The halls are decked, lights are strung and Christmas at the lodge has begun. Shawnee Lodge once again had the community out for their annual Christmas open house on Sunday. Lodge staff member Andra Ayers explained that the lodge opens up for the public each year as part of their effort to join in on some holiday festivities.
“Each year, it seems like it grows a little bit,” Ayers stated.
She added that this year, Shawnee Lodge estimates that approximately 1,500 people came out to see the many trees and enjoy some of the celebrations.
Drummers from the local community drum circle, cloggers, West High School Choir and even Santa came out with free milk and cookies to spread cheer to all good little boys and girls. Ayers explained that the West Choir, who also performed at the Scioto County Common Pleas Courthouse, brings out a large crowd each year.
In addition to entertainment, the buffet was open and serving beef and noodles, chicken pot pie, mashed potatoes, buttered corn, rolls and salad.
Numerous vendors from across the area were selling holiday items and offered some locally made gift ideas.
“There was a lot of nice stuff,” Ayers commented. “I’m not even sure how many vendors were over there; there were so many.”
More than 20 vendors took part in the annual craft show. Though there were plenty of holiday crafts and gifts available for purchase, attendance of the event was free as in years past.
Families who attended the event, awed over the ribbons, bells, garland and lights filling the lodge lobby and halls. The feature attraction each year is the various trees decorated and glowing from every corner. Total, there were more than 40,000 lights on display and at least 38 trees varying is size from small trees to those reaching towards the high lobby ceilings.
Each year, the trees are decorated by local garden club members.
“They do that all in a day,” Ayers stressed about the impressive effort.
The Shawnee Lodge and Conference Center is located at 4404B State Route 125 in West Portsmouth. For more information about lodge accommodations or events, call 740-858-6621 or visit shawneeparklodge.com.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.