OLMSTED FALLS – Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Sun News readers.
We hope you enjoy the day of November 25 with family or friends and that you appreciate what we have here and the freedom on which our country was founded. As my mother often said, âCount your blessings. Thanksgiving Day is a good time to do this.
I read that the first Thanksgiving “festival” lasted for three days. As of today, that would include Saturday. A very fitting day.
Saturday, November 27 is Small Business Day. Being in a small community like Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, we should be grateful for their presence. They are a very important part of our community. Each has its own unique flavor and provides jobs and taxes that help support the community.
One of those small businesses is The Rift at Mill River Plaza. Jeremy Martin is the owner of the boutique which hosts 65 local artists.
Janice Stadin is one of these artists. She recently joined The Rift. Janice crochets plush characters, such as a large moose, polar bear, elf, penguin, and Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” which she displays in the store.
His mother taught him to crochet.
âShe made us kids’ slippers every year,â Janice said. âI took it seriously in 2014. I design my own designs when others use patterns. I am so happy to be here and be a part of this shop.
Here is a sample of a few vendors who sell their products at The Rift, which stands for Repurposed and Intended for Today.
Nancy Elhallak creates laser cut and hand painted guitars under her Graffiti Garage brand. She also exhibits a violin there. The instruments are fully functional.
Don Donaldson to Don Rocz. His creative rock paintings show off his perfect drawing of “rock” stars, comic book characters, TV characters, and pieces customized to your liking.
Michelle Root saw a line last year as she unloaded her delicious hot chocolate bombs in the store. You’ll find white chocolate, raspberry dark chocolate, peppermint, caramel apple cider and other ‘bombs’, as well as chocolate covered fruit, Twinkies, Oreos, Marshmallow Graham crackers and more. ‘other tasty treats.
Like other small businesses on Saturday (November 27), The Rift will be running a variety of specials. You’ll receive a 10 percent store-wide discount, free refreshments, samples of some of the vendor’s food items, and raffles.
Store owner Jeremy Martin said it was the biggest event of the year. He said that more than ever people need to support small businesses.
âIt’s been a year and a half of madness,â he said. âA lot of people have been out of work. Their art is their income or helps supplement their income. And you are buying American products, not those from China or items found in a big box store. “
Jeremy said there’s another reason people should buy from small businesses.
âYou are actually supporting the community – your community – by buying locally here,â he said. âWe encourage everyone to go out on Saturday and find great products here and at other local businesses. “
Olmsted Falls and the Township of Olmsted have many small local businesses. Did you know that Dawn Reese’s Dolls and Minis sell great fun and educational toys for kids? Millstone Mercantile offers amazing gifts, jewelry, and housewares made in the USA, some of which are made by owner Brett Lozjim.
We have beauty salons, yoga classes, barbers, restaurants and many more small businesses here. Why not do your vacation and regular shopping here – and support our community.
Tree lighting ceremonies: There are two special tree lighting ceremonies to choose from to welcome the holiday spirit.
The Township of Olmsted will begin lighting the Holiday Spirit Tree at 1 p.m. on November 28 with Santa Claus roaming the streets in a fire truck. A list and timetables of the streets he will use are available on the municipality’s website and Facebook page.
Everyone is invited to come to Town Hall at the corner of Fitch and Cook Road at 4:45 p.m. for tree lighting with Christmas carols, refreshments and a photo op with, yes, the big guy. Yes
You are also welcome to bring canned / non-perishable food for Christians in Action’s pantry and an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.
The Olmsted Falls tree lighting begins at 5 p.m. on December 5 at Village Green with Christmas carols, hot chocolate, cookies and a visit with Santa. Tree lighting is at 6 p.m.
Battle of the Christmas Lights: Get these string lights and reindeer lined up for the Bright Light Battle Holiday Decorating Contest.
The Olmsted Chamber of Commerce invites residents and businesses to decorate their homes or offices with holiday cheer during this friendly competition.
Like the Halloween contest, you’re up for a cash prize, a trophy, and bragging rights.
The deadline to register is December 1st. A list of all participating competitors will be released on December 4 so the community can travel around Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township to vote for their favorites.
