude and effort For co-op lineman Mason Shoemaker, coaching is more than wins and losses — it’s about instilling confidence in his young team Mason Shoemaker has been a lineman for LCEC for 10 years. On the job, he builds and maintains the network that powers our members. Off the job, he builds and maintains young minds — for a game and for life. This month, Mason shares with our members the source of his passion and the methods he uses to empower kids who are players and are also valuable members of our community.

Why I coach To me, coaching is more than wins and losses and teaching them how to play football. Hands down, my favorite part of coaching is instilling confidence. Hands down. A lot of these kids, they don’t have confidence. I value being able to instill confidence. I was very, very chunky when I was a kid, even though my family worked hard because we were hog farmers. I was made fun of a lot — a lot. I got down on myself and struggled with feeling bad about myself. My family worked to instill confidence in me. This is a team that whether you’re fat or skinny, you’re small or tall, you’re not the best athlete or you’re the stud — I want to instill confidence. I want them to be confident because their coach thinks the world of them, whatever hardship they are facing. If I’m able to instill even that tiny bit of confidence, then I’m happy. And I did what I came to do. There are two things that I drive into them. I was told this by my parents — there’s two things you can control: 20   OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • NOVEMBER 2021

your attitude and your effort. Attitude can change the dynamic of everything. And if their attitude is right, it reflects in their effort. Their effort will be 100%. We instill to our players that the coaches are in charge of practice. We control this, we will keep you safe, we will teach you how to play this game, and it breeds respect in the team. We don’t do this in an aggressive or an angry way. We don’t yell, “What are you doing? Do better!” We teach, “Do this instead,” and we build their confidence. Because a confident player is a good player.

Keep moving forward Life is going to throw curveballs at you. It’s unavoidable. But that goes back to the two things you can control, attitude and effort. When hard times come, in sports or in life in general, you must keep moving forward. I use the motto KHUNA — keep hitting until no one answers. It means to keep swinging until you can’t swing anymore. You have to keep moving forward. You have to. That was instilled in me by my parents, and I try to instill that on these young, moldable minds. Even when we have a tough game, my message is always, “You’re fine. Let’s go.” Maybe we lost five yards. But you’re fine. We have to keep playing. That play is over. The rearview mirror is small for a reason, and the windshield is huge for a reason. Move forward. And that’s true in life. That’s why I instill in them to keep moving forward. And I want my team to know that I’m here with them. If you’re having a hard time, then I’m having a hard

time. I’m feeling everything you’re feeling. Maybe we have a player who doesn’t realize how good of a job he’s doing. Without him, we would fail. He needs to hear me say, “Hey, you are lights out right now. You’ve got to keep it up. Don’t let off the throttle. Keep your brothers together. Keep doing a phenomenal job.” Another of my players had a tough game and jumped offsides five times. He got down on himself. The other players weren’t yelling at him, and I was proud of them. But he needs to look at me in the eyes, and I get down on his level, to let him know that I’m not mad. I’m not at all. Your brothers need you. Your team needs you. You’ve got to keep moving forward.

Attitude and effort I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to coach youth sports for seven years. And I see players struggle with hanging their head and getting down. Every kid comes from a different background, and some are having a crummy time in life. But football is their two hours to have some fun. And one mistake hangs their head and ruins it. I do anything I can do to make them keep moving forward and have a great attitude. Because if you have a crummy attitude, and you think you stink and he’s better than me, he’s going to beat me — then your efforts will be terrible. It’s hard to win with a bunch of pouty kids. So you pick them up and have them keep moving forward and walk high. If you make a mistake, are you going to pout the whole day? We’re going to try to do better and learn what you did wrong and move forward from that. And we do. Keep your head high. You have to. I try as hard as I can to be even with each player. And whoever works the hardest gets rewarded. It goes back to the attitude, the effort. It’s who’s going to play. Whether you’re good or not, if you work hard, you’re playing. And I try hard to play them all. I do.

“You are lights out right now. You’ve got to keep it up. Don’t let off the throttle. Keep your brothers together. Keep doing a phenomenal job.” – Head Coach Mason Shoemaker

Eleven together Football, like life, can be tough. It takes everyone doing their job to make the company work. But sometimes your job is unseen. My number 38 is a nose guard. He’s taking on three blockers at a time, which frees up linebackers to make all the tackles. That goes unseen, but he’s fighting his guts out. He’s not going to get a tackle, but we’re going to win because he’s doing what he’s asked to do for his brothers. And it’s no different in life. If you work hard and do a good job, you won’t always get thanked for it, but it helps those around you. It goes back, again, to attitude and effort and confidence. There are eleven people on the field, and it takes eleven people doing eleven jobs to keep moving forward. That’s life in general. I make that reference quite a bit — family, jobs, school, sports. It takes everyone doing their job.


“This game was played on 9/11, and we all wanted to do something special. So, we had a flag at each end zone marker and had the boys run on the field holding flags. Katie Krabill, who is part of the football board, came up with the idea. “We wanted to honor the lives lost on 9/11 and the lives lost in the wars we fought. It was a way to honor our great country, and we were blessed that we could do that. “This area is incredibly patriotic, and I believe that the idea was really respected around the whole community and the whole team.”

Support system As a dad and a husband, I don’t coach alone. My wife, Amber, is a phenomenal support. We can’t do things to the level that we did before I started coaching. So for her to adapt to that transition is huge. When I first started, it was rough on her because she was taking care of two babies. As the boys have gotten older, and I’m even more involved, we realize the lack of volunteers. She puts in a huge amount of time, and I lean on her very heavily.

supportive of me and helps tremendously. And the men who coach with me are great role models and very good coaches: Randy Wallace, Travis Cook, and Joel Krabill. I do miss practice and even games because my job comes first, but they understand that. Some people would call them assistant coaches, but I call them co-coaches. And from July to October, we get to have a lot of fun coaching football and teaching life lessons.

Mike Hickenbottom told me one Every day when I get home from time, “Don’t be a lazy dad.” At work, I pull in the driveway, give her that time, I had one son, and he a quick kiss and thank her. I get the “Look at me in the eyes. I’m huge on my contact. I was two or three years old. That boys, their football gear, and I take tell them I love eyeballs.” message got to me. And that’s off for practice. I coach football and – Head Coach Mason Shoemaker what it boils down to. I work hard wrestling, so it’s a seven- to eightto not be a lazy dad or coach. month commitment. During the week, we’re not going to see each other a lot. On weekends, see each other, but I hope we instill in this group, this brotherhood of eleven we’re going to be at the ball field. together, the importance of doing their job for their brother with attitude and effort and full of confidence. I She’s also incredibly supportive when I get down on want to instill these things on their minds, so they take myself and think I’m not going to do this anymore. these lessons as they go through life. She brings me through every time. She’s incredibly 20B   OHIO COOPERATIVE LIVING • NOVEMBER 2021




re you a kindergarten through 12th grade teacher in a public or private school within Logan County Electric Cooperative’s service territory? Do you have a creative learning idea or project for your classroom? LCEC wants to energize your idea by providing Energizing Education grants. Energizing Education is funded by Operation Round Up (ORU) money. When LCEC members contribute to ORU, their LCEC electric bills are “rounded up” to the next dollar. This small change is added together into grants that make a big difference in our community. The average cost for a member to be involved in ORU is merely $6 per year.

