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    Newsletter December, 2016 explorehockinghills.com

    By: Lindsay Friedman Ill be the first to admit, Im one of those people who starts listening to holiday music early in the season. Early, as in before Thanksgiving, early. I love the music and sentiments. Most importantly, I love the spirit. The season of giving, family, love and cheer. Of sharing your love and appreciation with those who matter most. Getting cozy by the fire and admiring those twinkling lights. Warm sweaters and boots are certainly a plus, as well. Theres something about the time of year that convinces even the big-gest critic that anything can happen. Miracles dont just hap-pen on 34th Street. Its because of this sensation, I was inspired to take a photo of my family in church together last Christmas Eve while the lights dimmed and our candles shown bright as everyone sang Silent Night. Full of anticipation for this years holiday season, Ive been searching for examples of people sharing the holiday spirit in the Hocking Hills region. It wasnt hard. I found a mothers blog showing a fun Elf on the Shelf Elf-cation with the family and old recipes, along with memo-ries, shared on our own Facebook page. I even ended up sitting next to a woman holding her almost three-week old baby boy who got married in Hocking Hills last holiday season. She gushed about her husband. In her mid-thirties, she was beginning to wonder if shed ever find a special someone. Her friends encouraged her to try the online dating realm. Shortly after, they met and a year later they were engaged. Sharing the story with others, a close family friend even re-vealed that she and her husband honey-mooned many years ago in Hocking Hills during the holiday season. Each of these instances were shared with joy, the spirit evident every time. This year, when you feel the holiday spirit infection, I hope you dont hold back. I encourage you to embrace it, to take a moment and act on its inspiration. Dont question it, dont hesitate. The people and their hard work YOU are what make Hocking Hills such a magical place. The spirit you inspire and share with others, everything you do, it doesnt go unnoticed. The stories, appreciation and memories folks have from Hocking Hills are more than enough proof. So, turn up that holiday music as loud as you want. Snap that picture. Dance in your office. Give lots of hugs and pre-sents and accept it, enjoy it, when others do the same for you. You deserve it. I, and the HHTA (among others), thank you for your dedication and the #HockingHoliday spirit that lasts year round!

    Embracing the Hocking Holiday Spirit


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    MEMBER NEWS GUIDELINES The Member News section of the HHTA Newsletter allows members to inform fellow members of business-related news. Our intention is to give the membership a space to publicize or announce something new or special in their business. News submitted should be fewer than 100 words, apolitical in nature, and text may be edited to fit the space available. HHTA reserves the right of final approval of submissions. Submit news to amartin@explorehockinghills.com by the next-to-last Tuesday of the month for the next months newsletter.

    Welcome New Members (new since the last newsletter)

    Member News Member news items are written and submitted by member businesses

    Ohio Glass Museum: Christmas in the 1940s is present-ed by George W. Johnson in the current tree display at the Ohio Glass Museum during the holiday season this year. His collections of toys and ephemera exhibit the decorations used at that time and the period of history we as a country were experiencing. The emerald green in our Erickson glass on exhibition in the museums gallery provides a brilliant background for the setting. Also the Tiffin Glass Co. is well represented in the Fred and Terri Malone Collection on loan to the museum. Visitors will see the Manhattan glass pattern by Anchor Hocking in a table setting and more when touring the museum from 1 to 4pm, Tuesdays through Saturday from now through February. The museum is currently closed on Mondays and Sundays. Contact us for glass clas-ses and flameworking classes at 740.687.0101 for more details, or view our website at ohioglassmuse-um@gmail.com. Athens Farmers Market: The Saturday Athens Far mers Market will move indoors December 3rd. There will be vendors both indoors and outdoors up until April. The last Wednesday Market will be December 21st. We still have some spots left for our Dec. 11th Cookie Baking Class! Inn-keepers Ellen and Terry have carefully hand selected five different recipes for you to bake and taste! Class includes instruction, recipes, lunch, and a take home bag full of cook-ies! The cost is $55/person. If you dont fancy getting up early to drive in for the class,stay with us and receive a 25% discount on your lodging. Call 800-65-FALLS to reserve your spot today, as space is limited!