The chamber is also looking for sponsorships to support this contest. The sponsorship deadline is December 3, but the earlier you register, the more visible your business will be to the whole community. Sponsorships range from $ 100 to $ 1,000.
To enter the contest or as a sponsor, go to olmstedchamber.org. The vote will take place from December 4 to 29.
Ugly race: OKAY. Now that I have your attention, here are the details of this fun race.
Olmsted has his Ugly Sweater Run 3 scheduled for December 12. And your running outfit will be an ugly sweater, if you like.
This fun event for families and dogs is a 1 mile run / walk. It starts at 9 a.m. at the Roasted Coffee Shop, a co-sponsor, heads east and turns around at Olmsted Falls Middle School, where people will return to Roasted.
Registration for adults is $ 15 and children 10 and under $ 5. Each registered participant will receive a raffle ticket and a ticket for a free small coffee or hot chocolate or $ 1 off a specialty drink at Roasted.
To register, go to https://bit.ly/3DAKHWd.
Holiday market: The CLE Market will have a West Side Irish-American Club holiday theme here in Olmsted Township.
The weekend dates are November 26-28; December 3-5; December 10-12 and December 17-19. Hours of operation are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The market supports small local businesses. You will find some very unusual items at these events.
The market will feature over 100 vendors and their products, entertainment, a Kids Sugar Plus store, raffles, and availability of food and refreshments. For more details, visit cle-market.com or consult its Facebook page.
Donation of coats: Everyone deserves a warm coat to protect themselves from the cold this winter. This is especially true for children waiting for the school bus, heading to a store, or playing in the snow.
Real estate agent Caprina Gates along with Howard Hanna is helping to heat up this effort. The community mom once again organizes the local coats for kids-Cleveland real estate sponsors. C&J Property Maintenance LLC of the Township of Olmsted is also joining again.
Yes, there are children in our school district / community who need coats, hats, scarves and gloves. She asks the community to donate these items to Falls-Lenox Elementary School. Donations will be picked up every Friday until December 5th. Help the kids stay warm this winter.
Also, if you need a coat or know of a family in need, contact Coats for Kids directly at [email protected] You can also call the school secretariat and your request will be made in private.
Another collection of coats is underway. A local Brownie troop is collecting coats for the One Warm Coat campaign until December 17th. The coats will be delivered to Catholic Charities of Cleveland. There is a box in the lobby of Falls-Lenox Elementary School for your donation.
Senior assistant: Lawyer Margaret Karl collects adult coloring supplies, blankets, packets of greeting cards that seniors can send to their families, and new or lightly used radios and DVD players that residents of the Riverview Pointe Care Center and of the Village of the Falls will receive.
Items for these gifts for the elderly can be dropped off at his law firm, 25800 N. Depot St., Olmsted Falls. This is the street just north of the tracks and behind the Olmsted Falls post office.
Thanks: I received a very cordial email from Lynne Hutchings. I would like to share it with you.
âI received the Community Yard Charge in Olmsted Falls yesterday (November 13) and I want to express my thanks to everyone involved.
âI’ve never taken this type of opportunity before, as I usually do all of my gardening work. I have a large garden, my many trees are more and more leafy, I am getting old and I have health problems. I was now forced to admit that I needed help. So I took advantage of this community project.
âI was very grateful for the help and they did a great job! They stayed here for about 1.5 hours. It saved me about 8 hours of work.
She asked me if I could share her gratitude to those who gave their time to collect the leaves in her yard and everyone who participated in this volunteer work. I am okay. Thanks everyone. You have been greatly appreciated.
Reminders: Those who ordered free Thanksgiving Day dinners must pick them up from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Olmsted Community Church on Main Street.
You can still sign up for the .5K Santa Claus Walk (yes, .5K – not 5K!) At the Fat Little Buddies parking lot on November 26 and enjoy a fun family event. Go to fightforalyssa.regfox.com/ffasantastroll to register and purchase raffle tickets.
Information, please: To include news, information, accolades or activities in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, contact Joanne DuMound at [email protected]. She’s also on Twitter, @JoanneDuMound. The online version of the column at cleveland.com/olmsted has direct links for many news.
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