Attention Tom, Dick, Harry and Virginia! We are pleased to tell you that, Yes! There will be a dropping of the popcorn ball in downtown Chagrin Falls this New Year’s Eve.

After a year’s pause due to COVID-19, we can now announce another gigantic edible popcorn ball will be lowered from the top of the Triangle Park flagpole at precisely, or somewhere in the neighborhood of, midnight and the start of 2022.

And just when you thought the hefty orb could get no more magnificent, this year’s edition is promised to be “bigger and better.”

That’s according to our man on Main Street Dewey Forward, aka “King Kernel,” proprietor of the Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop, that landmark sliver on the river responsible for assembling the oversized popcorn ball, with help from the folks at the shop’s kitchen in Auburn Township.

There is a new wrinkle. This year’s party in the park will be formally advertised by original artwork.

As you read this, seven young artists from Dawn Serazin’s computer graphics class at Chagrin Falls High School are each busy designing a poster for this year’s drop.

The winning entry will be displayed in area store windows, but first it is up to us to choose. Details are pending but voting will be by paper ballots and smart phones.

The grand prize winner will be announced Dec. 15. The design will also be made into a label attached to packages of this year’s special edition flavor “The Popcorn Ball Drop Pop.”

The top poster prize is a $50 cash award and goody bag of PCS treats. All participants will get goodies from the shop.

Vying for the recognition are senior class artists – Preston O’Connor, Sam Partain, Ryan Reid; junior classmates Shelby Brett, Logan Holmes and Liam Radcliffe and sophomore Dylan Babic.

An annual tip of the hat goes to Sally Florkiewicz whose fertile imagination birthed the idea after seeing a documentary about the annual “possum drop” tradition in Brasstown, North Carolina.

Meanwhile, and elsewhere in downtown Chagrin Falls, the Chagrin Falls merchant association is planning several holiday attractions.

Santa Claus will be all ears and waiting in Triangle Park for kids to tell him what they want for Christmas. He will be there Dec. 4, 11 and 18 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Entertainment will be courtesy of the members of Give Chagrin Valley Women’s League.

Businesses will be open until 8 p.m. for Late Night Thursdays Dec. 9, 16 and 23. Chagrin Falls loves animals and there is the opportunity to have family pets photographed with Santa in Triangle Park between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 19.

Dec. 23, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. is CFMA’s “Last Minute Local” offering shopping and gift wrapping. Santa will make an appearance and there will be a deejay to set the tone and warm things up for tardy gift seekers.

And what would the holidays be around here without free carriage rides through Chagrin Falls. Thank plaza shops for the treat. The horse drawn carriage will depart and arrive at the corner of CVS and Changes hair salon between 1-4 p.m. Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.

One more thing all parents should know about. That Santa letter mailbox at the front of Riverside Park really works! Thanks to the Chagrin Valley Jaycees Santa will receive, read and he and his elves will answer as many as possible as long as they are posted early enough.

Writing letters takes time even for Santa and his helpers. Don’t forget to add a return address. Of course, he knows where every child lives but the United States Postal Service still needs directions.

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