How does the Energizing Education program work? In December, the ORU board will award $5,000 in grants to educators across Logan County to fund creative learning ideas that are not part of the regular school budget or curriculum. Each teacher may request up to $500 to fund or partially fund his or her creative learning idea.

Grant award criteria

• Benefits and directly involves students • Clearly defined plan of implementation • Provides an adequate budget summary Please note the deadline for receiving grant applications is Friday, Nov. 16, and the ORU board awards the grants in December. All Ashley Oakley grant applicants will be STAFF LIAISON, contacted during the week OPERATION ROUND UP of Dec. 17–21. Checks will be made payable to the school, along with a note describing the project being funded. Multiple teachers from the same school may apply; however, individual teachers may apply for only one grant per school year. To request an Energizing Education application, or if you have questions, contact Ashley Oakley, staff liaison to Operation Round Up, at aoakley@logancounty.coop, or call her at 937-592-4781.

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You can help power kindness Co-op members provide random acts of kindness to residents of Logan County through holiday utility gifts and Toasty Tots.


ogan County Electric Cooperative offers its members two important ways to give back to the community this season: holiday utility gifts and Toasty Tots.

Holiday utility gifts Giving a holiday utility gift provides one-time financial assistance to co-op members. When a member gives a holiday utility gift, it pays for a portion of or the entire electric bill of another member. The holiday utility gift program lets you spread the power of kindness by meeting the financial needs of members. When you give to the holiday utility gift program, your kindness can be given to a specific member you request or can be made to the program’s general fund for the co-op staff to distribute. To make a holiday utility gift payment for a co-op member, please contact our office at 937-592-4781. We will send a card to each recipient on your behalf or mark the gift as coming from an anonymous member.


Toasty Tots Toasty Tots is a program that provides snowsuits, winter coats, hats, and gloves to children under the age of 6 in Logan County. The co-op is receiving donations at our office and will serve as a collection site until Dec. 17. Would you consider giving a donation as part of your holiday giving? There is a need for infant snowsuits, toddler coats, and preschool coats, hats, and gloves. These items are needed in the following sizes: infant, birth to 18 months, toddler 2T–4T, and preschool 4–6 and 6–8. All items will be delivered to families in our local communities. There is no eligibility criteria for this program. If a child is in need, help is given. Please bring your donation to the co-op office to help the families and children of Logan County.


Solar-powered fun One of the most popular solar-powered grills is by GoSun.


lthough November isn’t the best time of year to maximize solar energy in Ohio, it’s the perfect time to plan for stuffing stockings. For the tech lover in your life, consider solar-powered gadgets, which harness the power of the sun to power everyday electronics for free.

connecting wires, and the end-use device, which varies depending on the kit. From powering a small fan to powering a car, these interactive kits provide a fun educational opportunity for kids to learn more about solar.

The sound of solar

As an alternative to a traditional charcoal or gaspowered grill, the solar-powered grill is another great way to cook meals outdoors. There are plenty of occasions for using a solar-powered grill, such as traveling, camping, or even during a power outage. Prices for solar-powered grills range from $150 to $300, making them comparable to gas-powered grills.

When you want to bring your music outdoors, solarpowered Bluetooth speakers are the perfect solution. Many Bluetooth speakers can be recharged with a USB port and electrical outlet, but solar-powered speakers are easily recharged by sunlight. As long as the sun is shining, the speaker will never run out of power. Most solar-powered speakers include a backup battery that allows the speaker to run long after the sun goes down.

The path of light For an easy, low-maintenance approach to light up your lawn and walkways, solar pathway lights (and other solar décor) are a great addition. Once installed, solar lights run on their own and work relatively maintenance-free. Solar lights are powered by batteries that can run all night if the panels receive enough sunlight during the day, and they’re wireless, so there’s no need to search for an electrical outlet. You can purchase solar lights for about $5 to $20 depending on the size and design.

The power of fun If you’re looking to engage your children, there are several DIY solar kits for kids to learn more about solar energy. These kits typically include a small solar panel,

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The telling of time A gadget to help you keep track of time is the solarpowered watch. A small solar cell underneath the dial converts the solar energy into electrical energy, with excess energy stored into the rechargeable battery. As long as the watch receives a moderate amount of sunlight, the battery doesn’t need to be replaced for up to 10 years, which is much more convenient than replacing the battery roughly every year for conventional watches. Solar-powered watches can cost anywhere from $50 to $1,000, depending on their design. The sun provides an endless amount of energy, and these gadgets are a great way to power everyday devices. As more solar-powered technologies are developed, you may find yourself considering a solarpowered gadget for your own wish list.



Going solar S

olar power is growing in popularity, but there are a few things you should consider before making the decision to install photovoltaic (PV) panels on your property. Check out what you should do and some questions to ask BEFORE signing a contract with a solar installer.

credits, according to Solar Reviews. For a 6 kW system, the total average installation cost would be $11,118. Costs vary depending on the solar panels you choose and the quality of installation.

Gather your bills

Solar installations are subject to building, electric, and fire codes that vary by state and locality. There are local requirements that must be followed. Check with the building inspector regarding those requirements. And contact the co-op regarding interconnection issues.

In order to correctly size a solar system for your home, you’ll need to determine how much energy you use. Our average residential member uses about 1200 kilowatthours (kWh) of electricity each month, but your home’s total usage may be higher or lower. It is vital that you understand your home’s electric use and not just the total of your electric bill.

Examine your roof Determine if your roof has adequate sun exposure during the day and is prepared to handle PV panels. South-facing roofs are best, but panels can be installed to capture the sun if your roof faces another direction. If your roof is in need of repair, it may be best to take on that project first so you won't have to remove the panels to replace your roof in a few years.

Is my property a good location for solar energy? The performance of your solar energy system will depend on how much of the sun’s energy reaches your roof. Even though we’re not located in a sunny region, your site may still have an adequate solar resource.

What if my roof is blocked from the sun? The amount of rooftop space obstructed by objects that could block the sun, such as trees, can impact system performance. Evaluate your roof space at different times of the day to determine when you’ll have full sun.

What is the average cost of a solar energy system? The average installed cost of a residential solar system in Ohio is $2.50 per watt after claiming federal solar tax


Are there any building code or utility connection issues?

What financial incentives are available for solar power? The federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit provides a credit for up to 26% of qualified expenses for solar energy systems installed in 2021 and 2022. The credit will be 22% for systems installed after that. See the Database of State Incentives for Renewables Efficiency for information about programs in your area.

