Thursday, December 02, 1999

Holiday fun galore in Warren Co.

Enquirer Contributor

        Two camels showed up early for holiday festivities in Mason. The dromedaries, on loan from Tom Smith Exotics of Kokomo, Ind., will join local livestock for a live Nativity scene that's part of “Motorola Presents the Cincinnati Bell Wireless Holiday Fest at The Beach Waterpark.”

        Margaret Drexel, marketing director for The Beach, said the camels were settling in well after their arrival Wednesday.

        “They're really happy. Right now they're eating a tree outside their pen,” she said.

        Festivities at the water park also include a light display, ice skating, a crafters' village and a miniature train exhibit.

        The park is open Thursday through Sunday beginning Friday, and Monday through Friday the weeks of Dec. 20 and 27. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $6.95 for adults and $3.95 for children ages 3 to 12. Some activities charge extra fees. Call 398-SWIM (398-7946).

        Besides popping in to say hello at The Beach, Santa will be in evidence this weekend at other Warren County celebrations.

        • “Meet Santa” in Hamilton Township will allow children young and old to visit with St. Nick and help decorate the community Christmas tree. Residents are invited to bring items for the Glove and Mitten Tree and the Canned Food Barrel.

        The event takes place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday at the township fire station, 69 W. Fosters-Maineville Road in Maineville. Call 683-8520.

        • Christmas in Mason is an evening of carols, crafts, carriage rides and entertainment. The Alverta Green Museum will be open to the public. The festival takes place in downtown Mason from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Call 398-2188.

        • Sunday's Mason Historical Society Tour of Homes includes two Victorian and four conventional homes, plus a log cabin originally from Brookville, Ind. The tour begins at the Alverta Green Museum, 207 Church St., where maps and refreshments will be available. Tickets are $8 a person. Call 398-0407.

        • The Historic Lebanon Christmas Festival, complete with its celebrated horse-drawn carriage parade, takes place Saturday. As costumed carolers and other entertainers provide a musical background, shoppers can explore the town's specialty shops.

        The parade, boasting more than 50 units, proceeds down Broadway at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Call 932-1100.

        • Waynesville hosts its first weekend of Christmas in the Village. Beginning Friday, watch for Dickens characters, horse-drawn carriages and strolling entertainers on the streets of the historic village.

        Event hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The festival takes place along Waynesville's Main Street, just north of Ohio 73 at U.S. 42. Call 897-8855.


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