West Liberty is gearing up for its Christmas festivities with several events being planned including Christmas music and decorations. On Monday, Nov. 20, the Lions Club is holding the Ham & Turkey Raffle. It will be held at 7 p.m. at the West Liberty Fire House.
The shops will hold open houses on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25. On Friday, Marie’s Candies will once again hold their open house from 8 am – 6 pm, which includes yummy samples, candy making demonstration, free Gingerbread house decorating for children 12 and under.
Friday, Nov. 24 is the last day to bid at the West Liberty Christmas Tree Silent Auction at Town Hall. There are ten Christmas trees beautifully decorated by area businesses, non-profits and families and bidding ends at 4 pm. Proceeds go to the West Liberty Historical Society’s Opera House Project. This event is sponsored by West Liberty Business Association. For more information, contact village clerk, Cindee Boyd at 937-465-2716.
Paul Kari will be present to autograph his book “The Strength to Endure” from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Township Trustee Room at Town Hall. Kary was a POW for seven years in Vietnam. The books are $30 each with proceeds going to The West Liberty Historical Society’s Opera House Project.
The Old Fashioned Community Soup Dinner will be held at the Fire House from 4 to 6 p.m. Stop by for a hot cup of soup and fellowship with other community members.
The 19th annual Luminary 5K Run, in honor of Paul Johnson, will begin at 5 p.m., making a loop twice around the west side of the village. Walkers are welcome. Registration form can be found on www.mywestliberty.com. Questions can be addressed by calling race director Bob Griffith at 937-844-9500, Nick Hostetler at 937-465-2465 or Mark Nelson at 937-441-1569. Prizes will be awarded after the parade.
The Christmas Parade and Christmas tree lighting will began at 6 pm. If you would like to enter a float, decorate a vehicle, march or walk or enter your animals, parade forms can be found at www.mywestliberty.com. The theme is “Christmas” so use your imagination and get your entry ready. Santa will be in the parade so no more Santa’s please.
Following the parade the children can visit Santa’s Work Shop at the Fire House
for treats and a picture with the Jolly Old Elf himself.
Tami Wenger is a regular contributor to this newspaper.