Consider going beyond PV Solar energy can do more than just generate electricity; solar-powered hot water systems can be a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home. Ask your contractor if your roof can accommodate both solar PV panels and a water heating system. Solar energy is on the rise. At nearly 3.2 megawatts installed in 2020, residential solar experienced the largest year on record, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, and that growth is expected to continue. If you are considering adding solar power to your home, you may have questions. You’re not alone! Do your research on credits and rebates available and ask a lot of questions. Installing solar is a long-term investment, and it’s important to make sure you know what’s going into it and what you’ll get in return.

4 steps to finding the right solar contractor F

inding the right solar contractor to install solar panels on your home requires some work. Check each company’s qualifications, product knowledge, reviews, and quotes before you narrow down your options. By asking the right questions and doing your research, you can hire the right contractor for the job.

1. Check their qualifications Ask the contractor about their licenses, insurance, and certifications. Ask how long the company has been in business and how long its installers have worked in the solar industry. Only allow licensed installers to work on your home, including subcontractors the company may hire. Ask the installer if they plan to use subcontractors, what company they will be hired from, and their professional experience.

2. Ask about their products Experienced contractors know their solar products. Ask your contractor what products they carry, how they differ, and which one they’ve selected for your home. Ask why they’ve selected the panels and inverter for your home and what experience the installer has with those specific models. If they’ve successfully installed them multiple times before, there’s a good chance they know what they’re talking about and are prepared to take on your project.

3. Read customer reviews The best way to gauge a company’s past work is to get in touch with previous customers and read reviews. Ask the contractor for examples of other projects they’ve completed and references from the homeowners. After talking to other customers, search the web for company reviews on reputable websites. Doing diligent research on the company is crucial to understanding exactly what you’re getting into before signing a contract.

4. Get a quote Get a free quote or bid from multiple contractors to compare to other companies. Typically, these proposals include the cost of installation, the name of the equipment manufacturer, the warranties provided, and more. Be sure to look beyond the lowest price; it could be indicative of poor workmanship and bad service. Ask how long your system will last and what the warranty will cover. The contractor may offer maintenance services or a performance guarantee; that means they’d offer solutions to improve or fix your solar system if it’s not operating as expected. With these guidelines in mind, you’ll be better prepared to choose the right contractor that offers quality service and support as they set your home up for green energy production.

They should also determine the condition of your roof and let you know if it requires repairs before the installation.


Experiencing electricity generation Cardinal Station is Buckeye Power’s baseload generation resource and is operated by Cardinal Operating Company. Buckeye Power is the generation and transmission cooperative owned by Ohio’s electric cooperatives. These 25 cooperatives use electricity from Cardinal to power more than 400,000 homes, farms, and commercial properties. Cardinal Station is rated as one of the cleanest power plants of its kind and is a best-in-class performer in reduction of emissions. Approximately $1 billion has been spent to upgrade Cardinal’s environmental controls


and achieve these results. The addition of environmental controls means the Cardinal plant reduces emissions while using coal that is mined in Ohio. The experience of walking through a best-in-class, electric generation facility is the only way to truly understand what is behind turning on a light with the flip of a switch. The tour will be held again next fall. LCEC members are encouraged to attend this informative and fascinating tour of your power plant.


2022 GRADS Are your parents Logan County Electric Cooperative members? If so, you could earn more than $2,500 in scholarships To obtain rules and applications for the

Children of Members Scholarship •  Visit https://logancounty.coop/scholarships •  Call the co-op at 937-592-4781 •  Stop by the co-op office •  Ask your guidance counselor Deadline to apply: Feb. 25, 2022


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Tiny, tasty, healthy A Huron farmer’s pursuit of all things green, purple, white, fuchsia, orange, pink… STORY AND PHOTOS BY JAMES PROFFITT


In his signature bib overalls and white shirt, Lee Jones slices open an heirloom tomato for customer Mara Ghafari. “Farmer Lee” also has copies of his book, The Chef’s Garden, available at the farm stand.

The specialty crops on Lee Jones’ 350-acre farm are myriad: beets, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, tomatillos, honey, potatoes, corn, beans, squash, edible flower blossoms — the list numbers into the hundreds. All are grown sustainably and organically and up until the pandemic, were available only to professional chefs — in fact, that’s how Jones (known professionally as “Farmer Lee” or “Farmer Jones”) came up with the name for The Chef’s Garden (TCG). The pandemic, however, completely changed his business model. “We made a lot of lemonade last year trying to swing for base hits,” Jones says. “We had to, because we were desperate to keep the farm going and, most importantly, keep our team safe, fed, and employed.” Jones says he’s proud to have kept 136 families gainfully employed through the pandemic. His family already lost one farm in the 1980s after a devastating hailstorm finished off what the 1980s American farm crisis had already begun, and so he was determined to make it work. He did it in ingenious fashion. Chefs in 50 states and more than a dozen other countries have been familiar with his tiny edible flowers, microgreens, and uniquely colored and patterned heirloom vegetables for decades — and it was those culinary friends who helped save the farm. “We shipped about 300 boxes out to chefs we work with who were at home with their families — and not cooking in restaurants — because everything was closed,” Jones says. “We mentioned we were starting home delivery and would love for them to share what they do with our vegetables on the internet. That helped us survive.” Social media sharing by longtime chef customers sent waves of new virtual customers Jones’ way. Mara Ghafari is one of those new customers, sort of. The Detroit-area resident drove 120 miles to visit the farm stand recently, though she says she was already familiar with TCG through restaurateur friends.

“I was excited driving all the way down,” she says. “And I was really happy to meet Farmer Lee.” After perusing and sampling items cut by Jones’ ever-handy pocketknife — cantaloupe, watermelon, potatoes, tomatoes — Ghafari left with a basketful of super-fresh produce and a two-hour drive to think about what to do for dinner. “I generally cook dishes dependent on what I find, whatever’s good — and I buy what the butcher or the gardener or the fish guy tells me,” she says, emphasizing that she tends to steer clear of the big chain grocery stores. At a recent farm stand event, Jones signed copies of his new 640-page book, The Chef’s Garden: A Modern Guide to Common and Unusual Vegetables — With Recipes, all the while tossing out his signature corny veggie jokes. A half-dozen times in an hour, customers bagging freshpicked corn freeze and stare as Jones bellows, “Be careful what you say around that corn!” They relax, guffawing, when he informs them, of course, that the corn has ears. Speaking of Jones’ signature, his seven-day-a-week uniform consists of denim bib overalls, a crisp white shirt, and a red bow tie. In his closet: 18 of each. He wears the uniform everywhere — including to funerals, black tie events, church, business meetings, and in the presence of the likes of Martha Stewart and Julia Child, among others. “It certainly makes it easy to know what I’m wearing in the morning,” he laughs.


Turkey is always on the menu just north of the border. STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARGIE WUEBKER


hanksgiving takes place nearly every day of the year at Cornwell’s Turkeyville, located approximately 45 miles north of the Ohio border near Marshall, Michigan.

