Nov 29, 2012

Dec. 7: Candlelight Walk and Open House at Bear’s Mill

GREENVILLE—The Friends of Bear’s Mill invite the community to share in an evening filled with the sights and sounds of the holidays at their much anticipated annual Candlelight Walk and Open House at historic Bear’s Mill, Dec. 7, 6-10 p.m. This event is free to the public, however donations are greatly appreciated.

Guests will be entertained around the bonfire with holiday music by the Melodyline singing group from 7-8 p.m. In the event of inclement weather the group will be singing inside the Mille Store and Gallery.

“Kick off the holiday season by taking a stroll along the millrace that is lit up with the warm glow of luminaries,” said Merri Niekamp, Outreach Manager for the Friends of Bear’s Mill nonprofit organization. “Awaiting you is a country bonfire in the woods with straw bales for resting while you roast your hot dogs and marshmallows and sip hot cocoa. Historic Bear’s Mill and The Greenville Creek provide a spectacular backdrop for a winter bonfire and a fun, family holiday event. We would also like to encourage our visitors to extend their walk to include a visit to the overlook at the dam. The dam overlook was built this past summer as part of a community service collaboration between The Light Foundations’ Camp Vohokase and Bear’s Mill, and will be decorated with Christmas lights that will be lit using the hydroelectric power generated by the water the the dam,” she concluded.

In addition to stoneground flours and meals, the Mill Store offers kitchen and gourmet goods as well as Boston Stoker coffees and homemade holiday candies. Home d├ęcor, giftware and women’s accessories are also available for sale.

“Holiday items are arriving daily and ready for your business and personal gift giving needs. Enjoy a walk and visit to the bonfire and then come inside the Mill Store and Gallery to enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee and a cookie while you listen to holiday music, visit with friends and get a jump on your holiday shopping,” stated Julie Clark, Retail Manger. “Gifts from the Mill offer you the opportunity to give something special from your own hometown and we offer gift-wrapping and shipping services, too,” she explained.

The gallery at Bear’s Mill will feature the December artist for the final Art at the Mill series for 2012. Included will be an innovative installation by Indiana artist Zach Medler. Medler’s exhibit entitled “Midwestern Landscapes” will include ceramics, paintings and sculptures created from found objects of wood, metal, paper, books, fabric and more. Original pottery by the Bear’s Mill potters and friends will be on display and available for gift-giving as well.

“Tax deductible donations and profit from sales in the Mill Store & Gallery are vital to the nonprofit organization,” said Friends of Bear’s Mill President Ray Lepore. “When a visitor gives a donation or makes a purchase at the Mill, they are helping to keep the Mill open. If a visit to the Mills is not already a part of your holiday routine, this is the year to begin a new tradition.”

Bear’s Mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road, about five miles east of Greenville. For more information on this and other programs offered by The Friends of Bear’s Mill, contact Bear’s Mill at 548-5112 or visit


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