Special Events & Festivals

Lending a hand

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Weicht (left) helps London Haddock try on a pair of sneakers during the 20th annual Shop with A Cop on Tuesday night, Dec. 17, at the Huntington Walmart. Looking on is Madison Cole. The event pairs needy youth with area law enforcement officers for a night of Christmas shopping with money donated by area businesses and individuals.

Several area churches announce special Christmas, NY services

Several area churches have set special Christmas and New Year’s service dates and times, all open to the community. They are:

Christ the King Episcopal Church
1224 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. – Christmas Eve Holy Communion service.
Dec. 25, at 9 a.m. – Christmas Day service with Holy Communion.
Dec. 29, at 9 a.m. – Christmas lesson and carols.

College Park Church
1936 College Ave., Huntington.

‘… and I want …’

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Sophia Schultz, 3, of Huntington, is excited as she chats with Santa Claus at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 14. Children sang songs with Santa and lined up for a personal visit. Sophia is the daughter of Karen Schultz.

Community Christmas dinner

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Volunteer Robin Ness adds a dollop of mashed potatoes and gravy to the plate of her father, Phillip Hamilton, of Huntington, at the Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church Community Christmas Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 14. This was the ninth year the church held the dinner, which included, turkey, ham, sides and dessert.

Let's see, Santa

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Oliver Sellers, 4, of Markle, tells Santa what he wants for Christmas during Santa's visit to the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 14. The youth is the son of evan and Morrey Sellers.

Festival of Wreaths

Photo by Steve Clark.

Nickie Little (left) and Laura Summers look over one of the entries at the Festival of Wreaths at Heritage Pointe of Warren on Friday afternoon, Dec. 13.

Meeting Santa at the Forks

Photo by Steve Clark.

Diem Rosemeyer poses for a picture with Santa Claus at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, in Huntington, on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Historic Forks gave children the opportunity to meet Santa, plus have breakfast and see a lineup of decorated Christmas trees.

High-five for Santa

Photo by Steve Clark.

Lawson Lemon, held by caregiver Shellie Brown, gives a high-five to Santa Claus on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. Santa met a number of children during his appearance at the YMCA, which furnished cookies for children to snack on after telling Kris Kringle their Christmas wishes.

More Christmas crafts

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Mike Bennett (left) and Kaesen Holley discuss how to improve upon this Christmas reindeer at the Salamonie Interpretive Center on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 6

Becoming a grinch

Photo by Steve Clark.

Dana Spahr (left) paints Justin Newnum to look the the Grinch on Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Scout Cabin at the Markle Fish and Game Club Park as part of the Christmas In Our Town celebration.

Christmas crafts

Photo by Steve Clark.

Adeline Newnum works on a craft project in the Scout Cabin at the Markle Fish and Game Club Park on Saturday, Dec. 6, as part of the Christmas in Our Town in Markle.

Hot dog handoff

Photo by Steve Clark.

Roanoke Lions Club member Gale Rust (middle) hands a hot dog to Brielle Parrett in the Roanoke Community Building during the Christmas in the Village event on Friday evening, Dec. 6.

Reindeer game

Photo by Steve Clark.

Benjamin Owens (lef) poses with a reindeer held by Jurgin Cripe, of Animal-Grams, outside of the Roanoke Community Building as part of Christmas in the Village on Friday evening, Dec. 8.

Decorating contest at courthouse

Photo by Steve Clark.

Aliyah Tolley (left), of the Pakrview Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County, and Morgan Miller, of First Federal Savings Bank, help judge entries for the Huntington County Courthouse Christmas decorating contest on Friday afternoon, Dec. 6.


Markle’s annual Christmas in Our Town returns this weekend, Dec. 6-7

An excited Elias Adkins tells Santa Claus what he wants for Christmas last year at the Markle Fire Station during Markle’s annual Christmas celebration, Christmas in Our Town. This year’s event happens Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7.
TAB file photo.

Markle’s annual Christmas celebration, Christmas In Our Town, returns with two days of activities on Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7.

On Friday, Veterans Park in downtown Markle will be a hub of activity. Carriage rides by Sentimental Journeys will be offered at the park from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Spectators will be able to check out a live nativity, on display from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Anyone with a sweet tooth will want to check out a candy cane café at the park, open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.