Santa to stop by Sunbury Square

Sunbury & Surroundings Schedules

Compiled by Gary Budzak -


Saturday, December 1 — Friday, December 7

Breakfast with Santa at Sunbury United Methodist Church!

Each family will receive a complimentary photo with Santa, a Christmas gift and breakfast. Saturday, 12/1/18, 9 – 11 a.m., 100 West Cherry St., Sunbury, OH 43074. For details, visit:

Holiday open house

The Delaware County Historical Society will once again host a holiday open house the first weekend of December. The Nash House Museum will have extended open hours from 2 – 5 p.m. Sat. Dec. 1 and from 2 – 5:30 p.m. Sun. Dec. 2. Docents will be in each room of the house to answer questions. Curator Maggie Webb has used quilts in the decorating scheme this year, and Pete White and Sue Heston will provide piano music in the library. Refreshments will be offered in the adjacent Cryder Research Library building. This event is free and open to the public.

The decorations will remain up until early January and can be viewed during regular museum open hours which are every Sunday afternoon from 2 – 5 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to noon and 1 – 5 p.m. The Nash House Museum is located at 157 E. William St. in Delaware. For more information, email or call 740-369-3831, extension 3.

Preservation Parks briefs

• Saturday December 1-30, Yesterday’s Toys Display. See a variety of vintage toys and learn their interesting history during this month-long interactive exhibit. The exhibit will be open during regular farm hours, Thursday-Sunday noon-5 p.m., and is open to all ages. Gallant Farm, 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road.

• Saturday, December 1, 3-7 p.m. Winter Evening on the Farm. Join us for old-fashioned winter fun at Gallant Farm! Participate in seasonal activities that farm families enjoyed in years past like live music, roasting chestnuts, sipping hot wassail and sampling homemade cookies! Drop in early and stay throughout the evening. Free, all ages. Gallant Farm, 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road.

• Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m. Taking Rocks for Granite. Experiment with different kinds of rocks, and find out if rocks really do last forever. Visitors will learn where to find Ohio rocks, how they got there and how they affect the landscape. Then we’ll go for a short walk to look at the rocks of Shale Hollow Park. Free, ages 5+. Shale Hollow Park, 6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center.

• Friday, December 7, 6:30 p.m. Owl Prowl. Owls are designed perfectly for the night, but what makes them so unique? Join a naturalist on this night as we call for owls and learn how they survive in the darkness. Gallant Woods Park, 2151 Buttermilk Hill Road.

• Monday, December 10, 6:30-8 p.m. Delaware County Bird Club: Christmas Bird Count Preview. Anyone interested in birds is welcome to attend this Delaware County Bird Club meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m. the speaker will discuss the Christmas Bird Count, which will be held December 16, and share techniques to help with counting birds. Deer Haven Park, 4153 Liberty Road, Delaware.

Christmas on the Square!

Tis’ the time of year to bring good cheer! Opportunities to sponsor this well-attended event — great exposure for your business or organization! Square businesses will be open, parade, activities in the town hall, lots of fun for the entire family! Saturday, 12/1/18, 4-8 p.m. on and around Sunbury Square. Visit link below for an itinerary of the evening’s festivities & to register for parade, as a vendor, sponsor or donut-eating contestant!

Tree Lighting in Village Green

The City of Powell is hosting the annual Holidays in Powell event from 2-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 in the Municipal Building Council Chambers & East Room, 47 Hall Street. Admission to the event is free and includes crafts, story time with the Delaware County District Library, a special animal visitor from the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium (2:30-3:30 p.m.) and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Guests must in line by 5 p.m. to visit with Santa Claus. Join Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Mayor Brian Lorenz at 6 p.m. in Village Green Park as they illuminate the City’s Christmas Tree. Activities: Ornaments – Powell Kiwanis Club; Complimentary Hot Chocolate & Coffee – Olentangy Rotary Club; Story time with the Powell Library – Delaware County District Library; Special Animal Visitor – Columbus Zoo & Aquarium; Craft – Living Hope Church; Letters to Santa Claus – Powell Parks & Recreation; Caroling & Music – Village Academy. Parking at City of Powell Municipal Building Lot (47 Hall Street) or Downtown Powell Public Parking Spaces. Thank you to our community partners Mount Carmel Health, Technicare, Comfort Xpress LLC, Recreations Outlet, Goldfish Swim School, Auto Assets, KEMBA Financial Credit Union, Giant Eagle and Amber Elizabeth Photography for making this event possible.

Pearl Harbor Day event

The Delaware County Veterans Association (DCVA) Honor Guard has selected Sunday December 2, 2018 to honor those who lost their lives in the bombing of Pearl Harbor 77 years ago.

