All About That White Christmas

Even for those of us that typically loathe snow we can all agree that a little snow on the ground on Christmas morning makes the day a little more special. Unfortunately, in Ohio a white Christmas is always a crap shoot.

In a year where a white Christmas might mean a little more to everyone what are the chances we will get one?

One famously trust source on the topic, the Farmer’s Almanac, released its Christmas weekend forecast. For Ohio they summed up the forecast as “increasingly cloudy skies for the Christmas holiday weekend.”

If we don’t get it on the day there may be snow between the 20th and 23rd of December and perhaps before New Year’s Eve.

Many cultural critics link our national obsession with a white Christmas to several sources. One such source is Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. This novella, originally published by Chapman & Hall in 1843 in London during a time when British society was evaluating and changing their Christmas traditions. Dickens’ classic holiday ghost story depicts a perpetually snow-covered London on and around Christmas day.

Additionally, the now classic “White Christmas” written by Irving Berlin and sung, originally, by Bing Crosby sits proudly among one of the best-selling singles of all time. The song is pure nostalgia whose lyrics focus on what else but a white Christmas “…like the ones I used to know…” This cultural artifact undoubtedly also has had a great influence on our Christmas snow obsession.



43rd Dulcimer Days, Coshocton, OH

This festival features many traditional folk instruments beyond mountain and hammered dulcimers including ukuleles, autoharps, bowed psalteries, whistles, guitars and banjos. This year the festival has invited a new instrument, the bodhran. All of the instruments can be experienced through concerts, impromptu jam sessions and workshops. You’ll probably also find people just playing in the streets of the historic Roscoe Village. Musicians come from all over the country to play and compete.

The workshops at Dulcimer Days offer all attendees a way to learn to interact with the featured instruments or to sharpen skills they already have.

Saturday the concert will feature Joe Collins, national mountain dulcimer champion along with Walt Michael, hammered dulcimer adept. The evening will close with the headliners and workshop instructors playing together. Smaller concerts will feature other performers throughout the day.

Dulcimer Days invites people of all ages and is a family friendly event. Musicians at any skill level can participate. Dulcimer Days is a premiere Ohio event which explores the musical roots and cultural heritage of Americana and Folk music.

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Ohiolina Music Festival, Mount Vernon, Sept. 29-30

Celebrating its fifth year in 2017, the Ohiolina Music Festival celebrates music and culture from the Appalachian region stretching from Ohio to North Carolina. Listen to exceptional folk, rock, Americana and bluegrass as musicians fill the natural amphitheater with gorgeous sound.

Taste local and regionally-inspired menus and sip drinks from some of Ohio and North Carolina’s best breweries and wineries. Enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere with activities for all ages. Relax in a peaceful hideaway—a little bit remote, a little bit historic, it’s a quick weekend escape with lush landscapes and beautiful views. It’s quiet up there—except when the music is playing.

The venue is beautiful open-air pavilion that provides complete shelter from sun and rain. The park has trails, lakes, a climbable smokestack, and many other spaces to explore – we recommend taking full advantage of all the offerings!

The festival encourages people to bring their own instruments and jam. While there are not formally designated locations for an impromptu session, we encourage you to bring your instrument, find a spot in the park and get inspired.

Kent State University Fashion Timeline Exhibit, Kent OH

Located on Kent Campus, the Kent State University Museum presents one of a kind exhibit of historic fashion which brings together two centuries of fashion history. The exhibition contextualizes the changes in fashion through the lens of politics, technology and cultural evolution.

Gallery one looks at the late 18th and early 19th century styles. American and French Revolutions radically changed the political landscapes while the industrial revolution transformed how clothing and textiles were made. The gallery exhibits the transition from rococo excess to romanticism and neoclassicism.

The next room includes the second half of the nineteenth century to the dawn of World War I. Synthetic dyes opened up a world of color and the sewing machine facilitated the application of yards of ruffles, pleats, and fringe. The upholstered, heavy styles of the Victorian era eventually gave way to Edwardian froth and lace.

The final gallery finishes the timeline with fashions of the early twentieth century. While it may have been a period of world wars and depression, fashions also reflected the heydays of jazz and swing, the boldness of Art Deco, and the endless possibilities of technology from plastics to rockets.

In addition to the garments on view in the Palmer and Mull Galleries, an array of accessories, particularly shoes and hats, line the hallways. The silhouettes are the most obvious changes that can be seen, but there are also changes in textiles and colors. The display is intended to be a permanent feature at the museum, but the individual pieces will be rotated frequently so there is always something new to see.

Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, Coshocton, OH

This free family event has been a favorite for over 30 years. Enjoy musical entertainment, carnival rides, festive foods, arts and crafts booths and of course, hot air balloons. Spectators enjoy watching 20 or more hot air balloons taking off, landing and the popular “night glow”.

Fly-ins to the Fairgrounds typically take place between 6:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday mornings. Balloon launches take place from the Fairgrounds typically between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting) on Friday and Saturday evenings.

This is one of Ohio’s longest running Hot Air Balloon Festivals, bringing joy to people of all ages each June. The festival features Hot Air Balloon Launches (public rides are not available), and a balloon night glow (all weather permitting). Plus, enjoy fireworks, live musical entertainment, and a full midway of rides, games, food and antiques, craft & gift show.

Schedule of events, list of balloon sponsors and more available here: