2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first footsteps onto the moon. This year has special meaning to the citizens of Wapakoneta, Ohio as the man who took those steps, Neil Alden Armstrong, called that community his hometown.
He experienced his first airplane ride at the age of six and began taking flying lessons at fourteen. By age sixteen, he had earned his pilot’s license.
As a recent high school graduate, I will always remember watching that “first step” on a black and white TV in the restaurant where I worked before beginning college. Then four years later, now a college graduate, I accepted my first teaching position at Wapakoneta City Schools. The Armstrong aura and legend were still fresh memories in the small Auglaize County seat.
Armstrong continues as a Wapakoneta local legend. When a 90-year-old retired elementary teacher passed away this winter, one of her former students remembered: “I never forgot her story that Neil Armstrong was her prom date. However, he only had his pilot license so his father had to drive them to the dance.”
Heroes are human too.
For additional information about how Wapakoneta and the Armstrong Museum plan to honor their “Hometown Hero”, visit these sites:
Piqua is located on Interstate 75 and is easily accessible by car. Approximate driving distance to Piqua are below:
Dayton 1/2 hour
Lima 1 hour
Cincinnati 1 1/2 hours
Toledo 2 hours
Indianapolis 2 hours
Cleveland 3 1/2 hours
From Interstate 75,
Take the US-36 exit, EXIT 82, toward Urbana/Piqua
Turn WEST (left when coming from the South) onto E Ash St/US-36 W.
Stay straight to go onto E Ash ST/OH-185
Take the 1st right onto N Main St.
405 N Main St is on the right (If you reach W. Greene Street, you’ve gone a little too far)
Street parking is limited in front of the store. Public Parking is located behind the store building.
Free Public Parking is available off of Ash before you turn onto N Main St. There are parking lots on both sides of Ash directly across from each other. See the Map attached to the email. Parking is highlighted in blue on the map.
DIDN’T REGISTER? – YOU CAN STILL PAY AT THE DOOR!
We have over 80 registrations for the event and expect another 40 to 50 people to pay at the door. You can still attend the event by paying $5.00 at the door. A boxed Lunch will NOT be available, but attached to the email is a map of local restaurants that are within walking distance of the store.
RESTAURANTS WITH-IN WALKING DISTANCE
Susie’s Big Dipper (Ice Cream & Sandwiches) 323 North Main Street
Mulligan’s Pub (Sports Bar) 110 W High St. (corner of High & Main)
Z’s Food & Spirits (Sports Bar) 319 North Wayne St. (Corner of Wayne & Ash)
Michalo’s (Pizza & Wings) 413 N. Main Street
Lighthouse Cafe 213 N Main Street
Beppo Uno Pizzeria & Tattoria 414 W. Water Street
Winan’s Fine Chocolates and Coffees (dessert option) 122 W High Street
If you have any questions, just shoot me a contact using the tab at the top of this page.
I’m amid a big box & move-it project for the installation of wood floors on the first floor. And, I also need to begin preparing for the weekend show. I think that I will have two trees plus a full table … mixing antique, vintage and contemporary items. I’m planning to concentrate on “onsies” … things that just aren’t worth the time to list them online. I have a number of signed folk art pins and things, single ornaments from my collection etc. For example, I have a huge rolling bin of “extras”that I don’t think I’ve opened since about 2005! And, I have retail merchandise that has never made it online due to my extended illness. Look for lots of bargain pricing … I seriously need to downsize both personally and business-wise. Need a full size 7 ft pre-lit tree? Got one of those stored on the third floor of Apple Tree. I’ll make you a real deal if you can haul it away on Saturday! LOL
I will be bringing things that cover all 4 seasons. In other words, 365 days of the year! Hope to meet you in Piqua!
PIQUA, OH- Apple Tree Gallery, downtown Piqua’s 365-day Christmas and Halloween store, will be hosting a unique educational and shopping event on Saturday, April 13. Area collectors are invited to attend.
The store, located at 405 N. Main St., will host the first-ever OhioAntique Christmas meet in partnership with the Golden Glow of Christmas Past. The Glow is an international collecting organization whose members specialize in anything Christmas as long as the item was made before 1966.Click image posters to enlarge …
Mark Saturday April 13 on your calendar. The event will be open from 10 am through 3 pm. Twenty-two Golden Glow vendors will be on hand offering merchandise from all holidays, not just Christmas. And the items for sale will range from antique, vintage and current holiday merchandise. Shoppers will find everything from vintage holiday postcards, aluminum Christmas trees to contemporary ornaments from Patricia Breen, Christopher Radko and Mattarusky. In addition, Apple Tree’s galleries of holiday collectibles will be open to shoppers.
Since Piqua is home to Celebrate365, Connie Porcher will be on hand with a full table and tree displays. “My storage units are just two miles from the event,” Porcher commented. “I’d be happy to deliver your shopping choices to you at the event … or you can shop online at the event and I’ll go and pick up your ornaments for you. This is a unique opportunity for Celebrate365 and we are happy to be participating!”
Glohio’s event won’t be just about shopping. It’s also a unique educational opportunity. Glow members will offer three focused lectures along with one make-it, take-it workshop. Former Glow president Mike Ciancio will speak about Thomas Nast and the Christmas illustrations for which is he famous. What would the Christmas tree be without lights? Greg Gregory will offer a brief history of “lighting” the tree from candlelight to electric lights. What about the toys under the tree? Jim Thomas will talk about Germany’s Erzgebirge region and one of its best-known Christmas antiques, the wooden Noah’s Ark. Nikki Beltz will let visitors try their hand at making vintage-style Moravian stars. Learn how simple strips of paper can be folded and woven into a three-dimensional star that German families used to decorate their Christmas trees.
This first meeting of the Ohio Chapter of the Golden Glow of Christmas Past is expected to draw visitors and exhibitors from surrounding states including Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York and Indiana. The cost to attend all the educational sessions plus the marketplace is $5 per person, payable at the door.For more information about the event, call Apple Tree Gallery at 937-773-1801 during store hours or use the Celebrate365 contact tab here at the top of the page.See you in Piqua!
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