The second annual Riley Creek Christmas Tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, including four stops along the Riley Creek near Pandora. The first stop is the Bridenbaugh One-Room Schoolhouse located at 14022 Road 6. This building is on the National Register of Historic Places and will be decorated for a 19th century Christmas. There will be refreshments and musical entertainment. The next stop is the McCullough Log Cabin at 14503 Road 6, owned by Tom and Jane McCullough of Pandora. This 2½-story log home was originally built in 1860 and is furnished primarily with 19th century furniture from Putnam County. Tom’s blacksmith/gun shop and recently reconstructed single pen log barn will also be open. Red Fox Cabin is a 1½-story log cabin built in 1853 by German immigrants and moved from West Virginia in 1995. Stop in, sit by a cozy fire and enjoy other refreshments. The cabin will be decorated with natural materials from The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm on which the cabin is located, 1/8 mile north of 14321 Road 7L. Since 1850 when it was built by pioneers, Riley Creek United Methodist Church has provided an uplifting, peaceful place for worship. The church is located northwest of Pandora at the intersection of county roads M and 7L, across from Putman Aggregates. There is no charge for this tour. Contact Peggy Bridenbaugh at 419-363-0075 for more information.
The Bluffton/Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society Christmas Open House, “Christmas at the Homestead,” will be held from 1-6 p.m. Saturday at the Schumacher Homestead. The public is invited to tour the decorated 1843 house while snacking on homemade treats and listening to songs of the season. Guests can watch food being prepared in the fireplace, hand dip a candle, play a game of checkers, string popcorn, shop in the gift shop and chat with staff about the history of the house and typical life in the 1840s. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. The Schumacher Homestead is located at 8350 Bixel Road, Bluffton.
The Hardin County Historical Museum will present a Vintage Christmas through Dec. 30. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 and 18. The museum is located at 223 N. Main St., Kenton. Christmas at the farm museum will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. Dec. 10. The event will feature sleigh rides, the Black Swamp Buggy Club and a visit from Santa. Admission is free. The museum is located on Fairground Road, Kenton.
Rawson Proud will host its second annual Christmas in the Park on Saturday. Santa will arrive on the firetruck at 3 p.m. and will pass out gifts to young residents through 5 p.m. There will also be cookies, popcorn, hot dogs and hot chocolate available, along with a bonfire.
The 16th annual Voices In Perfection (VIP)/Findlay First Edition (FFE) Spaghetti Dinner and Holiday Show fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10, at Findlay High School. VIP and FFE will give two performances in the R.L. Heminger Auditorium, with a 4 p.m. matinee and an evening performance at 7:30. The spaghetti dinner, catered by Olive Garden, will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tickets are $15 ($12 for seniors and students) for dinner and one performance. Performance-only admission tickets are $9. Tickets may be purchased in advance from a VIP or FFE member, 50 North, Trends on Main or at the door prior to the performance. A limited number of tickets for the spaghetti dinner will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. FFE is Findlay High’s award-winning show choir and will perform three of the group’s competition numbers: “Our Fairytale,” “Me and My Baby/Not Your Little Princess,” and “The Dreamer.” FFE will also perform holiday selections like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Carol of the Bells,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Man with the Bag” and “The Light Come Down.” VIP is the Findlay High freshman show choir. VIP will perform the following selections: “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “No Biz Like Snow Biz,” “Swingin’ at Santa’s Place” and “Run, Rudy, Run!” The two groups will take the stage together in “Sleigh Ride,” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” For more information, contact the FHS Vocal Music Office at 419-425-8282.
Siberian Solstice, a musical group from northwest Ohio, will present a concert of traditional Christmas music and other classical pieces Dec. 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 935 W. Bigelow Ave. The 7 p.m. concert will be preceded by a soup and sandwich supper from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the church’s Community Life Center. The concert and supper are free and open to the public. A freewill offering to benefit the band will be collected during the concert and a freewill offering to benefit the Trinity Youth Group will be collected during the dinner.
The Hancock County Children’s Choir will present two holiday performances featuring classic Christmas songs. The choir will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Kiwanis Club’s Santa’s Village at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 120 W. Sandusky St., along with the Findlay First Edition. The groups will collect donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste for the Christian Clearing House. The choir will also perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at 50 North, 339 E. Melrose Ave., with the Glenwood Middle School Northern Lights. The event benefits Toys for Tots. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy.