Saturday, December 6, 2003

Chrisholm Farmstead offers old Christmas


Neighborhoods

Randy McNutt

MADISON TOWNSHIP - They'll celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way at Chrisholm Historic Farmstead in Butler County.

From 5-9 p.m. Dec. 12-13, you're invited to tour the old Augspurger farm home and see displays of Christmas traditions from the 1870s Amish-Mennonites up to modern times.

Chrisholm is an authentic and restored Amish-Mennonite farmstead.

Activities for the children include making a keepsake tin punch ornament (for a small fee) and riding an antique tractor. It will pull a hayride wagon around the farm and decorated scenery.

The farm, 2070 Woodsdale Road near Trenton, has a bank barn in which crafters will display and sell hand-made gifts.

Admission is $2, for ages 6 and older.

Information: 877-PARKFUN.

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DOWNTOWN - The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will host three local members of the League of World War I Aviation Historians at 2 p.m. today.

Col. Steven Ruffin (USAF, retired), Maj. Robert Kasprzak (USAF, retired), and Jim Streckfuss, president of the group, will discuss the war's history.

Admission is free. Information: 369-6971.

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WAYNESVILLE - "Step Back In Time," Waynesville's Christmas in the village celebration, will be held from 2-9 p.m. today and 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

Christmas walks, featuring 1,300 luminarias, will be held from 6-9 p.m. today. A parade will start at 11 a.m. today. A tour of homes is set for 2-5 p.m. Sunday, but tickets are required. Call 897-8855.

Waynesville is on U.S. 42 in Warren County, north of Lebanon.

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HAMILTON - They call it Zen Cafe, the Riverbank Poetry Project's gathering featuring poet Ray McNiece, haiku and hot tea.

It will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave.

McNiece is a nationally known poet who will read his latest haiku.

Information: www.riverbankpoetry.com.

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GREENHILLS - A winter bird count will be taken the afternoon of Dec. 13 at Winton Woods.

The public is invited to participate and to stop at 4 p.m. to hear the final tallies announced.

Meet at the Winton Centre. Experience is not necessary to participate. Expert bird watchers from the Hamilton County Park District staff will help participants search for waterfowl, raptors and songbirds.

Register in advance by calling the district office at 521-PARK, extension 240. You must have a valid park vehicle permit. It costs $3 for an annual permit and $1 for a daily.

Randy McNutt's community column appears on Saturdays. Contact him at the Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester OH 45069. Telephone: 775-4158. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail rmcnutt@enquirer.com.




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