The sprawling complex is home to a restaurant offering all-turkey entrées, as well as made-from-scratch sides and desserts. It also boasts a 5,000-square-foot Country Junction gift shop, an ice cream parlor, a professional dinner theater featuring talented actors and actresses from throughout the country, a 175-site campground complete with swimming pool, and an outdoor gazebo where musicians tune up their instruments on warm summer days. Special events take place nearly every weekend in keeping with a family philosophy — “People will come to where they have been invited and will return to where they have been made to feel welcome.” These range from flea markets and antique shows to a Renaissance festival and car shows. Cooking classes are offered during the winter months, with participants learning how to make pies, prepare freezer meals, make pastries, and create holiday cookies. The destination draws people by the thousands, but its origin springs from an auspicious gesture back in 1943. Founders Wayne and Marjorie Cornwell initially planned to raise cows on their country spread. However, illness struck the herd, and they eventually decided to pursue another interest after a neighbor gifted them with a flock of 12 turkeys. The venture proved successful as the Cornwells introduced a special feed plan that ensured better and richer-tasting birds. They set up a slaughtering operation on the farm to satisfy customer demands. In the early 1960s, the Cornwells and fellow church members launched a county fair food booth offering turkey sandwiches that were made according to Marjorie’s tried-


and-true recipe with white and dark meat on plump buns and finished with butter and Miracle Whip salad dressing. Requests from folks who wanted turkey sandwiches yearround led Wayne to establish a small dining facility with several milk cans for stools and a couple of tables. The makeshift dining area quickly expanded, and a second dining room was added to accommodate crowds. “The sandwiches are still popular, but the real star is our turkey dinner with all the trimmings,” says Patti Cornwell, director of marketing and granddaughterin-law of the founders. “We also have the best turkey Reubens and burgers.” Turkeys are no longer raised or processed at the property, but there is a flock of resident turkeys that strut around the grounds, much to the delight of adults and children. The birds apparently enjoy classic rock ’n’ roll, as they showed up for a bike night and gobbled along with the music. “Turkeyville has grown, thanks to lots of good ideas from family members,” Cornwell says. “Sometimes I think we have too many good ideas.” Among those good ideas: the old-fashioned ice cream parlor, where homemade confections include regular ice cream flavors plus decidedly Turkeyville offerings like Turkey Trax and Jolted Turkey. This is also the place to purchase homemade fudge and caramel corn.

The restaurant’s signature turkey sandwich.

In 1968, the Cornwells introduced their dinner theater, complete with top-notch productions and bountiful buffet meals. With the current show, Dashing Through the Snow, playing through Dec. 18, plans are underway for the 2022 season, which will include The 39 Steps, Honky Tonk Angels, The Odd Couple, Church Basement Ladies, and Still Dreaming of a White Christmas. COVID-19 ushered in a new idea with the kitchen turning out frozen dinners to prepare at home. Still on the planning board are a children’s theater and an outdoor farm adventure.

Turkeyville, 18935 151/2 Mile Road, Marshall, Michigan. 269-781-4293 or www.turkeyville.com.

Turkeyville introduced dinner theater, complete with top-notch productions and a full buffet, to its menu in 1968.


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Holiday gift guide BY DAMAINE VONADA

“Home for the holidays” takes on a whole new meaning when you choose gifts created by Ohio artisans, crafters, and makers. You’re supporting small businesses throughout the state, and you’ll impress everyone on your list with items that are unique, innovative, and homegrown.


Brewhaus Dog Bones, Cincinnati A nonprofit organization founded by Lisa Graham, Brewhaus Bakery provides vocational training and employment for young adults with disabilities. Its handcrafted, small-batch dog bones are a healthy treat with ingredients including protein-rich spent grains sourced from local microbreweries and fresh eggs delivered by a Brown County farm. 513-551-7144.




Country Manor owners Cindy Smith and Mary Beth Hodson produce mixes that are perfect for quick-andeasy holiday appetizers and desserts. Using their own recipes, they hand-blend herbs, spices, and other ingredients. Their repertoire of sweet and savory flavors includes Splendid Spinach dip mix, Vegetable Medley spread mix, Snickerdoodle cheesecake mix, and Parmesan Garlic dipping oil mix. 513-759-6582.




Elderberry Marsh Farm Biscuit Cutters and Sugar Bowls, Middlefield

Flores Leather Works Customized Items, Middletown

In his wood shop on Elderberry Marsh Farm, John Hart makes heirloom-quality biscuit cutters and sugar bowls from wood he finds on the farmstead. Hand-turned on a lathe and finished with food-safe wood wax, Hart’s display-worthy pieces are as beautiful as they are practical. To complement the biscuits you bake, try the farm’s Elderberry Wine Jelly and Elderberry Tea. 440-829-3644.

What better gift for someone special than a personalized leather wallet, tote bag, or accessory? Using materials sourced in the U.S., Eber and Rebekah Flores design and handcraft leather goods embossed with initials, logos, names, and phrases. Besides their top-selling leather coasters and golf club headcovers, they make leather jewelry, keychains, belts, and holsters. 513-305-8694.

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HandHeld & Co. Greeting Cards, Sunbury

La Crema Coffee, Hamilton

Isabella Cartolano Eastwood not only paints the artwork for her simply delightful greeting cards but also prints them on made-in-the-USA cardstock. While her bestselling card — “Ohio Native Plants” — features her watercolor and gouache paintings of assorted flora, her whimsical holiday card designs include “Cabin on Christmas Morning,” “Evergreen and Cardinal,” and “Dashing Through the Snow.” handheldandco@gmail.com.

Obtaining green coffee beans from around the world, La Crema Coffee owner Victor Kidd roasts, packs, and ships premium-quality coffees at the company’s facilities in Hamilton. La Crema’s Columbian, Peruvian, and Highlander Grogg (a beguiling blend of butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla) coffees are popular year-round, and for the holidays, the company sells egg nog, gingerbread, and other specialty coffee flavors in merry and bright seasonal bags. 513-779-6278.





Lees Bees Bath, Beauty, and Skin Care Products, North Canton Concern for the declining honeybee population plus a desire to create healthy skin care products prompted Melinda J. Lee to start Lees Bees. Her lotions, scrubs, and lip balms have no dyes, parabens, or phthalates; their ingredients come from Lee’s own bees and local suppliers, and they’re available in scrumptious scents and flavors such as pumpkin pie, sugared fig, and cinnamon roll. 330-714-1083. https://lees-bees.square.site

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Customers love the freshness and variety of popcorns — including gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, and vegan — that owner Brent VanFossen offers at Metropolis Popcorn. Though flavors range from Apple Pie to White Cheddar and Vanilla, tasty Midnight Caramel (caramel popcorn with chocolate and sea salt) is a perennial favorite. Christmas-themed tins are available, and online orders of $30 or more ship for free. www.metropolisohio.com

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Using bottlecaps, paper, and other recycled materials, Kelly Brown makes small wonders — cute, clever, and incredibly tiny magnets — that look good enough to eat. The mixedmedia magnets mimic everything from tacos and burritos to ice cream bars and Christmas cookies, and her mini donut bracelets are a fun, and very sweet, little gift.

