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Winter nights light up in Akron area communities

11/22/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

The Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Akron, shown during a past celebration, will take place Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. at Lock 3 Park.
Photo: Scott Horstman
Ed Schneider, of Akron, is shown in front of the canned goods menorah at the Menorah Lighting at Summit Mall last year. This year, organizers are asking attendees to bring canned goods, which will be made into a can menorah at the event, which will take place Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Photo: Scott Horstman
Singers and instrumentalists from Norton High School keep up the seasonal mood during the wait for Santa during last year’s Tree Lighting in Norton. This year the event will take place Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at Columbia Woods Park.
Photo: Dale Dong
GREATER AKRON — Cold winter nights will brighten at the many lighting events taking place locally.

Several area communities plan activities to bring residents together in the spirit of the season. From tree lightings to menorah lightings, music, seasonal foods and special guests will be on hand to help with the celebrations.

Here’s a rundown of local lighting ceremonies in the West Side Leader coverage area. Events listed are in chronological order and all are free unless otherwise noted.

• Wye Road Bridge Lighting, Bath: Activities will take place Nov. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Ghent area. The bridge is located on Wye Road between Granger and Yellow Creek roads. The Bath Business Association (BBA) is sponsoring the lighting for the ninth year. Following the lighting of the bridge, Santa Claus will arrive and will meet with children at Clever Pup 101. There will be singing along with Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; gift bags for children, courtesy of BBA members; and horse-drawn carriage rides. The Bake Shop in Ghent will provide cookies and hot chocolate. For additional information, go to www.bathbusi nessassociation.com or call 330-666-3347.

• Tree Lighting Ceremony, Richfield: Events on Nov. 23 will begin at 6 p.m. at the southeast corner of Broadview and West Streetsboro roads. The event will include a traditional candle-lighting ceremony, the tree lighting and carols. Following the appearance of Santa Claus, attendees will be welcomed at the decorated Masonic Hall, where they can enjoy punch, hot chocolate and cookies. Younger participants will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and some of his assistants from the North Pole. For more details, call 330-659-4750.

• Tree Lighting Ceremony, Downtown Akron: The Nov. 23 program will begin at 7 p.m. at Lock 3 Park, adjacent to the Akron Civic Theatre on South Main Street. Hosted by WONE’s T.K. O’Grady, the show will include the official return of Archie the Snowman as he takes to the ice and tells his story. The event also will include music from Mo Mojo, performances by Richfield skater Zachariah Szabo and synchronized skating team Precise Ice from Wooster, and the lighting of holiday lights and the tree in Lock 3 and along Main Street. The Downtown Akron Partnership will light the night sky and the canal with fireworks. Akron’s Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. will ceremonially tap the first keg of its 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale as part of the evening’s festivities. Following the ceremony, the ice rink will be open until 11 p.m. and the Holiday Market and Reindeer Run, the sled hill, will be open until 9 p.m. For more information, go to www.lock3live.com or see related story on Page 30.

• Tree Lighting, Cuyahoga Falls: The city will kick off the holidays Nov. 24 with events at Falls River Square from noon to 9 p.m. The ice rink will open that day, and attendees also will have the chance to take part in photos with Santa and train rides. Mayor Don Robart will oversee the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m., which will be followed by fireworks. The evening also will feature an ice skating show presented by skaters from Kent State University. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, call 330-971-8135.

• Community Celebration, Sharon Township: The community will gather Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at Sharon Town Hall for an event that will feature entertainment from Highland High School’s Added Attraction and a community sing-along. Also, a community member will be presented with the annual Heritage Society Appreciation Award. The tree in the gazebo on Sharon Circle will be lit, and Santa will be the special guest. Cookies and hot cocoa will be served. Those who attend are asked to bring a nonperishable food item. For more information, call 330-239-4406.

• Candlelight Walk, Peninsula: The village will host this second-annual event Nov. 29 from 5 to 9 p.m., which will allow visitors to celebrate the holiday season with a walk on luminary-lit Main Street. Shopkeepers and organizations will open their doors for an evening of holiday cheer and fellowship, with music, holiday treats and more planned. Visitors also may attend a celebration for the village being named to Ohio Magazine’s Best Hometowns at an awards presentation at 6 p.m. at the G.A.R. Hall, 1785 Main St. Also open to visitors from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be the “North Pole” near Lock 29 as elves prepare for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Polar Express train to arrive. The village also will host Christmas in Peninsula Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with activities throughout the community. For more information, go to www.explore peninsula.com.

• Tree Lighting, Norton: On Dec. 1, the third annual Year of the Tree lighting event will take place, in which more than 20 trees decorated and donated by local residents and businesses will line the driveway to the gazebo at Columbia Woods Park, 4070 Columbia Woods Drive. During the event, which starts at 6 p.m., local children will sing carols as they await Santa Claus’ arrival on a fire truck. Following the lighting, Christmas in the Park activities for Norton families organized by the Norton Women’s Club will take place at the Shirley L. McGuire Community Center, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive. Children will be able to visit with Santa, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 330-825-7815 or go to www.cityofnorton.org.

• Copley Circle Tree Lighting: The Dec. 2 event will begin at 6 p.m. at Copley Circle, located at the intersection of Copley and South Cleveland-Massillon roads. Local Girl Scouts will lead the audience in Christmas carols. Santa Claus is expected to arrive by fire engine and will meet with children. The circle will be decorated for the season by members of the Copley Fire and Rescue Association. For more information, call 330-666-6464.

• Children’s Tree Lighting at Akron Children’s Hospital, Downtown Akron: The Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital will sponsor the annual event, to be held Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Atrium Lobby at 1 Perkins Square. The Firestone High School Madrigals and the Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts Show Choir will provide entertainment. Ronald McDonald and members of the Doggie Brigade also will appear. Cookies and punch will be served. Lights to commemorate a person or event can be purchased for $10, $25, $50 or $100 by Nov. 30. Current or former hospital patients will be on hand to light the lights, according to organizers. For more information, call 330-239-2704 or go to www.akron childrens.org/childrenstree.

• Menorah Lighting, Fairlawn: Anshe Sfard Revere Road Synagogue, in conjunction with Temple Israel and the Shaw Jewish Community Center (JCC), once again will host this Chanukah event Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Summit Mall, 3265 W. Market St. This year, for the third year in a row, organizers are asking attendees to bring canned goods, which will be made into a can menorah. All items then will be donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, according to organizers. Canned goods may be dropped off at the Shaw JCC, 750 White Pond Drive in West Akron; Beth-El Congregation and The Lippman School, both located in the Shaw JCC; Temple Israel, 133 Merriman Road in West Akron; or Revere Road Synagogue, 646 N. Revere Road in Bath. The event is open to all. For more information, call 330-867-6798.

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