Holiday Hullabaloo

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The occasional rain shower may have dampened the grounds of the historic downtown area but it did not dampen the spirits of the hundreds of visitors who came out to experience a bit of holiday fun as the city of Grove City hosted its annual Christmas Celebration. Throughout the two-day event, which was held on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, local residents and neighboring guests were able to shop for gifts for loved ones at the Heart of Grove City Mistletoe Market, experience life as it was in the 19th century via guided tours at the Grant-Sawyer Homestead and meet Santa Claus and his better half as they begin preparations for the big night. Much like her husband, Mrs. Claus (a.k.a. Teresa Breckenridge) could be spotted throughout the downtown region but she much preferred the warm fire at the Visit Grove City Guide and Gear shop as did her local Girl Scout Troop 5910 assistants (from left to right) Zoey Mitchell, Eowyn Barber, and Julia Lynch. Pictured with them is the shop’s fluffy, albeit fake, canine, but it will serve as a reminder that the storefront at 3995 Broadway will be one of two drop-off locations in the city that are official “Presents for Pets” donation destinations. Those wishing to donate bath towels, beds, blankets, crates, dry cat and dog food, durable toys and soft and chewy treats can do so at the Guide and Gear Shop and Pinnacle Pets Play and Stay, 3491 Farm Bank Way, during store hours through Dec. 16. All items will be distributed to the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center.
The Heart of Grove City Mistletoe Market was a popular destination for those looking for handcrafted items to adorn homes throughout the area. Here, Janna Hoffman, owner of The Repurposed Tree, displays the festive artwork she made using Spanish moss and pieces of an old tree.
Kat Hathaway, of Kat’s Cut Flowers, showcases the dried floral arrangements at her station inside the Mistletoe Market.
Fiddle, a mini donkey, delights in the attention from Patty Roose at the petting zoo area. Fiddle and a menagerie of farm animal friends were at the Christmas Celebration on Dec. 2 courtesy of the Mount Sterling-based Horse-N-Round Fun.
Adrianna Myers, 5, is all smiles as she gets a ride from the festively adorned Trigger.
The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society hosted a guided tour of the Grant-Sawyer Homestead on Dec. 2 to offer a glimpse of what life might have looked like during the holidays in the 19th century. Although SWFCHS volunteer Hunter Thompson said it was unlikely his counterpart, a young A.G. Grant, would have made or served cookies it could have been possible if he wanted to “get a laugh” out of his guests.
SWFCHS volunteer Janet Shailer does a bit of crafting at the dinner table in the Grant-Sawyer Homestead.
SWFCHS volunteer Regina Thielen looks over the Christmas tree on display in the living room of the Grant-Sawyer Homestead. She says the Christmas trees of the 1800s would have been adorned with berries, popcorn, and peppermints and have only been featured on the house for “a night and a day.”
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