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The Ramp Hatchery Animal Puzzles, Cincinnati

Ohio State Park Posters, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Channel the natural beauty and incomparable variety of Ohio’s state parks with the collectible series of posters commissioned by ODNR. Artist Jonathan Scheele created the vintagestyle posters, and their iconic images include the Upper Falls at Hocking Hills State Park and the Big House at Malabar Farm State Park.

Lauren Hellerman began using a scroll saw at age 13, and after college, she got into the business of making wooden animal puzzles by working with her saw in a bedroom closet. Her exclusive patterns include dogs, dragons, a flying pig, and a topselling T. Rex, and she also takes orders for custom puzzles. ramphatchery@gmail.com.

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Riverlane Studios Ornaments, Columbus Michelle Dranschak designs and handcrafts clay ornaments using a 3D printer to make her own shape cutters. Although customers love to hang her personalized baby and pet ornaments on their Christmas trees, Dranschak’s sentimental “long distance” ornament is a favorite for loved ones in separate cities. It’s shaped like a map of the continental United States, and based on the cities or states that customers select, she places hearts on the map and connects them with a lovely, handdrawn line. www.riverlanestudios.com




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Thankful Thimble Wearables, Batavia

Third-generation candlemaker Mary Mongold and her family produce soy candles hand-poured into jars with handsomely designed labels that can be completely customized. Their clean-burning candles feature long-lasting seasonal scents — dogwood in spring, mint in summer, apples in fall — inspired by Mongold’s childhood home in Athens County. Their signature holiday candle, Rock Camp Christmas, evokes the nostalgic smells of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. 614-307-0387.

With help from her daughters Anna and Sarah, Sharon Francis transforms unwanted wool sweaters into felted mittens and fingerless gloves at Thankful Thimble sewing studio. Each mitten contains pieces of four different sweaters. Because the ladies of Thankful Thimble carefully mix and match colors, their creations — which also include cashmere scarves and ultrasoft baby hats — are always warm, cozy, and eye-catching. 513-332-4897; ThankfulThimble@gmail.com.

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NOV. 19–DEC. 31 – Lights Before Christmas, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. Over 1 million lights, the award-winning Big Tree, and more than 200 illuminated animal images. 419-385-5721 or www.toledozoo.org. NOV. 21 – Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Veterans Memorial Civic Ctr., 7 Town Square, Lima, 7:30 p.m. $39–$65. This dazzling family holiday spectacular features soaring acrobatics, gravity-defying feats, and extravagant theatrical production numbers. www.limaciviccenter. com/cirquedreams. NOV. 21 – Country Collection Christmas Craft Show, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $4. Craft vendors come from all over Ohio and surrounding states to show and sell their unique items. Find a special gift for someone on your Christmas list! 419-648-3747 or https://allencofair.com. NOV. 24 – Holiday Lights Grand Illumination, downtown Sidney. Join us as we light up the downtown for the holidays! www.sidneyalive.org. NOV. 26 – The Nutcracker, Donnell Theater, Marathon Center, 200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay, 7:30 p.m. $35–$65. Make the beloved holiday classic part of your annual Christmas tradition. Performed by the prestigious State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine. 419-423-2787 or www. mcpa.org/events/detail/the-nutcracker-1. NOV. 26–DEC. 26 – Lake of Lights, Saulisberry Park/ France Lake, 13344 St. Rte. 67 W., Kenton, 6–9 p.m. A daily drive-through lighting event, with special events held on the weekends. For more information call 419675-2547 or email lakeoflights08@gmail.com. NOV. 26–JAN. 2 – North Pole Express, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., 12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay, Fri./ Sat. 5:30–9 p.m., Sun. 5:30–8:30 p.m. $4, C. (12 and



under) $3. Hop on board our quarter-scale locomotive for a magical trip through a winter wonderland of sparkling lights and festive decorations. See operating model trains and hundreds of decorated trees, plus a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (on select nights). 419-423-2995, www.facebook.com/nworrp, or www.nworrp.org. NOV. 27 – Blaze of Lights Festival and Parade, downtown Bluffton, 5–9 p.m. Free. Kick off the Christmas season with a parade, live entertainment, a lighting ceremony, and other festive activities. Parade starts at 5 p.m.; this year’s theme is “A Christmas Carol.” 419-8894315 or www.explorebluffton.com/blaze-festival. NOV. 27 – Daniel O’Donnell: “Christmas & More,” Veterans Memorial Civic Ctr., 7 Town Square, Lima, $39–$99. The Irish singer and songwriter, known across the world for his mix of country and Irish folk music, presents a special holiday concert. www.limaciviccenter. com/danielodonnell. NOV. 27, DEC. 4, 11 – 1920s Holidays on Main Street, Sauder Village, 22611 St. Rte. 2, Archbold. We will be “decking the halls” of our Main Street with holiday lights, 1920s window décor, and a 20-foot Christmas tree. Enjoy period holiday activities, tasty treats, and more. Space is limited and pre-registration will be required. Register online at www.saudervillage.org. NOV. 27–28 – “Crafts for Christmas” Craft Show, Lucas County Recreation Ctr., 2901 Key St., Maumee, Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Our winter spectacular! Fine handmade juried crafts, gifts, and holiday decorations that will make your season bright. Collecting donations for Toys for Tots, too! 419-842-1925 or www.toledocraftsmansguild.org. DEC. 1–5 – Christmas Tree Festival, Allen County Museum, 620 W. Market St., Lima, Wed./Thur./Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 12–5 p.m. Free; donations welcome. See over 100 decorated Christmas trees, including “Evergreen,” the talking Christmas tree, and tour the decorated MacDonell House. Daily demos in the Pioneer Log House, children’s activities, and live entertainment each day. www.allencountymuseum.org. DEC. 4 – Apollo Christmas Craft Show, Apollo Career Ctr., 3325 Shawnee Rd., Lima, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $3, under 13 free. Over 100 crafters with unique and quality crafts. Food available for purchase. brittany.roof@apollocc.org or https://apollocareercenterhs.com/craft-show.

NOV. 4–JAN. 9 – Winter Festival of Lights, Oglebay Resort, 464 Lodge Dr., Wheeling, nightly at dusk. Featuring 300 acres of twinkling lights over a 6-mile drive. Per-car donation requested; valid for the entire festival season. 877-436-1797, https://wheelingcvb.com/ events/winter-festival-of-lights-2, or https://oglebay.com. NOV. 19–21 – “Christmas in November” Craft Show, WesBank Arena, 2 14th St., Wheeling, Fri. 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $2, under 18 free. Over 175 vendors. Breakfast with Santa 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; registration required. 304-233-4470 or http://wesbancoarena.com.

