On Saturday evening, December 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Village of Ashley will be aglow with hundreds and hundreds of luminaries as residents and visitors celebrate Christmas and Ashley.
As animals and costume actors enact a live outdoor nativity, Christmas music will fill the air at the Ashley Wesleyan Church, the United Methodist Church and the White Lily Chapel. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet youngsters in the West room of the United Methodist Church while Girl Scouts and visitors sing Christmas carols in the sanctuary.
The American Legion Hall will be holding a fish fry starting at 5 pm. In addition to the fish fry the Legion Hall be offering cookies, hot wassail, hot chocolate, coffee and tea as well as children’s crafts. The Ashley branch of the Delaware County Bank will welcome children for ornament decorating.
A new activity is planed this year. A scavenger hunt which begins and ends at Sargent enterprises Inc. at 101 East High Street . The scavenger hunt will take you on a tour throughout the beautifully illuminated village. This building is also the home of a large mosaic mural designed and created by Buckeye Valley East students. The mural depicts the history of the village and is definitely a sight to see.
At the conclusion of the scavenger hunt folks will gather in hopes of winning certificates for free pizza another prizes. Members of the Alum Creek friends church will be on hand assisting and directing folks on the scavenger hunt. Sargent Enterprises Inc, along with many other donors, have made all these activities possible.
While strolling through out the village don’t forget to stop in front of the Wornstaff Library, this is the donation site of the Christmas in Ashley Toy Drive. This year’s Toy Drive will benefit Family Promise of Delaware. This organization’s mission is to help homeless and low income families achieve independence.
Ashley’s town crier otherwise known as Scott Shoemaker will be roaming through the village, answering any questions and directing visitors. Refreshments will be available throughout the village and with the exception of the fish fry, all activities are free of charge. Christmas in Ashley is family friendly and a fun way to get acquainted with old friends, make new ones and welcome in the Christmas season.
Submitted by Elaine McFarland.