Betty Tamm

Betty Tamm

Betty Tamm

Betty Tamm

Oakland’s favorite season is coming and the town is preparing.

There are glorious fall colors in and around the city, helping it dress up for Halloween. Come and bring kids this evening, Halloween, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Oakland. The businesses are ready with treats, and walking outdoors is a perfect way to enjoy Halloween.

Triple Oak Wine Vault will have hot apple cider and hot mulled wine (cider to go, mulled wine if you come indoors). Other businesses will have treats, candy, and popcorn. For the littlest ones the Church of Christ will have a Halloween party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for anyone from up to 12 years/6th grade. Parents are welcome too.

Next, on Nov. 20 will be Oakland’s “Holiday Sip and Shop.” To herald the holiday season, several businesses will have special activities for this Shop Local Saturday. The Oakland Flour Mill, and Oakland Antiques, will have a winery or brewery in their stores for tastings and purchases.

The Lamplighter will have specials and the Stockyard will be filled with vendors. Many businesses will have door prizes and special sales. The Ice House will showcase all its holiday treasures, including all the baking and kitchen items you might need for holiday baking.

Triple Oak Wine Vault will have a special olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting, with eight different flavors to test, along with its unique wine tasting. Come guess how many corks are in our wine press — closest guess will be unveiled on Dec. 20. Winner will receive a wine and gift basket (must be 21).

Right after Thanksgiving, Oakland will decorate for Christmas. The famous Oakland tree will be installed in the center of the road (at Second and Locust streets) and all the decorations and lights will go up. The official tree lighting ceremony and caroling will be Dec. 4 at 6 p.m., rain, snow or shine. Santa will come and share in the caroling.

Then on Dec. 11, come enjoy a holiday tea at the historic Washington School. Tickets are $25. Tea is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Please call Bette Keehley for information or to reserve a ticket. (541) 580-5561.

Come to Oakland anytime in November and December to look for Nutcrackers and Grinches and enjoy the ambiance of an old-time Christmas. Then relax in one of the cafes and restaurants for lunch, dinner, or a holiday snack. Some businesses are open every day while most are open from Thursday through Sunday.

Betty Tamm is a member of Oakland Economic Development.

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