DEC. 4 – Christmas of Yesteryear and Winter Wonderland Parade, downtown Sidney. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Historic Downtown Sidney Christmas! 937-658-6945 or www.sidneyalive.org. DEC. 4–5 – Tri-State Gun Show, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima, Sat. 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $6, free for members and under 18. Over 400 tables of modern and antique guns, edged weapons, and sportsmen equipment. 419-647-0067 or www.tristategunshow.org. DEC. 10–18 – Elf the Musical, Encore Theatre, 991 N. Shore Dr., Lima, Thur.–Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $10–$17. Based on the film by David Berenbaum. 419-223-8866 or www.amiltellers.org. DEC. 11 – “Bells, Brass, and Bows,” Veterans Memorial Civic Ctr., 7 Town Square, Lima, 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the sounds of the season with the Lima Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as they present their beloved holiday concert featuring traditional favorites and singalongs. 419-2225701 or www.limasymphony.com. DEC. 11 – National Model Railroad Association Train Show, Allen Co. Fgds., 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $7, under 13 free. More than 150 vendor tables offering new and used model trains in all scales, railroadiana, operating layout displays, and more. Visit Santa and Children’s Play Area. Food and refreshments available. Presented by the Three Rivers Division 3 NCR NMRA. https://allencofair.com. DEC. 12 – A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage, Donnell Theater, Marathon Center, 200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Starting at $28. Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in this adaptation of Charles Schulz’s timeless story of the spirit of Christmas. www.mcpa.org/events/detail/charlie-brown-christmas. DEC. 12 – A Christmas Carol, Veterans Memorial Civic Ctr., 7 Town Square, Lima, 3 p.m. A new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, featuring first-class actors, stunning sets, puppetry, and traditional carols. 419-2225701 or www.limasymphony.com. DEC. 12 – Winter Festival of Crafts, Franciscan Center at Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free parking and admission. A beautiful setting for our last show of the year. Pick up that lastminute holiday gift or decoration that will make your holiday bright! Handcrafted items — no imports! 419-8421925 or www.toledocraftsmansguild.org.

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NOV. 20 – Thanksgiving Dinner with Abraham Lincoln, Hale Farm and Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd., Bath, 3:30–6 p.m. $20–$50. Listen to the stories of our nation’s past and enjoy the music of the season. Registration required. 330-666-3711 ext. 1720, halereservations@wrhs.org, or /events. NOV. 20–21 – Strongsville Spring Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Strongsville Ehrnfelt Recreation Ctr., 18100 Royalton Rd., Strongsville, Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $3, under 12 free. Artists and crafters selling original handmade items. Full concessions stand on-site. 440-227-8794 or www.avantgardeshows.com. NOV. 20–21, 26–28, DEC. 2–5, 9–24 – Vendor Village NOV. 13 – Wayne County Agricultural Society Gun Artisan Pop-up Market, Crocker Park, 177 Market St., Bash, Wayne Co. Fair Event Ctr., 199 Vanover St., Wooster, Westlake, 12–8 p.m. (12–6 p.m. on Nov. 21 and 28). Arts doors open at 1:30 p.m., first drawing at 3 p.m. Tickets and crafts, pictures with Santa, Santa’s sleigh, and PolarX $25 each or 5 for $100; price includes food, drinks, and Ornament gift shop. 216-233-6467 or on Facebook. entry to win any guns or prizes on raffle ticket. Wall of NOV. 20–DEC. 31 – Holidays at the Mansion, Victorian Guns, 50/50 drawing, mystery safe, extra raffles. www. House Museum, 484 Wooster Rd., Millersburg, Sun.– waynecountyfairohio.com/gunbash. Thur. 1–4 p.m., Fri./Sat. 1–8 p.m. $10. Tour the 28-room NOV. 18 – Christmas with the Nelsons, Ohio Star mansion, beautifully decorated for the season, and see Theater, 1387 Old OH-39, Sugarcreek, 7 p.m. $50–$66. our outdoor winter wonderland display with 14,000 lights. This heartwarming concert stars the third generation of 330-674-0022 or www.holmeshistory.com/events. Nelson family hitmakers, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, NOV. 26–28, DEC. 2–5, 9–23, 26–30 – Deck the delivering Christmas classics. 855-344-7547 or www. Hall: “Lights, Cameras, Christmas!,” Stan Hywet Hall dhgroup.com/theater/christmas-with-the-nelsons-2021. and Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, 5–8 p.m. The NOV. 19 – Window Wonderland, downtown Wooster, gardens and grounds will be decorated with 1 million 3–9 p.m. Beautifully decorated storefront windows, holiday lights, the perfect setting for a brisk winter stroll. festive dining, live music, and fabulous shopping. 330Inside, classic movies will be staged in 21 spaces, and 25 262-6222 or www.mainstreetwooster.org. decorated trees create a festive atmosphere throughout. NOV. 19–20 – Season’s Splendor Arts and Crafts 330-836-5533 or www.stanhywet.org. Show, Fisher Auditorium and Shisler Conference Ctr., NOV. 26–28, DEC. 3–5, 10–26 – Drive-Thru Holiday OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Fri. 5–9 p.m., Sat. Lights, Medina Co. Fgds., 720 W. Smith Rd., Medina, Fri./ 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Over 130 vendors. Only handcrafted Sat. 6–10 p.m., Sun. and weeknights 6–9 p.m. $10 per car, items; no commercial vendors. Food available. 330-345$20 per small bus/van, $50 per large bus. 330-723-9633. 5962 or www.facebook.com/WCACG/events. NOV. 26–JAN. 8 – Steubenville Nutcracker Village NOV. 20 – JHS Key Club Arts and Craft Show, Jackson and Advent Market, Steubenville Visitor Ctr., 120 S. 3rd High School, 7600 Fulton Dr., Massillon, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. St., Steubenville. Free. Over 150 large-as-life, unique www.jackson.stark.k12.oh.us/domain/249. nutcrackers are stationed under a canopy of lights and



THROUGH NOV. 27 – Historical Quilts and Needlework Exhibit, Ross County Heritage Center, 45 West Fifth Street, Chillicothe, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 740-772-1936 or visit www.rosscountyhistorical.org. THROUGH DECEMBER – Athens Farmers Market, 1000 E. State St., Athens, every Wednesday, 9 a.m.– 1 p.m.; every Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. 740-593-6763 or www.athensfarmersmarket.org. NOV. 1–JAN. 1 – Dickens Victorian Village, downtown Cambridge. See scenes of life in 1850s England, featuring life-sized mannequins wearing real vintage clothing. 800933-5480 or www.dickensvictorianvillage.com. NOV. 1–JAN. 1 – Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Light Show, Cambridge, 5:30–9 p.m. nightly. See animated displays of lights synchronized to holiday music. 800-933-5480 or www.dickensvictorianvillage.com.

