Galion lights up with holiday fun
By Matt Echelberry
On Saturday, Dec. 1, Galion kicked off the holiday season with its fourth annual Come Home to Galion event. Residents and friends from surrounding communities flocked to the Uptowne District for all kinds of fun activities and entertainment. Beginning at 1 p.m. and lasting into the evening, there was a plethora of family friendly fodder.
The first day of December turned out to be warm and sunny, which was ideal for listening to live music on the Public Square. There were performances by the Galion Alumni Band, Galion High School’s Showtunes, Good Company (a barbershop quartet) and Kim Lovely. Food and hot drinks were served in the courtyard and Santa Claus was at his house to greet the endless line of children who wanted to visit him. His next visitation hours are Dec. 7 from 5–8 p.m.
Those who “came home” could take self-guided tours at Brownella Cottage, which was decorated throughout with wreaths, ribbons and other festive attire. At the same time, Galion Public Library had an open house, which offered art, punch and brownies, and crafts for the kids. Visitors could also do a scavenger hunt and listen to Christmas stories.
Nineteen houses were entered into the library’s Gingerbread House contest. The winners were: Abigail and Esther Mendell — first, Lehmann family — second (group category); Elizabeth Keller — first, Alyssa Sallee — second (10 and over category); Emma Jutz — first, Brooklyn Gates — second (9 and under category); and Best in Show was awarded to Greta and Van Winterseller.
Outside, people could also check out ice sculpting from the Columbus-based professionals Rock on Ice. Sculptors worked on a reindeer during the event that afternoon, but several other finished pieces were on display.
Winners for the window painting contest were also announced during Come Home to Galion. Earlier that week, Galion students decorated the front windows of Uptowne businesses and people could cast their vote for a favorite. After more than 800 votes, the Cracked Pot won, painted by Danielle Saunders and Sandra Davis.
When the parade began at 4:30, a sizable crowd gathered in the square and on the sidewalks for several blocks to get a look. Of course, the event would not be complete without the traditional tree lighting ceremony. 2012 summer Olympic athelete Nate Reinking, ‘92, lighted the tree with the help of the Galion Primary School coloring contest winners.