Early Sunday morning December 7, 1941 Japanese Navy pilots launched a surprise attack on the United States Navy’s base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii destroying four battleships and damaging several others, as well as destroying many other smaller vessels. In addition almost 200 aircraft were destroyed and many others damaged.

Over 2400 United States Servicemen were killed and over 1200 were wounded. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan and this marked the involvement of the United States in World War ll.

Historically each year the Veterans of Delaware County have held a brief ceremony on or near December 7 to honor their fellow servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country and our way of life.

The Winter Street Bridge in Delaware will be the site of this year’s event. In order to accommodate more people the ceremony will again take place at 12:45 PM. At 12:55 PM local W.W. ll Navy Veteran, Ross Carlson will help launch a wreath into the Olentangy River, followed by an M1 Garand Rifle Salute and the sounding of Taps. The time is selected to coincide with the exact time of the day at Pearl Harbor of the beginning of the attack in Hawaii [7:55 AM].

Commander of the Delaware County Veterans Association, Gene Fuller stated that due to expected cold weather and the age of many of the Veterans who attend, the ceremony will last no longer than 15 minutes. The DCVA is hopeful for a good turnout to honor the survivors and their families, and pay their respect to those who were lost.

Galena Holiday Events

Local businesses, Journey Fellowship, and the Village of Galena invite you to join them December 2, 6-8 p.m., for an old fashioned Christmas celebration. The event starts at 6 p.m. at Journey Fellowship, 70 N. Walnut St. Drop off a dozen cookies to share and enjoy a wide variety of cookies with hot chocolate. The Galena Historic Foundation will give away coffee cups filled with goodies. Children can tell Santa what’s on their lists and enjoy crafts and games. They can also dress up and participate in the Instant Nativity scene. Be sure to bring your cameras. All events take place in the auditorium.

At 7 p.m. on the square, you can enjoy traditional stories, carols, and the tree lighting. The Village will distribute its annual holiday ornaments while supplies last.

Local businesses around the village square invite you to their open houses. Drop off unwrapped toys at HER Realtors Murphy & Associates for the 6th annual toy drive in conjunction with the USO showing support for children of military families.

PERI Chapter #36

Pubic Employees Retirees Inc.’s Delaware County Chapter will meet at 1:30 p.m., Monday, December 3rd, at SourcePoint, 800 Cheshire Rd. The speaker will be Steve Gorman, Enrichment Center Director, at SourcePoint. He will discuss services that are available at the center. For more information, call Bill Friend at 740-369-2802.

Saturday, December 8 — Friday, December 14

Symphony’s Holiday concerts

The Central Ohio Symphony will present its annual holiday concerts on Sunday, December 9, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the festively decorated Gray Chapel on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan. The orchestra under the direction of Music Director Jaime Morales-Matos will perform two identical concerts of seasonal music.

Vocalist Kristen Basore, a Powell native, will be the featured performer. Basore has previously sung with the orchestra at the last two Benefit in the Barn concerts as well as hosted the Symphony’s Link Up educational concerts. This will be her first appearance at a subscription concert. One of the pieces Basore will sing is the world premiere of “Welcome Home,” by Westerville composer Ken McCaw. Basore will be joined in that work by dancers from Buckeye Gymnastics directed by Kim McCaw, also of Westerville and married to the composer.

As part of the Symphony’s 40th anniversary, a fanfare will be performed at each concert, and for the Holiday concerts, it has been composed by Juvenile and Probate Judge David Hejmanowski! Additional works include Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” “Feliz Navidad,” excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” The Boston Pops “Christmas Festival” and other holiday works. As is the custom of Conductor Morales-Matos, the concert will end with “Radetzky March by Johann Strauss.

Tickets for the concert are available at the Symphony Source office at 24 E. Winter Street in downtown Delaware. Prices are $25, adults; $20, seniors; $6, students of any age; and $4, children, six and under. Tickets may also be ordered online at or by calling the Symphony at 740-362-1799.

Sounds of the Season

The Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University presents its annual holiday favorite: The Sounds of the Season concert. The performance takes place on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 5 p.m. at the Fritsche Theater in Cowan Hall at Otterbein University.

The program includes a Christmas Sing-a-Long, the annual favorite of Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and the beautiful Prelude from Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel. The orchestra will also play Irving Berlin’s iconic White Christmas, Mel Torme’s The Christmas Song and a gorgeous setting of Franz Gruber’s Silent Night. Favorite annual movies and shows are featured in the selections of Christmas on Broadway, A Charlie Brown Christmas and the Concert Suite from the Polar Express. In addition is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s rendition of the Nutcracker in their Mad Russian’s Christmas.