NOV. 6 – “Welcome to the Holidays” Craft Show, Sardis Community Center, 37184 Mound St., Sardis, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Homemade food available. www.facebook. com/sardisohcc. NOV. 15–20 – Mosser Glass Holiday Open House, 9279 Cadiz Rd., Cambridge, Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. www.visitguernseycounty.com. NOV. 20 – The Diamond Project: Neil Diamond Tribute, Majestic Theatre, 45 E. Second St., Chillicothe, 7:30 p.m. $18–$20. www.majesticchillicothe.net. NOV. 27 – Cambridge Christmas Parade, Wheeling Avenue, Cambridge, 5 p.m. 740-439-2238 or www. downtowncambridge.com. NOV. 27 – Merry-etta Christmas Parade, downtown Marietta, 6–7:30 p.m. Floats, dance routines, carolers, and more, complete with festive lights, and an appearance by Santa Claus. www.mariettaohio.org. NOV. 27–DEC. 19 – Santa Train, Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Nelsonville Depot, 33 W. Canal St., Nelsonville, Fri. 6 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m., 2 p.m. $16–$21. Santa visits with each child as the train traverses the Hocking River Valley. 855-323-3768, 740753-9531, or www.hvsry.org/train-rides/santa. NOV. 28 – Cambridge City Band Christmas Concert, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Hwy., Cambridge, 3 p.m. 740-439-7009 or www. pritchardlauglin.com.


holiday decorations throughout the downtown and Fort Steuben Park 24/7. Also enjoy hayrides, the Holly Trolley, children’s activities, music, crafts, and much more. 740283-4935 or www.steubenvillenutcrackervillage.com NOV. 27 – The Handmade Market, Painesville Railroad Museum (NYC Painesville Depot), 475 Railroad St., Painesville, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Art and craft show, bake sale, raffle, refreshments. 440-655-4455, prrmevent@att. net, or www.painesvillerailroadmuseum.org. NOV. 27–28, DEC. 4 – Christmas in the Alpaca Barn, 16800 Cowley Rd., Grafton, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Enjoy an upclose look at these peaceful creatures. Shop at the Farm Store. 440-477-4300 or www.ourlittleworldalpacas.com. DEC. 3 – Downtown Churches Walking Tour, Wooster, 5–8 p.m. Eight historic downtown churches participate in this Christmas tradition. At each church you can sing a Christmas carol, hear a bit of the church’s history, and admire their Christmas decorations. Map available online. 330-262-6222 or www.mainstreetwooster.org. DEC. 4 – Christmas Down on the Farm, Schrock’s Amish Farm, 4363 St. Rte. 39, Berlin, noon–5 p.m. Sleigh rides, gingerbread house decorating, Christmas cookies, more. 330-893-3604, www.schrocksvillage.com, or www. tistheseasonchristmas.com. DEC. 4 – Sights and Sounds of Christmas Parade, downtown Steubenville, noon–1 p.m. ​www.facebook. com/SteubenvilleChristmasParade. DEC. 4–5 – Christmas in the Village, Smithville Community Historical Society, Smithville, Sat. 5–8 p.m., Sun. 1:30–4 p.m. The village will be transformed into early Victorian Christmas glamour. Santa will greet guests. 330669-9308 or http://sohchs.org. DEC. 12 – Massillon Train and Toy Show, Massillon Knights of Columbus Hall, 988 Cherry Rd. NW, Massillon, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $5, under 13 free. Trains of all gauges, running layouts, vintage toys, diecast models, NASCAR items, and more. refreshments available. 330-262-7488, cathijon@sssnet.com, or http://cjtrains.com/shows.

NOV. 30 – Christmas with John Berry, Majestic Theatre, 45 E. Second St., Chillicothe, 7:30 p.m. $30–$55. www. majesticchillicothe.net. DEC. 4 – Children’s Holiday Program, Ross County Heritage Ctr., 45 W. Fifth St., Chillicothe. $10 for one-year junior membership. Registration required; call 740-7721936 to register; www.rosscountyhistorical.org. DEC. 4 – Chillicothe Christmas Church Walk, beginning at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 285 W. Water St., Chillicothe, 6:30–9:30 p.m. $10. www.visitchillicotheohio. com/events. DEC. 4 – Downtown Logan Christmas Parade, Main Street, Logan, 2 p.m. See Santa and cheer on this year’s floats. 740-385-6836 or http://explorehockinghills.com. DEC. 7 – Cambridge City Band Concert, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Hwy., Cambridge, 7 p.m. 740-439-7009 or www.pritchardlauglin.com. DEC. 9–12 – Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical, Majestic Theatre, 45 E. Second St., Chillicothe, Thur.–Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $12–$15. www.cctchillicothe.com. DEC. 10–11 – Caldwell Food Center Third Annual Cookie Walk, 110 Olive St., Caldwell, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Cookies available for purchase. For information, see our Facebook page or visit www.caldwellfoodcenter.com. DEC. 11 – Christmas Open House, Ross County Heritage Ctr., 45 W. Fifth St., Chillicothe, 1–4 p.m. Free. 740-7721936 or www.rosscountyhistorical.org.


NOV. 21 – Zanesville Handbell Festival, Grace United Methodist Church, 516 Shinnick St., Zanesville, 7 p.m. Local handbell choirs perform individually and together to usher in the holiday season for the community. Freewill offering taken to cover concert expenses. www. visitzanesville.com/Calendar-Of-Events. NOV. 27–28 – Scott Antique Market, Ohio Expo Ctr., Bricker and Celeste Bldgs., Columbus, Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free; $5 parking. 800–1,200 exhibit booths. www.scottantiquemarkets.com. NOV. 27–28 – Winterfest: “A 1920s Christmas,” Wagnalls Memorial, 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis. THROUGH JAN. 15 – Exhibition: “Norman Rockwell’s Free. Decorated rooms and themed Christmas trees, live Home for the Holidays,” Wagnalls Memorial, 150 E. singing, reindeer displays, children’s crafts, and more, Columbus St., Lithopolis, regular museum hours. Free. On including appearances by Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the loan from the Norman Rockwell Museum, this traditional elves. 614-837-4765 or www.wagnallsfoundation.org. holiday collection of Rockwell’s work will inspire feelings NOV. 28 – Gambier Craft Sale, Kenyon College Athletic of warmth and good cheer while letting you experience Ctr., 221 Duff St., Gambier. Free. More than 100 vendors the nostalgia of yesteryear. 614-837-4765 or www. from all over Ohio selling homemade/handmade arts, wagnallsfoundation.org. crafts, clothing, jewelry, and food items. Lunch available. NOV. 9, DEC. 14 – Inventors Network Meeting, mistie_wray@yahoo.com or www.visitknoxohio.org. virtual, 7 p.m. Educational presentations and discussion DEC. 2 – Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra about the invention process. Meetings are held the 2nd Holiday Concert, Secrest Auditorium, 334 Shinnick St., Tuesday of each month virtually. 614-470-0144 or www. Zanesville, 7 p.m. www.secrestauditorium.com. inventorscolumbus.com. DEC. 3 – Pickerington Holiday Gathering, Columbus NOV. 19 – Miracle on Main Parade, Main Street, Coshocton. This year’s theme is “A Hometown Christmas.” Street and various locations, Pickerington, 5–8 p.m. City tree lighting at 7 p.m. at the Gazebo. Horse-drawn 740-623-5934 or https://m-partners.facebook.com/ wagon rides, strolling carolers, ice carving, live reindeer, events/1288231171592696. circulating trolley, cookie decorating, children’s crafts, NOV. 21 – Buckeye Comic Con, Courtyard Marriott Holiday Gift Market, and much more. 614-595-5867 or Columbus West, 2350 Westbelt Dr. (I-270 at Roberts Rd. www.pickeringtonvillage.com. exit 10), Columbus, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $5; age 6 and under free. Featuring local guest creators. www.facebook.com/ DEC. 3–5 – Christmas at the Palace, Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, Fri./Sat. 7:30 p.m., Buckeye-Comic-Con-1917494808540660. Sun. 2 p.m. $12–$23. Directed by Clare Cooke, this variety