    High Rock Adventures will be open for eco/nature tours and rappelling tours this winter, weather permitting. If your guests are looking for an outdoor adventure over the holidays or during winter visits, please let them know we will do our best to accommodate them. We encourage guests to book early but require at least 48 to 24 hours advance notice, and tours will be dependent on weather and safety of the guests on the rocks. Please feel free to contact us for more information or to get flyers for your business or cabin binders. Email at in-fo@highrockadventures.com or leave a message at 740-385-9886. Starbrick Gallery announces expanded hours for the Holiday season. For the month of December, we will be open Mon through Wed, 10am to 5pm. Extended hours will be Thurs, Fri, & Sat. from 10am to 7pm. Sunday, noon to 5.Our Holiday Specials include, Free Handmade Ornament with every purchase. Also, for every $10 spent, you get 1 chance for an incredible gift basket, full of hand-made goodies by the Artists of Starbrick Coopera-tive. Each basket is worth $160+ Country Textiles will be having their annual Chr ist-mas Open House: December 2 & 3 2016. 10-4 each day.Location: Chickencoop Hill Farm at 3350 Chicken-coop Hill Road Lancaster, Ohio 43130.for sale: hand-woven rugs, placemats, tablerunners and handwoven pinkeeps, some in antique containers.Weaving loom shop will be open along with country store. See rare breed long wool sheep in field.more in-fo: www.JudyRobinsonsCountryTextiles.com

    Lake Logan Marina owner, Nathan Gerken, featuring Pontoon rentals of all sizes, canoe rentals, paddle boats, kayaks and more! 740-380-2956-0443; Paradise Cabin owners, Jake & Ruth Clark, their cabin features a secluded cabin on 20 acres is located 5 minutes from Old Mans Cave in a peaceful and relaxing setting, nestled in the woods, with pond for fishing and paddle boats. 740-385-9315; The Smoke Stack Hobby Shop owner, Don Riordan, his hobby shop features the largest supply of trains, R/C, and model kits. His location is 342 Lincoln Ave. Lancaster.740-653-0404; Butterfly Ridge Butterfly Conservation Center owner, Chris Kline, his mission is to develop habitat for pollinators in general and butterflies specifically and to teach others to do the same. Located at 17864 State Route 374, Rockbridge (740) 777-7548; Zinn Music owner, Dave Zinn, his shop offers new and used musical instruments and repair/maintenance services. 27382 Darl Rd. Rockbridge 740-385-7064; Old Mans Antiques Collectibles Music and Arts owner, Mac Zinn, his shop features everything from true antiques to rare col-lectibles, vintage furniture, housewares and local handmade crafts and arts. Located at 27382 Darl Rd. Rockbridge, (740) 385-7064; Lotus Lake Lodge owner, Steve Chambers, his cabin features 3 bedroom deluxe lakeside cabin with all the amenities tucked away in the scenic Hocking Hills 614-795-6887; 1st Choice Wedding Venue Facilities owners, Bernie & Jennifer Roell supplies great wedding facilities offering two scenic locations adjacent to Wayne National Forest to choose from to create a memory of a lifetime! (740) 856-7848; Journey Ridge Cabins owners, Greg & Jennifer Niemeyer, their cabins are a collection of two-person cabins that each sit on their own three to five acres and are surrounded by Hocking Hills forest. (877) 238-4470; Western & Southern Life Financial Advisors - agents, Erin Spackey and Chelsie Dearing, Financial Advisors offering Simple, Significant, Solutions preparing your financial future for success. 740-279-5904, Located at 1301 River Valley Blvd. Lancaster

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    Welcome New Members (new since the last newsletter)

    Board Minutes October17, 2016 CIC Building Conference Room

    Board President Doug Parker called the meeting to order at 12:03 p.m.

    Roll Call:

    Board Members & Officers present: Dani Bell, Blaine Davidson, Eric Hoffman, Lorraine Carlson, Barry Harle, Doug Parker, Dave Brimner, Larry Gerstner, Rick Webb, Larry Beal, Kevin

    Claus, Joyce Gerstner

    Board Members not present: Rebecca Miller

    Ex Officio Members present: Karen Raymore, Steve Roley, Mark Hoffhines

    Ex Officio Members not present:

    HHTA Staff present: Audrey Martin, Lindsay Friedman


    Public Forum: Rick Webb shared the America in Bloom trip to California. Logan won 3 awards. Rick talked about the positive economic impact relating it to the revitalization efforts of


    Secretarys report: Motion was made by Rick Webb, seconded by Lorraine Carlson, to approve the minutes o