Geauga County Holiday Passport Tour 2011 & Christmas in the Country Holiday Open Houses

November 10th thru December 10th, 2011 Pick up your Holiday passport rack card today at any of the fourteen participating Middlefield area shops who make up this year’s Christmas in the Country. Visit each of the businesses, get your passport stamped, enter their in-store raffle, and check out their holiday gift ideas. After you get your holiday passport stamped at all 14 shops, write your name, number and address on the back and leave it at the last shop visited. With this entry you now have a chance to win 1 of 3 Holiday gift baskets. You may start your passport adventure today to locate the Christmas in the Country shops and to get your passport stamped, but please come back the first two weekends of December and enjoy the open houses. Passports must be turned in by Saturday December 10th , please call ahead as all shops have varying hours.

The Christmas in the Country Open House takes place Friday and Saturday December 2, 3, 9 and 10 from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. for most. We will be offering Christmas in the Country Open House specials, refreshments, raffles and more. Country Arts & Jewelry has a Chinese Raffle table set up selling tickets for the chance to win many great gifts & baskets from all over Geauga County. This event will be on going through Dec. 10th from 10am-5pm daily. Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen will host a Chinese Auction on December 3rd tickets $15.00 with box lunch and tickets. Tickets also available day of event from 3pm-5pm.

On Saturday Dec. 3rd. You can finish the evening by joining in on a 1st Annual Holiday Wreath Silent Auction at Crossroads Country Cafe, Local area businesses donate decorated wreaths and you can view them between Nov. 29th & Dec. 3rd. On Saturday at 6:00pm a social hour with wine and hor d’oeuvres will begin with the silent auction at 7pm. This event sponsored by the East Geauga Kiwanis Club.

The fourteen shops of the 2011 Christmas in the Country are:

Middlefield Cheese 440 632-5228 featuring their holiday gift boxes and trays to take home or ship;

The Craft Cupboard 440 632-5787 offers holiday craft projects, card making, home decorating and holiday gifts;

Tiny Stitches Quilt Shop 440 632-9410 is filled with quilts, placemats, fabric, books and patterns, with great gifts for the home, visit them at Settler’s Village of shops;

Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen 440 632-1939 where you can enjoy Amish cooking family style, and every meal smells, tastes and feels like a holiday feast, don’t forget to shop their bakery and gift shop;

Warm up at J.M.J. Enterprises 440 632-0780 where they offer a full line of alternative heating fireplace inserts, free standing wood/pellet stoves, and more;

Country Collections Antique Mall 440 632-1712 stroll through 4500sq.ft. of formal, country, farm, & primitive furnishings for any collector;

Countryside Furnishings & Amish Gifts 440 632-0248 features Amish hand-crafted furniture and gifts that last a lifetime;

Country Arts and Jewelry Southwestern Bead Shoppe 440 632-5343 is a shop filled with treasures of unique, one-of- a-kind jewelry, crystals, pottery, and gifts, be sure to visit the bead and jewelry making section ;

Rennaisance and Rainbows Stained Glass 440 632-0800 creates customs windows and doors, unique gifts, classes and stained glass repairs;

Crossroads Country Café 440 632-0191 offers home- style cooking, homemade pies and desserts. They offer sit- down breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also have a Party room & catering is available;

White House Chocolates 440 834-3133 creates Delicious Holiday treats of milk chocolate, rich dark chocolates, and fresh hand-made fudge, truffles, and chewy caramels, chocolate covered pretzels, and Sugar-free candies;

Maggie’s Donuts 440 632-5222 offers the best Apple Fritters, donuts, brownies and muffins. Enjoy a cup of coffee or cappuccino;

Amish Home Craft and Bakery 440 632-1888 serves up fresh bakery featuring fry pies, they also sell hand-woven baskets, placemats, rugs, wooden puzzles, Amish made quilts & gifts.;

Sparrow Christian Bookshop 440 632-0011 is a full service Christian Book store offering Bibles, music, cards, gifts & laser printing.

These fourteen shops will offer old-fashion holiday service and the charm and hospitality of yesteryear. If you are looking for unique gifts without the crowds, come shop 2011 Christmas in the Country Holiday Open House & Tour, where you can help us support Shop with a Cop and Middlefield Cares!( Food Pantry) by buying a raffle ticket at any of the in-store raffles for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. To take a chance on our Grand Prize this year stop at one or both of these two businesses: Middlefield Cheese House on Rt. 608 (Old State Rd.), & Country Arts and Jewelry on Nauvoo Rd.,are selling in store raffle tickets and Grand Prize tickets for a chance to win a sleigh ride from Ma and Pa’s, dinner for two from Mary Yoder’s Amish Kitchen, and an overnight stay at The Red Maple Inn. The tickets can be purchased for $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00. All monies collected will go to support the two police charities listed above. These shops will also take in canned goods and new toys to give to the local food cupboard which supports Middlefield and the surrounding area.

We appreciate your business and we thank you for supporting small businesses during this holiday season. We wish you a Happy Holiday Season from 2011 Christmas in the Country! For more information call Debbie at Country Arts and Jewelry 440 632 5343 or www.TourGeauga.com 1-800-775-TOUR * or 440-632-1538

(Submitted by Lynda Nemeth, Geauga County Tourism)

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