$n$ Dayton greets holidays



The Magic of Christmas: Smiling snow people and an upside-down Christmas tree decorate a window of Patit Valley Products. Downtown Dayton stores are decorated in preparation for the annual Christmas Kick-off Friday and Saturday.

DAYTON - Live music, fireworks, two live performances of "The Music Man" and a visit with Santa are just a few of the events and activities available for Christmas shoppers in downtown Dayton Friday and Saturday.

For the second year, a lighted parade will delight crowds Friday evening, followed by a fireworks show that promises to be extra special with snow on the ground.

Theme this year is "In the Town That Still Believes."

The event is sponsored by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, and many businesses will be offering holiday goodies to shoppers.

Anniversaries are being observed during the weekend.

The Touchet Valley Arts Council Productions celebrates its 10th year with an encore of "The Music Man."

The Wenaha Gallery marks its 17th year with an artist reception featuring Andrea Lyman.

Artists' works can also be viewed at Gallery at the Weinhard and the Dayton Historic Depot. The Weinhard features artists Jill Ingram and Monica Stobie. At the Depot, artists include Steve Henderson, Marilyn Banz, Jackie Penner, Viola Bramhall and Paul Strohbehn.

The Depot will feature free admission, artisan gifts and homemade candies.

Outside the Depot, visitors can admire the town's new sculpture, "The Stationmaster," by local artist Keith McMasters, while waiting to catch a ride in a mule-drawn wagon.

Two local wineries are offering wine tasting activities. Dayton's newest winery, Dayton Wine Works, 507 E. Main St., and Dumas Station Winery, 4 miles west of Dayton on U.S. Highway 12, will be open both days.

Events begin at 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday when Home Baked Goodness opens its doors at 309 E. Main St. Featured products include specialty candy.

Most stores open at 9 a.m., and some will stay open until 9 p.m.


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