For the record, let me put any doubts to rest, the City did not ask the Portage County Engineer to close down the Middlebury Road bridge in December to keep more shoppers in Kent. While the idea may have some merit I can assure you that closing bridges is not part of the City’s economic development strategy to get people to buy local. Now if that’s an unintended consequence who are we to complain. But seriously there’s a lot to keep you in downtown Kent through the holiday season so don’t worry about going to the mall. I’ve gone ahead and listed the events that I know about and if you know of others let me know.
Festival of Lights THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Come to downtown Kent on Saturday, December 6, 2008, for all of the activities related to the Kent Festival of Lights.
The Festival of Lights begins at 5:30 PM, with the Theodore Roosevelt Aces Chorus providing seasonal musical entertainment in the Home Savings Plaza. That jolly old elf, Santa, will arrive by train at 6:00 PM, and then stay to find out what all the good girls and boys want for the Holidays. Bring your camera to get pictures with Santa. There will be a Letters to Santa Workshop for the kids, and doughnuts and hot chocolate.
Shop, Shop, Shop…Many businesses and galleries will have extended evening hours, and special activities, making this year’s Festival of Lights an event you won’t want to miss.
Haymaker Farmer’s Market
Earlier in the day, the Haymaker Farmer’s Market will move indoors at 11 South River Street from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, (across from the Library), for the first of two Holiday Markets. There will be live music, and over 25 vendors selling baked goods, fall and winter produce, jams & jellies, cheeses, fresh and dried herbs, handmade pastas and meat pies, maple syrup, handmade gift items and much, much more. The Market will return again on December 13th.
Kent Natural Food Coop
Also that day, the Kent Natural Food Cooperative is having a Holiday Open House and Taste Fair. The Open House begins at 10:00 AM, with many specials and discounts, and the Taste Fair begins at 5:00 PM.
Standing Rock Gallery Pie Festival and Art Sale
WHO: Standing Rock Cultural Arts
WHAT: 11th Annual Pie Festival and Art Sale Fundraiser
-Variety of Pies and baked Goods for Sale
-Local Art Sale
-Group Jewelry Exhibit
Proceeds provide exciting cultural activities for our area in 2009, including:
-New World Children’s Theatre
-6th Annual Standing Rock International Short Film Festival
-D.I.C.E “Make Mine with Ice” Ice Carving Exhibition
-Battle of Standing Rock IV music competition
-3rd Annual “Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival
-Monthly Open Poetry with Maj Ragain
-Monthly Art Exhibitions and a whole lot more.
WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 2008 10am to 8pm
WHERE: North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water St., Kent, OH
CONTACT: Jeff @ 330-673-4970 for info, to donate or order a pie. www.standingrock.net for updates
ANYBODY HUNGRY FOR DESERT? It’s Pie Time at the gallery! Come on down for a slice, or buy a whole pie. We’ve got apple, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, peach, organic, vegan pies. We’ve got pies of all sorts to please your palette, pies that don’t even have a name yet. There will be other donated baked goods for sale. And we have some fine art by local artists as well.
Proceeds benefit the Art & Education Programs of Standing Rock Cultural Arts.
Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a non profit 501(c)(3) art and education organization based in downtown Kent, Ohio. Donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.
Checks payable to:
257 N. Water St.
Kent, OH 44240