MIKAL Salon and Spa Software Gives Back to the Local Community with Support for Ripley Ohio River Village Christmas Weekend
Ripley Ohio is a small community (population 1800) with a big Christmas spirit. The entire village pulls together to create a weekend of activities that epitomize small town America. MIKAL Salon and Spa Software helps with this community event by doing all of the advertising and coordination for the weekend.
Fred stated "The weekend started with the Library Tree Lighting held at the library annex. The building was packed with parents and friends of the RULH choir and first responders who attended to be recognized. Reverend James Settles performed the opening prayer and a special prayer for our first responders. The Ripley Fire Department and JROTC Color Guards displayed their flags and their own Little Miss and Mr. River Village Christmas Oaklynn Benjamin and Carter Berry along with Brooklynn Parker the reigning National Jr. Preteen Queen for America’s Natural Supreme Beauties pageant system presented plaques to all first responder units attending."
Ripley's esteemed mayor was escorted to the light the tree by the Color Guards and our Little Miss, Mr. and pageant queen. The hot chocolate social was a big hit and the Friends of the Library book sale had a busy night. Dulcimers entertained the shoppers and coco drinkers with wonderful Holiday music. Saturday morning started with pancakes at Rockin’ Robins and Santa at the First State Bank. Santa had a busy morning with children on his knee and even some adults who had special requests. All the children were good this year so it looks like everyone is going to have a Merry Christmas! The decorations at the Olde Piano Factory and Ripley Florist, and Bristow’s window decorations were beautiful and Christmas Trees with ornaments made by RULH and St. Michael school children were on display at many of our local merchants. The Olde Barn Primitives treated shoppers to home made fudge and there were many treats to enjoy around town. The Nazarene Church Craft Show included over a dozen vendors with unique gifts and presents and the new visitor center at the Rankin House was busy. The Angel Tree at the Ripley Museum was packed with memorial angels. Thanks to everyone who ordered an angel! The afternoon featured the quilt turning at Judith’s Attic Antiques and as evening settled in the lighted trees at the Parker Park and the luminaries set out by the RUHL FFA and lit by the RUHL JROTC made a beautiful and peaceful picture with the new falling snow! The evening was capped off with the ever popular Community Concert featuring our community choir, solos, and music by RULH and St Michael students along with the amazing Felgemaker organ. Fred and MIKAL's efforts were capped the River Village Christmas weekend with a historic shuttle tour of Ripley hosted by Kristel Salisbury-Titius with Dusty Fussnecker of Fussnecker and Sons Tractors pulling the shuttle with one of the largest red tractors we’ve ever seen. Fred would like to thank Judith Gray for assembling the tour information and our Tobacco Museum for the loan of the shuttle.
Giving back to the community is a tradition at MIKAL Salon and Spa Software starting with the Co-Founder Pat Dengler and continuing with her son Fred.