B y Jaime Thomas
Throughout Granville, little elves—also known as village officials—have been spending countless hours preparing for a holiday wonderland.
On Friday, Dec. 6, the village, the Chamber of Commerce, the Slate Valley and Pember museums and other organizations will join together for a special event.
“It’s going to be spectacular,” said Assistant Village Clerk Denise Davies. Both she and Village Clerk Rick Roberts said the lights thus far made them feel as in awe as a child might.
Kicking off the festivities will be events for little ones at the Pember Library and Museum and the Slate Valley Museum at 4:30 p.m.
The Pember will offer stories by the fire, Christmas craft making for children, a winter animals activity in the museum, and cookies and hot cider. At 5:15 p.m., Santa arrives at the Pember, and children will receive gift books from Fronhoffer’s Books in Kids Hands.
The Slate, a glistening display of decorated Christmas trees, also opens to the public at 4:30 p.m. There will be slate decoration making, Christmas movies on the big screen, the festival of trees, model trains and a Memories of Christmas tree.
At about 4:45, Santa will arrive by sleigh before he heads out to visit more children.
Singing songs to bring everyone into the holiday spirit will be three groups of carolers at the museums as well. These vocalists will also bring musical cheer to local nursing homes.
Everyone who wants to see Santa arrive in a horse-drawn carriage, pulled by John Shaw’s Clydesdales should be sure to head over to Veterans Park around 5:30 or so. Before St. Nick shows up, community members can tour the lighted displays.
Then, Mr. Claus will garner his magic to light the trees in time with music.
“You hope these people come out and see it. It’s going to be one of those things that you see and go, ‘Woah,’” Roberts said. In the park alone, there will be 25,000 lights, 200 of which will be on the flagpole.
Though the event should prove to be magical, a real, solid effort has been happening to make it happen.
This past weekend, for example, Rick Roberts and his family, Dean Hyatt and his family, Denise Davies and Brian LaRose volunteered their time to get a huge chunk of the setup completed in the park, along with help from Phil Juckett.
Dean Hyatt and village workers decorated the Slate Valley Museum last weekend, and the Granville Lions Club donated $500 to the effort. And this past Monday, the village Department of Public Works began overtime work to decorate the village.
“We’re really going to do up the Main Street as a thoroughfare with the park being the center of it all,” Roberts said.
After Santa arrives, he will speak with children and give them presents, and the park will be aglow with activity. Local Boy Scouts will have a fire set up to warm up chilly revelers, and auxiliaries of the American Legion and the VFW will give out hot cocoa and cookies.
Following up with this festive part of the evening, the two museums will keep up the mood for First Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.
At the Pember will be a holiday market featuring artists, carolers and refreshments.
The Slate Valley Museum, meanwhile, will hold its second-annual festival of trees. An assortment of trees decorated by various individuals, groups and organizations will be on glittering display. Adding to the mood will be hot chocolate and a bonfire in the cultural campus, model trains and more.
Though some lights will be lit up before the big event, many of the displays will be kept under wraps until Santa’s arrival. They will then stay lit up throughout the rest of the season.