A day to express our gratitude

By Vickie Rhodehamel

Arcane News

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s time once again to get together with family and friends and express their gratitude for one another, all the blessings that have been bestowed on us and give thanks to God for another year. Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada. The day is celebrated as a day to be grateful for the blessings of the harvest and the previous year. The festival is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November in the United States. This day has the tradition of gathering around a table with friends and family. Turkey is the main tradition of this event, and is cooked for all members present and shared among them on this special Thanksgiving Day occasion. I think Erma Bombeck said it best: “What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside for the fourth Thursday in November, when nobody’s dieting. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? May your thanksgiving be filled with peace, love and harmony!

The annual Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society fundraiser for the Christmas Bazaar takes place this Friday and Saturday. You won’t want to miss it; it’s still the best bazaar in town! You can do your Christmas shopping here for a great selection of gifts, Christmas decorations from gently used items and homemade treats. Opening hours are Friday evening, November 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. AWTHS is located at 123 West George St., Arcanum.

The 10th Annual Arcanum Seniors Christmas Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, December 7 at 1:30 p.m. at Arcanum High School. This event is free and open to all seniors in the Arcanum community. The event will take place at the local Arcanum-Butler schools cafe. If you plan to attend, please confirm your attendance at 692-5174 Ext. 1337 before December 2. Please share this information with your family, friends and neighbors.

The Arcanum Area Business Association presents “Christmas in the Park” on December 3, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a Candy Cane Hunt, followed by visits with Santa alongside crafts, a bonfire and S’mores. The decorating contest in the park will begin around 7 p.m. The decoration competition is open to individuals and companies and there are 20 places available. There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. To reserve a spot or for more information, please contact Julie Miller at the Town Building at 937-692-8500 or email [email protected]

The Arcanum Village Park and Recreation Committee is proud to announce that 12 trees have been sponsored for Ivester Park in 2022. The organizers would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the sponsors. The next Ivester Park Tree sponsorship will begin in the spring of 2023!

Arcanum High School’s National Honor Society welcomed fifteen new students and an honorary teacher earlier this month at the annual tapping ceremony. Congratulations to the following people: Lily Johnting, Lydia Kauffman, Kolin Frazee, Carley Rieman, Dominic Rhodehamel, Arianne Garrison, Ethan Bennett, Rylee Leeper, Caleb Hartman, Katie Sharp, Taelen Unger, Hannah Kendig, Katie Weiss, Isabella Harleman and Jaelynn Hatfield. Special congratulations to Kathy Kuhbander who was selected as an honorary staff member! Thanks to Alychia Wright and Lora Brandon for their efforts and to Jason Stephan for making this event a success.

Historic Bear’s Mill is even more beautiful by candlelight. Join them for the annual Candlelight Walk as you usher in the holiday season with one of their favorite events on Friday, December 2 from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy complimentary refreshments around the campfire and live music by Joseph Helfrich. Stock up on holiday cheer at the Mill Store and Art Gallery! The store will be fully stocked with stone-ground flours, holiday decorations, homemade candies, gourmet food items and Bear’s Mill souvenirs. It is a very popular event and well attended by their supporters; so plan to sightsee, sightsee, and spread good cheer to everyone you meet at Bear’s Mill.

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