Christmas Open House set for this weekend
Organizer Maria Bohanan said this weekend's 30th annual Downtown Versailles Christmas Open House will feature more free activities for children. The event, sponsored by the Versailles Merchants Association (VMA), will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Bohanan said 25 downtown businesses are participating in the event, with 15 or so offering sales specials and refreshments. "We've also rented out the Amsden building, on the corner of Court Street and Main Street, as our auxiliary building for Wildside Winery and the farmers' market," Bohanan said. Saturday events include pictures with Santa at Brad Lacefield State Farm Insurance (211 N. Main Street) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a "Stuff your Stocking" event at noon on the front lawn of The Woodford Inn (140 Park Street). "It's basically like an Easter egg hunt, except we provide the kids Christmas stockings, and they can fill them up in the yard. They have to find the candy," Bohanan said. Sunday activities include free carriage rides at the corner of Main and Green streets from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. sponsored by Ruggles Sign. On both days, Jan Frasier Shelter Insurance (149 N. Main Street) will offer a cookie-decorating station and students from the Spark Versailles program will dress as elves and carry treats. Bohanan said for every purchase made from a VMA member, the buyer has a chance to win a "VMA basket" worth more than $500 and including goodies ranging from a night at the Woodford Inn to gift cards from local restaurants. Bohanan, who's been the chief organizer for Versailles Christmas Event since opening Pretty in Pink (173 N. Main Street) in 2010, said there's plenty of credit to go around. "We (the VMA) have a good group of people. It's not me that does it - I am just the one that makes the calls and does the talking," Bohanan said. "We do it to make it fun for everybody and to be the kickoff for the Christmas shopping (season)."