Published: Sunday, November 12, 2006
In Salem, activities for families abound
This will be the third year for First Night Salem 2007 on New Year's Eve.
SALEM Here come the holidays, and the city will be awash in family activities.
The Santa parade and other activities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Salem.
About 40 units are registered for the parade that will start at Salem High School, go south on North Lincoln Avenue to East State Street, go west on through the downtown business district and then turn north onto Ellsworth Avenue and disband.
Local businesses will have their Christmas Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The theme of this year's open house is "Christmas through the Eyes of a Child." Art students will paint Christmas murals that will be hung in several of the windows of downtown businesses.
Activities include free horse-drawn carriage rides from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The YWCA will have a "Visit with Santa" from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day at its new location in the Kent State Salem City Center Building, the former junior high, on North Lincoln Avenue. The YWCA, Kent State, and the Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing will have open houses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the center.
The Quakertown Trolley will run to five stops, including South Broadway in Salem, the City Center, the Salem Community Center for its Holiday Bazaar Extraordinaire from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday; to the Salem Plaza for the opening of Peebles Department Store, and the Timberlanes, where the Salem Quota Club will have its Holiday Festival of Crafts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The American Red Cross North Columbiana County Chapter will have its fifth annual Holiday of Hope Auction at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Temple. Doors will open at 9 a.m. to preview items.
First Night Salem 2007, the community New Year's Eve celebration, will return for the third year. The alcohol-free, family-oriented event will present a variety of music at venues throughout the city.
Fine arts will be presented by the Salem High School art department. An artistic children's activity venue will be presented by the Larwen Council for the Arts.
Performers at different venues include The Stage Left Players, Christopher and Company, and Vane Scott reprising his "Many Faces of Old Glory" presentation on the American flag during Salem's Bicentennial. The Cleveland Indians band will also perform.
The cost of an admission button is $10 dollars for all adults. Children 10 and under get in free when accompanied by a badge-bearing adult.
Tax deductible donations made be made to Salem Renaissance Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization, at P.O. Box 444, Salem, with "First Night Salem" on the memo line.
For more information, or to volunteer, call FNS 2007 coordinator, David K. Schwartz at (330) 337-6829.