The Strongsville Historic Village is always a big part of the holiday season in the city. Each year, the village is decorated for Christmas, and an open house welcomes guests of all ages to experience traditional holiday fun.
This year, volunteers put on the first weekend of Christmas in the Village on Dec. 1 and 2. It will be taking place on the grounds of the village, located at the corner of Pearl Road and Zverina Drive, again on Dec. 8 and 9, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Each of the houses, which date back as far as the early 1800s, is decorated in a style true to the era of the building, with activities taking place throughout the event. Children especially love going to the village during the holidays, as they have the chance to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, decorate gingerbread houses, make decorations, enjoy treats and more. Guests of all ages can take in the decorations, see an old-fashioned model train display, and enjoy the holiday atmosphere.
“It’s such a nice holiday gift, and we enjoy putting it together for the community. It’s a huge sharing event,” said Sonia Reber, a member of the historical society.
Each year, the Girl Scouts in Strongsville help make the two-weekend event happen. They work behind the scenes to decorate the houses, prepare the gingerbread houses for decorating, and learn about the village to guide tours.
“The Girl Scouts are the unseen help. People don’t realize how much they do,” Reber said.
In addition to their help during Christmas in the Village, the Girl Scouts also get the village ready to be shown off. They, along with historical society volunteers, spend hours decorating each house. Some of the younger Girl Scouts prepare the gingerbread houses, which are decorated by children in the Chapman House during the event. The high school members of the Girl Scouts help put the event on each year, doing the scheduling and coordinating of the troops.
“We just love coming here and being part of this. We did it when we were little, and it’s so much fun to do it for the kids who come through,” said Natalie Zielinski, 14.
Part of the girls’ contribution comes from fundraising as well. They provide all of the materials for the gingerbread houses, and request donations from patrons at the free event. All of the money that is brought in through donations goes directly back into the fund of the historical society for upkeep of the houses.
Coinciding with Christmas in the Village was the annual tea party in the Lathrop House. Women joined together for holiday music, teas and snacks in the decorated Lathrop House, and then had the opportunity to take part in the rest of the activities in the village.