show featuring local community members has become one of Marion’s favorite holiday traditions. 740-383-2101 or www.marionpalace.org. DEC. 3–5 – Christmas Walk, Lancaster Camp Ground, 2151 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster, 5:30–9:30 p.m. Live music, holiday shopping, food and sweets, Nativity, and Saint Nicholas. 740-653-2119 or www.lancastercampground. org/christmas-walk. DEC. 4, 11 – Christmas Candlelighting Ceremony, Roscoe Village, Main Stage, 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton. Free. Share in the evening’s tradition of lighting the 30-foot Christmas tree. 740-622-7644, 800877-1830, or www.roscoevillage.com. DEC. 11 – Annual Holiday Cookie Walk, Fairfield County Genealogical Research Library, 503 Lenwood Dr. (corner of Lenwood and West Mulberry), Lancaster, 1–4 p.m. Stock up for the holidays! Select from a great variety of cookies for $6 per pound. 740-653-2573. DEC. 11 – Care Train of Union County Auction, McAuliffe’s Ace Hardware, 1299 W. Fifth St., Marysville, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. 937-303-9453 or https://caretrain.org. DEC. 12 – Columbus Winter Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, Makoy Event Ctr., 5462 Center St., Hilliard, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $3, under 12 free. It’s officially holiday shopping time! This large show will feature artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. Full concessions stand on-site. www.avantgardeshows.com. DEC. 12 – Debby Boone’s White Christmas, Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, 3 p.m. $27–$42. Three-time Grammy Award-winning artist delivers a jubilant holiday celebration through story and yuletide songs, including her 1977 fan favorite, “You Light Up My Life.” 740-383-2101 or www.marionpalace.org.

NOV. 26–27 – Holiday Craft and Gift Show, Montgomery Co. Fgds., 645 Infirmary Rd., Dayton, Fri. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $4, under 13 free. The area’s largest craft show! www.ohiochristmasshows.com/ dayton-holiday-craft-show. NOV. 26–DEC. 31 – Art at the Mill, Historic Bear’s Mill, 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Rd., Greenville. We showcase Liz Zorn, abstract paintings, and the Millrace Potters, handmade pottery. Reception will be held Nov. 26, 6–8 p.m. 937-548-5112 or www.bearsmill.org. NOV. 27 – Bethany Christmas Bazaar, Bethany United Methodist Church, 6388 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., Liberty THROUGH NOV. 21 – Bluegrass Wednesdays, Vinoklet Township (Butler County), 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. Unique Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, Wed. 6:30–8:30 handcrafted gifts, Christmas decorations, and vendors p.m. Enjoy dinner, wine, and an evening of free bluegrass such as Pampered Chef and Magnolia & Vine. Donations entertainment by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. of canned goods accepted for charity. Find “Bethany Reservations strongly recommended. 513-385-9309 or Christmas Bazaar” on Facebook. vinokletwinery@fuse.net. NOV. 28 – Winter Avant-Garde Art and Craft NOV. 20 – Hometown Holiday Horse Parade, South Show, Oasis Golf Club and Conference Ctr., 902 Broadway, Greenville, 7 p.m. The lighted parade includes Loveland-Miamiville Rd., Loveland, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $3, horse-drawn carriages, wagons, riders, and buggies. 937- under 12 free. Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping! 548-4998 or www.downtowngreenville.org. This large show will feature artists and crafters selling their original handmade items. Full concessions stand NOV. 20 – Hometown HoliDazzle Illuminated on-site. www.avantgardeshows.com. Parade, Wilmington, 7 p.m., beginning at the Clinton County Fairgrounds and ending downtown. www. DEC. 3 – Christmas on the Green, downtown hometownholidazzle.com. Piqua, 6–9 p.m. Community caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, children’s activities, shopping, and live NOV. 25–DEC. 31 – Light Up Middletown, Smith entertainment. www.mainstreetpiqua.com. Park, 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown, 6–10 p.m. daily. A drive-through fantasy light display. See Santa and Mrs. DEC. 3 – First Friday Concert: Harps of Grace, United Claus every Friday and Saturday evening, 7–9 p.m. www. Methodist Church, 120 S. Broad St., Middletown, noon–1 lightupmiddletown.org. p.m. Free. Enjoy the heavenly sound of this “choir of harps” as they fill you with the wonders and joys of the NOV. 26 – Grand Illumination, downtown Troy. Join music of Christmas. 513-423-4620 or www.myfumc.net. us for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree and an evening of holiday fun, including horse-drawn carriage rides. Children can visit with Santa in the Santa House on Prouty Plaza. www.troymainstreet.org.

DEC. 3–5 – Christmas in the Village, downtown Waynesville, Fri. 6–9 p.m., Sat. 1–9 p.m., Sun. 1–5 p.m. Shopping, dining, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and choirs, costumed characters, a heated entertainment tent, and daily visits from Santa Claus. 513-897-8855 or www.waynesvilleohio.com. DEC. 4 – Candlelight Walk Open House, Historic Bear’s Mill, 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Rd., Greenville, 6–9 p.m. Join us for this annual Christmas celebration. 937-5485112 or www.bearsmill.org. DEC. 4 – Milford Athletic Boosters Annual Craft Show, 1 Eagles Way, Milford, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $2; free parking. Almost 300 crafters. Food and drinks available for purchase at the cafeteria. www.milfordathletics.org/ boosters/craft-show-3/craft-show-3. DEC. 4 – Piqua Holiday Parade, downtown Piqua, 2 p.m. Celebrate the season with an old-fashioned holiday parade. Kids can visit with Santa after the parade in the lobby of the Fort Piqua Plaza. www.mainstreetpiqua.com. DEC. 5 – German Village Christmas Walk, Hamilton, noon–5 p.m. Free. Horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, strolling musicians in Dickens attire, live reindeer, visits with Santa, and much more. 513-288-4688 or www. gettothebc.com. DEC. 11 – Holly Jolly 5K/10K Run, downtown Piqua, 10 a.m. Same-day registration accepted in the lobby of the Municipal Government Complex, 201 W. Water St. You can also download your registration at www. mainstreetpiqua.com or sign up online at www. cantstoprunningco.com. DEC. 11–12 – Dayton Christkindlmarkt, 1400 E. Fifth St., Dayton, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 12–4 p.m. Celebrate the centuries-old Christmas market tradition that originated in Germany. 937-223-9013 or www.daytongermanclub.org.









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