The city hopes to ring in the holiday spirit with Fostoria’s annual Christmas celebration this weekend. The 2016 Holiday Open House, “Christmas in Fosterville,” will take place throughout Saturday, beginning with an 11 a.m. showing of the Dr. Seuss film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at Kaubisch Memorial Public Library. The holiday celebration will conclude at about 10 p.m. after the Fostoria Rail Preservation Society’s 7 p.m. wine and cheese tasting event at the LE&W Depot. The Fostoria Rotary Club Christmas Parade will begin at 1:30 p.m., and will be filled with floats, emergency vehicles, local bands and community members. The parade lineup will begin forming at 12:45 p.m. at the corner of Main, Perry and Sandusky streets, next to Marco’s Pizza. Immediately after the parade, Fostoria’s 2016 Snow Queen Joni Pinskey will join Santa Claus at the Fostoria Municipal Building for the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. New this year is a window decorating contest, which will be open to all businesses downtown. Voting starts today and will continue until 4 p.m. Saturday. As of Tuesday, Robert Jimison, downtown development/tourism director, said there are already roughly 20 businesses participating in the contest with some establishments already starting to adorn their storefronts. Brochures containing information about the window decorating contest will be available Monday at the mayor’s office, as well as at the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce headquarters, 121 N. Main St. Children will have an opportunity to take a ride on a Romick Railway mini-train from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The conductor will take the train from its pickup location on North Street near the Depot, down along Main Street. Santa Claus will be at the Christmas Wonderland inside the Depot to listen to verbal Christmas lists. Santa will take his seat inside the Depot from roughly 2:30 until about 7 p.m. The Geary Family YMCA will also be hosting a craft event for area children inside the Y Annex, complete with popcorn and hot chocolate. The Depot Wine & Cheese Tasting will take place from 7-10 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at the Depot, 128 W. North St. Five wine samples and hors d’oeuvres will be offered both days to accommodate limited seating. Tickets to the event are $20 each or $35 for two tickets, and they are available at the mayor’s office, the chamber office, or by contacting Teresa Lee at 419-435-8023 or Pete DiCesare at 419-348-5686. All proceeds will benefit programs offered by the Fostoria Rail Preservation Society. Leonard Skonecki will bring Gov. Charles Foster to life as he and the rest of the Fostoria Area Historical Society will host several screenings of “The History of Fostoria, Vol. 5: Fostoria Grows Up” — which follows Fostoria from the 1930s through the 1950s. The latest installment in the documentary series will be shown at 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at 119 N. Main St.
A Christmas open house will be held from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Presbyterian Mountain Strings. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa. The event marks the opening of the Friends of the Putnam County District Library’s 25th Christmas Tree Festival, running through Jan. 5.
The Hancock Historical Museum will host its annual Christmas open house this weekend. Hours are 5-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The museum is located at 422 W. Sandusky St. Visitors will experience the sights, tastes and sounds of the season during a guided tour of the historic Hull House, which has been decorated as it would have been for an 1880s Christmas. There will be seasonal goodies cooked over the open hearth of the Crawford Log House to sample, along with live musical entertainment, storytelling, Christmas crafts and games for kids. A visit by Father Christmas is also expected. The museum gift shop will also be open. Sale items include antique Findlay Glass, Findlay gift baskets and local history books. Purchases will be wrapped. The cost to attend is $1 per person. Call the museum at 419-423-4433 or visit www.hancockhistoricalmuseum.org for more information.
Findlay’s own national recording artists, Sojourner Quartet, presents “A Quartet Christmas” with special guest pianist, Susan Kayser. The Quartet includes Isaac Steinhour (tenor and Findlay High School graduate), Mark May (lifelong Findlay native, baritone and member since 1992), Larry Counterman (bass and Indiana resident), and Jeff McGlade (lead vocals and Findlay resident since 1984).
The Blanchard River Archaeology Club will meet from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Endly Room, Alumni Memorial Union, at the University of Findlay. Archaeologist Glen Boatman will present “What is the Extent of Hopewell in North Central Ohio?” The artifact profile will be Hopewell bladelets and cores, specially prepared flint blocks from which sharp blades were removed to serve as knives. The public is invited to attend the meeting and may bring items for identification. Call Rick Carles at 419-299-3693 for more information.
Sojourner Quartet of Findlay will perform a Christmas concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at Gilboa United Methodist Church, 102 Franklin St., Gilboa. A festive dinner will be served beginning at 5 p.m. The concert and dinner are by donation and are open to the public.