Volunteers and guests enjoy Roscoe events

| December 3, 2018

Charlee Franta shows off the craft she made at the Roscoe Village Visitor Center. Franta and her grandmother were enjoying some of the activities offered on candlelighting Saturdays at the village. Josie Sellers | Beacon

COSHOCTON – A little bit of rain on Dec. 1 didn’t keep Charlee Franta and her grandmother from enjoying activities at the Christmas Candlelighting Celebration in Historic Roscoe Village.

“I try to keep her busy and we love Roscoe,” said Beth Williams, Franta’s grandmother. “I took her to the museum too since she’d never been there before.”

Several craft stations were set up in Roscoe’s visitor center. Three-year-old Franta enjoyed making a Christmas tree ornament and at the other table 6-year-old Myles Clark was busy painting a top.

Down the road, near the main stage, volunteers made sure guests to the village had warm drinks and yummy snacks to enjoy before the candlelighting.

Adults and children involved with First Step’s mentoring program served up hot apple cider and cookies for a donation.

“They are letting us keep the donations, which is very kind of them,” said Odessa Gonter, who works for First Step. “We wanted to do this to share with people what we are all about and the kids wanted to help too.”

Scout Troop 403 offered up hot chocolate, coffee, donuts and roasted chestnuts.

“We do this every year,” said Scout Master Eric Udischas. “It’s important for them (the scouts) to learn about community service and experience things that happen in the community that aren’t school or scout related.”

The highlight of the event took place at 6 p.m. Even though it was still slightly raining a crowd gathered to hear the Christmas story read by Gene Warman, enjoy music by River View Certified Gold and spread the light of Christmas that started with honorary candle lighter 2018 Canal Queen Sophie Meiser.

“Thank you to all of you who came out to stand out in the rain and still enjoy this event with us,” said Mary Ellen Given, executive director of the Roscoe Village Foundation.

The final candlelighting of the season will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. However, throughout the day there are Christmas themed tours of the village at 12:30, 1:30 and 3 p.m., a lamp-lit tour at 7 p.m. crafts in the visitor center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., horse-drawn carriage rides from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., and visits with Santa and his elf. On Dec. 8 there also will be activities from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at COTC.

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    Josie Sellers

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    I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!