Metroparks celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way


Neighbors | Shaiyla Hakeem .Canfield's Angelo DePalmo (left) told Santa and his wife what he wanted for Christmas while at Lanterman's Mill Nov. 27 for an Olde Fashioned Christmas at the Mill celebration. Liberty residents Kim Burin and Penny volunteered their time to serve as Mr. and Mrs. Claus.


Neighbors | Shaiyla Hakeem .Youngstown resident Ray Novotny (left) roasted chestnuts over an open fire Nov. 27 at the Mill Creek MetroPark's Olde Fashioned Christmas at the Mill celebration. Guests were able to taste the chestnuts for no charge.


Neighbors | Shaiyla Hakeem .Hubbard's Charles Hughes (left) shaped iron for spectators at the Mill Creek MetroPark's Olde Fashioned Christmas at the Mill celebration. He owns C&C Ironworks LLC located in Hubbard.


Neighbors | Shaiyla Hakeem .Austintown resident Kylie Smith (front) was aided by brothers Colin (back left) and Dustin as she hung winter gloves on the giving tree. Clothing items from the tree were donated to the Mahoning County Educational Service Center for children in need.

Tis’ the season for holiday fun — the old-fashioned way.

Mill Creek MetroParks hosted its annual “Olde Fashioned Christmas at the Mill” Nov. 27-28 at Lanterman’s Mill. This park tradition is more than 25 years old.

The two-day festivity featured roasted chestnuts, a blacksmith shaping iron, musical entertainment, a stone carver and dozens of vendors.

The inside of the mill was decorated with wreaths, lights and colorful ribbons with a vintage theme. Santa Claus and his wife made a special appearance to take childrens’ gift requests for Christmas.

A giving tree was placed outside the mill that wasn’t decorated with ornaments and lights, but with hats, gloves and scarves donated by people in the community.

The winter clothing items will be given to the Mahoning County Education Service Center and distributed to children throughout Mahoning County.

MetroParks’ Carol Vigorito, with the help of Annette Vaskocould, coordinated the event. Hundreds flocked to the historical mill to enjoy the holiday celebration.

“Many families have made this event into a family tradition,” Vigorito said. “It is just an enjoyable celebration.”

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