Timberville Christmas Village Opens

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November 20, 2018
Daily News-Record  11/20/18
TIMBERVILLE — The Timberville Food Lion parking lot will transform into a holiday wonderland for the next month leading up to Christmas.
The Christmas Village, located at 14064 Timber Way, is a new event organized by CART, Community Art Recreation of Timberville, a five-member organization that formed this summer to host events in town.
Thirty-five local artisans will set up shop in 12 small storage sheds lined with holiday lights.
Ned Overton, a town councilman and member of CART’s board of directors, got the idea from a town in South Dakota. The only Christmas event held in Timberville is an annual tree-lighting.
“I read a story about some teenagers in South Dakota that had used these small shed buildings to create a Christmas village,” he said. “I read that story and it just kind of planted a seed of an idea that we could probably do that here in Timberville.”
The Christmas Village officially opens on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. The tree-lighting will take place there at 6:30 p.m. with help from Santa Claus. The village is also open on Saturdays from 1 to 7 p.m.
This Saturday only, horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The artisans will sell a variety of Christmas and holiday items. Some will be giving live demonstrations of their craft.
“We’re going to have a blacksmith who has a portable outdoor forge that he’s bringing,” Overton said.
The blacksmith will give demonstrations on Dec. 7, 15 and 22.
Other handcrafted items include woven baskets by Jean Artz Whetzel; custom lighting and furniture from CKC Creations; woodwork by Bev Garber, Zweigler Woodwork and Ashton Waters; pottery by Annette Artz Pierce and Jeni Artz Pierce; handcrafted mandolins by Hughes Mandolins; and jewelry by An Artistic Nature and River of Mountains. Ford’s Wintergreens will have traditional holiday greenery, and Edinburgh Gap Llama Co. will sell scarves.
“They’re all local people, all Valley made,” Overton said.
There will be plenty of food and beverage at the Christmas Village as well. Fort Valley
Nut Co. will sell an assortment of roasted nuts; Showalter’s Orchard will serve both hot and hard cider; and Third Hill Winery at DeMello Vineyards will have hot mulled wine.
Grillizza, a grilled pizza vendor, and Tickle Me Pink Food Boutique, which sells funnel cakes, will also sell food at the Christmas Village. Additionally, Turner Ham and Fulks Run Grocery will have gourmet food gift baskets.
Entrance into the Christmas Village is free. The shops will be open on Fridays and Saturdays until Dec. 23.
Overton said the Christmas Village is aimed at attracting more people to shop locally in Timberville, which he said is becoming a hub in northern Rockingham County.
“One of our goals is to make Timberville a destination. So, by showcasing our local artists, we’re hoping to bring in visitors, not only locally, but from out of town to visit the Valley and see what the Valley has to offer,” he said.
This is just the beginning for CART. Timberville residents can expect more events in the future.
“[We’re] starting with this event, but it’s not our sole focus,” Overton said. “We’re looking at projects for the community, in the arts and recreation aspect.”

The Christmas tree at the Timberville Christmas Village goes through a test-lighting Monday evening as volunteers help with final preparations before the village’s opening Friday evening.