Since the concert is at 5 pm, patrons can walk and enjoy a holiday dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants in beautiful Uptown Westerville before or after the performance. Tickets are available on-line at westervillesymphony,org and can also be purchased at the door.

Migratory art

Oct. 18-Dec. 13 – “Culinary Roots/Migratory Routes,” using art related to food production and consumption to present narratives of nation, migration, and labor, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The artworks showcase food as a force that creates, dissolves, and reforms communities as immigrants both preserve and lose the taste of home. Presented as part of the 2018-2019 Sagan National Colloquium*, the exhibit is curated by Nancy Comorau, Ph.D., associate professor of English, and student curatorial-assistant Anna Davies, a senior from St. Clairsville, Ohio. The exhibit includes pieces from the Ross’s permanent collection and loans from artists, The Ohio State University Libraries, Columbus Museum of Art, and Pizzuti Galleries. On Oct. 25, the public is invited to a curator-led tour at 4 p.m. and reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. During the academic year, the Ross is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit for more information.

Double Take photos

Oct. 18-Dec. 13 – “Double Take: Ambiguity in the Photograph,” featuring images in which the expectation of a photograph’s accuracy conflicts with its ambiguity, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Photographs became a ubiquitous form of documentation because they created accurate and detailed reproductions of life. However, the detail of these images frequently belies their ability to fully explain a situation, an experience, or a story. The exhibit is curated by Jeff Nilan, professor of photography. On Oct. 25, the public is invited to a curator-led tour at 4 p.m. and reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. During the academic year, the Ross is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit for more information.

Saturday, December 15 — Friday, December 21

Stateless at OWU

Through Dec. 15 – “Stateless,” featuring works by documentary photographer Tariq Tarey, in Gallery 2001 inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. A stateless person, under national law, does not enjoy citizenship in any country. In his work, Tarey seeks to capture the “self-defined truth that was worth the sacrifice of leaving their home countries.” Learn more at “Stateless” is presented as part of the 2018-2019 Sagan National Colloquium*. Gallery 2001’s hours coincide with Beeghly Library hours, available online at Admission is free. Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Ross Art Museum and satellite galleries at

Breakfast with Santa at NorthStar Golf Club!

Join us for our annual Breakfast with Santa December 16, 2018. Seating times are available from 9:00 am until noon. Reservations are required. Adults: $17.95/Adult Members: $15.95 Children ages 4-12: $9.95 Children 3 and under: Free

Breakfast Buffet Menu: Assorted Pastries, Muffins and Donuts; Fresh Fruit; Breakfast Potatoes; Bacon and Sausage Links; Sausage Gravy and Biscuits; Vegetable and Cheese Frittatas; Macaroni and Cheese; Chicken Tenders; Made-to-Order Omelet Station; Shrimp Cocktail; Carved Pineapple-Glazed Ham; Assortment of NorthStar’s Finest Desserts; Coffee, Iced Tea and Lemonade included. Call: 740-965-3663

Pre-holiday meeting

The Village of Galena Zoning and Planning Commission’s next meeting is 7 p.m. Dec. 19, at the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison Street, Galena.

Saturday, December 22 — Friday, December 28

Genoa trash collection

Remaining 2018 Holidays impacting collection schedule, Christmas Day: Collection delayed until Saturday, December 29. Due to the holiday, recycling and trash should be set out for collection on Friday evening for collection on Saturday beginning at 7 a.m. Replacement of lost or damaged red recycling bins is no longer available for pick up at the Township Administrative Office. Instead, call the Maintenance Department at 614-568-2080 to request a new container.

Saturday, December 29 — Friday, January 4, 2019

Community euchre game

Last Saturday of each month at Condit Presbyterian Church, 15102 Hartford Road, Sunbury. Beginners are welcome.

Holiday Coat Drive

Sunbury Cleaners will again be sponsoring the Holiday Coat Drive running through the New Year. Drop coats during business hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 23 West Granville St., Sunbury. Visit:

Weekly community lunch

St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Sunbury invites all those in the community to join attend a weekly community lunch every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in the lower level of the Parish Office, Rooms 4 & 5. This is a time for fellowship, to get to know neighbors, and to enjoy a delicious lunch. There is no charge – all are welcome. St. John Neumann is located at 9633 E. State Route 37 in Sunbury. Please contact the Parish Office with any questions, 740-965-1358.
Sunbury & Surroundings Schedules

Compiled by Gary Budzak

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