If you are looking for an event to get you in the Christmas spirit, the 28th-annual Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade and Festival is held the first Saturday in December.
A 1 p.m. parade and a 7 p.m. parade are held. The Deer Creek Daisy garden club members took in the early afternoon parade.
Approximately 200,000 visitors will converge on the streets of historic downtown Lebanon to officially kick off the holiday season. If you’ve never been, it’s something to cross off your bucket list!
Those taking part in the parade come from all over Ohio and surrounding states. There are 100 or more antique carriages decorated in lights, bells and bows. The carriages are pulled by beautiful Clydesdales, Percherons, miniature horses and more. Many of the folks on the carriages are dressed in yesteryear attire or dressed for various themes and characters.
The Deer Creek Daisies journeyed to Lebanon early morning so they could take in the holiday festival by visiting unique antique shops, boutiques, street vendors and the well known Golden Lamb Gift Shop. Not only are the Daisies avid gardeners, it has been said they were also born to shop!
As an additional highlight of their journey to Lebanon, the ladies enjoyed an early lunch in the Henry Clay Dining Room at the Golden Lamb. The room is located upstairs and seats 12. The room has a beautiful view of Lebanon’s historic Gazebo Park. Hosting this holiday event was Connie Lindsey and Shirley Pettit. A special Carriage Day menu was enjoyed by all in Ohio’s most iconic restaurant. Christmas cards were exchanged prior to ordering their meal.
The dining room was beautifully decorated for the holidays including a lit Christmas Tree, a decorated mantle with a fireplace giving warmth to the room. Shirley made a centerpiece filled with fresh Christmas greens, a bird house, with a Cardinal and bird nest. Connie presented the centerpiece to Barbara Vance in appreciation of Barbara’s loyalty of continuing to be an active member in the garden club. Barbara Vance, a former Fayette County resident, moved to Westerville (Delaware County) several years ago. All applauded her efforts.
It was such a memorable day being at one of America’s most historical inns, and Ohio’s oldest continually operated business, The Golden Lamb since 1803. There is so much history to savor at The Golden Lamb Inn where each room honors a famous guest including Charles Dickens, Ulysses S. Grant, Mark Twain, Ronald Regan, William Howard Taft, and more.
Hosts for the organizational meeting are Jeanne Miller and Kendra Knecht. The date of Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 has been set with meeting place to be determined by weather. Details will be via mail to garden club members.
Garden Tip: Among the loveliest of holiday plants, the amaryllis takes from six to eight weeks to bloom. Plant your bulb in late October to early November to produce its trumpet-shaped flowers for a living Christmas accent. (Birds and Blooms)