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Uptown Norwalk to light up today

Scott Seitz2 • Nov 24, 2012 at 6:11 AM

Uptown Norwalk is the place to be today.

Through the hard work of Main Street Norwalk, Summit Motorsports Park and a number of businesses, Saturday will be full of holiday activities in the uptown area.

The day will conclude will a tree-lighting at 8 p.m.

Kristie Wert, Main Street Norwalk program manager, said today's festivities really are the combining of two events -- Light Up Norwalk and Deck the District.

Bill Bader Jr., president of Summit Motorsports Park, attended a similar event a year ago at Crocker Park in Westlake, which provided inspiration for today.

"When I was at Crocker Park, there were thousands of people there and it was an electric atmosphere," Bader said. "I thought we need to be doing this in our hometown.

"This is a great town and fabulous community and we all need to pull together," Bader said. "Right now, this event is a work-in-progress, but an event like this can take on a life of its own. Three years from now, this thing can be out of control."

Bader said his goal is to have 1,500 to 2,000 people attend and then have word-of-mouth take over.

"Word-of-mouth is how these small events turn into events with four, five, six or 7,000 people," he said.

"This is bringing the community together for an evening of fun," he said. "I love Christmas. This is my favorite time of year."

The tree will feature 4,000 to 6,000 high-intensity lights, with a 4-foot topper.

The businesses are ready.

Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Gabby Road Studio will be hosting artist Tina Tveitnes of T's Glass Studio.

From 3 to 8:30 p.m., the Firelands Museum will hold an open house.

At 4 p.m., "Arthur's Christmas" will be shown for free at the Norwalk Public Library.

Giving trees will be located at a number of businesses in the uptown area.

At 4:30 p.m., Patina46 will hold a holiday open house with live music by Joey Hebdo. They will also be raffling a $25 gift card.

Amish Heirloom will have pet stockings on sale for the Huron County Humane Society.

Cans for the Cupboard will be ongoing at the Northern Ohio Antique Mall, Mannino's on Main and C&R Variety where people can donate non-perishable foods for a chance at discounts or a gas card drawing.

Santa will be uptown from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Santa will have a workshop and free carriage rides will be available.

The workshop is sponsored by Frontier Communications, Gardner's SuperValu and Foghorn Designs.

The carriage rides are sponsored by Croghan Colonial Bank.

A cookie decorating contest will take place at Crumb's Confections from 5:30 to 7.

Refreshments will be made available at Berry's Restaurant, ice cream sponsored by Summit and the Oasis Assembly of God will have a refreshments stand, with proceeds going to charity.

At 5:30 and 6 p.m., the North American Martial Arts Institute will hold demonstrations.

Also at 5:30, the New London Show Choir will perform holiday tunes.

At 7 p.m., The Ryan Humbert Band will perform.

Finally at 8, the tree-lighting ceremony will take place, followed by a candlelit walk through the district.

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