Area retailers are gearing up for the big weekend with activities on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Centerville.
The Annual Holiday Sampler Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Partakers can sample holiday goodies and collect recipes as they travel from business to business enjoying the decorated holiday windows. The Chamber of Commerce on the southwest corner of the square is starting point to get the collector recipe cardholder and the list of participating businesses.
Recipes in the Sampler this year include Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes at Tangleberries, Veggie Bars at Dannco, Santa Hat Pretzels at Bonnie’s Needful Things and Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies at Cosby’s. There are many more goodies that will be available to sample at other stores with recipes provided.
"This is the eleventh year for the Holiday Sampler," stated Joyce Bieber, executive director of the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. "It has become a holiday tradition for many people in the area and we have shopper who come from out of town each year to visit our stores and participate in the fun.”
Santa Claus will be in his house on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. and again on Dec. 8, 15 and 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. Free trolley rides for kids will be held at this time.
First United Methodist Church will hold its 7th Annual Nativity Display and Christmas Tour of Homes on Friday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 2 to 7 p.m. View the inspirational display of navitities at the church and the beautifully decorated homes of Rick and Chris Fenton, Jeff and Laurie Roof and Neil and Diane MacArthur. Admission is $6. A free-will offering soup supper will be provided by the First United Methodist Church Missions will be held on Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Appanoose County Charities.
The annual Ecumenical Musicale will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.