The square was looking a little empty last night, but that won't be the case this evening as Chariton kicks off the season with what in effect is Holiday Homecoming, although it's never been called that.
Starting at 6 p.m., the community memorial Tree of Lights will be illuminated and there will be live window displays, a scavenger hunt starting at the gazebo and antique tractor and pony rides. Just before 7 p.m. the Hotel Charitone sign will be relighted for the first time in more than 50 years; and at 7, the lighted Christmas parade will begin.
Santa will be in the gazebo after the parade and Miss Merry Christmas and Little St. Nick will be crowned. There will be open houses, with refreshments, at many of the businesses around the square from 6 until 8 p.m., so it should be lots of fun.
I'll be leading a twilight walking tour of the square at 5 p.m. for anyone interested --- just show up at the Chamber/Main Street office. This little event is oddly timed, which is for the most part my fault, so it's unlikely anyone will be trampled. But it did motivate me to work up a modest brochure about the square last night that should be available at the Chamber/Main Street office in a few days for use by those who wish to walk around on their own.
What's the deal with Thanksgiving and the volume of food consumed?
Yesterday's big dinner was vegetarian --- wonderful healthy stuff. Well, maybe the chocolate pecan pie was a little over the top.
Although the components were healthy (tasty, too), we sat there and shoveled it down, then shoveled more down, as if the possibility existed that Lucas County was going to run out of food and this was our last chance.
The end result was minor misery --- and a long nap. It was nearly dark by the time I regained consciousness. You'd think we'd learn.