Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Chris Long and Kathy Stapp display items to be sold at the library during Plain City’s Christmas Under the Clock celebration Dec. 1. The wreaths on the wall are two of 30 that will be auctioned off at Plain City Auction.
Tick, tock. Tick, tock. It’s time for Christmas Under the Clock!
The Uptown Plain City Corporation, Village of Plain City, and Plain City Business Association are hosting the sixth annual celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 in the heart of the village.
"It seems like it’s grown every year," said Chris Long who is organizing the event with Jamie Bliss and Tami Baldwin.
The night will start with a new feature, a wreath auction at Plain City Auction House. Merchants, civic organizations and non-profit groups have decorated and donated over 30 wreaths for the auction. The proceeds will go toward Plain City events.
"Everybody’s been given free rein. For example, Pioneer Coffee Co. has a gift card tucked away in their wreath," Long said. "The police and fire departments are even participating. There are definitely going to be some unique wreaths."
Originally, the idea was to decorate and sell Christmas trees, but expense was a factor. Then, the wreath idea came along.
"We thought we’d have a hard time getting enough people to sign up (to decorate wreaths), but we started getting calls asking if we had any left," Long said.
Anybody can participate in the bidding process when the wreaths go on the auction block at 5 p.m.
At 5:30, Plain City Mayor Sandra Adkins will preside over the tree lighting ceremony at Bicentennial Park in the center of town. The Jonathan Alder High School band and Lighthouse Fellowship choir will perform.
Santa Claus will make appearances at the wreath auction and tree lighting before getting a ride from the fire department to Yoder’s True Value Hardware where he will listen to children’s Christmas wishes and pose for photographs.
From 6 to 9 p.m., businesses on Main and Jefferson streets will hold open houses, and horse-drawn carriages and a tractor-drawn wagon will offer free rides.
Throughout the night, visitors will have many chances to enter a drawing to win a $500 Simon Visa gift card. Tickets are free. Participants must visit participating businesses between 6 and 8:45, and can only enter once at each location.
The drawing, which will include other prizes in addition to the Visa gift card, will be held at 9 p.m. at Pioneer Coffee.
The Plain City Library also will be busy during Christmas Under the Clock. Classical Sounds, a string and woodwind quartet, will perform, and the Friends group is hosting a novelty sale and silent auction from 6 to 9 p.m.
For details about Christmas Under the Clock, call the library at 614-873-4912.