2018-11-21 / Community

30th Canal Park Christmas Festival is treat for the entire family


A homemaker’s life as it may have been in 1850. Photo provided A homemaker’s life as it may have been in 1850. Photo provided “What’s more inviting than an Old Fashion Christmas in Delphi with nineteenth century crafts to see and learn about,” say Cecilia Henning and Vicki Sickler, coordinators of the events at Canal Park in Delphi. “You can be conversing with costumed docents, all the while knowing you will soon enjoy one of the Canal’s famous hot baked apple dumplings.”

The once-a-year event on Saturday, Dec. 1, is free and is held in conjunction with celebrations in downtown Delphi.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Canal Park is located a dozen blocks north of the Carroll County Courthouse traffic light on Washington Street. The Delphi Trolley will take visitors to downtown festivities and return to Canal Park.

The atmosphere of Christmas in the 1850s is there for all ages to enjoy. A ticket is required for a guided tour of the seasonally decorated Reed Case House with its 1850s ambiance.

“Visiting the Pioneer Village will bring you in contact with more crafters and artisans inside individual shop buildings,” Henning said.

“You’ll be glad for the warmth of the potbelly stove or fireplace and enjoy the crafts and good smells in relocated historic buildings where years ago Carroll County families lived and raised their children,” Sickler noted.

Additional activity will be inside the Canal’s Conference Center where there will be handcrafted items to buy, Christmas music filling the air, and food offerings.

Visitors can also walk on the Towpath Trails beside the Canal. A narrated hike will begin at 2 p.m., going to the Red Bridge Settlement where Canal era industrial developments were once located.

The event is also an opportunity for children to peer into the quaint cabins and see how life may have been many years ago. In all kinds of weather, children enjoy playing on the Playground Canal Boat as well.

Call (765) 564-2870 for further information or see the Canal’s website: www.wabashanderiecanal.org

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