SMITHVILLE — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Smithville. Once again, as it has for more than 25 years, preparation is taking place for Christmas in the Village.
It will take place Saturday from to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
“Attendance to the event has tripled over the years,” said Margo Stafford of the Smithville Community Historical Society, which hosts the celebration. “Nita Downey and her husband Harold (deceased) were responsible for getting this started back in 1992."
Local businesses will be joining the Historical Society on Saturday by extending their hours to 7 p.m.
“One of our members will be playing the organ and piano in the historic Church of God,” Stafford said. “The church is 150 years old and there a lot of historic instruments there.”
The Pioneer Village and Mishler Weaving Mill will open at 6 p.m. with St. Nicholas and Mrs. Claus on hand for photo opportunities, at 6:30 p.m. and the Dickens Carolers will be at the village to sing carols of the period.
There also will be a tinsmith, blacksmith and wheelwright in their shops at Pioneer Village.
At the Sheller Log Home, Dorothy Hodgdon and her sons Phillip and Allen, will play music of the season and hand out treats.
The Smithville Village Pottery, located in the Carriage Barn, will be creating gifts and the Irvin Log Cabin, will have its fireplace lit to warm visitors and roast marshmallows.
A special feature of “A Christmas Story” will be held in the Red Caboose/Children’s Museum.
The 1881 Depot will have a model railroad exhibit that will be running and the Congress area school kid wagon will be in operation between the Pioneer Village and the Mishler Weaving Mill.
A gift shop attached to the mill and next to the gift shop is the Greater Akron Model-T Club Museum telling of the history of this iconic automobile.
On Sunday, visitors can enjoy Christmas in the Village in the daylight from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
A Christmas concert will take place at 3 p.m. in the Church of God on Milton Street under the direction of John Robertson of the Orrville Community Band.
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