Sweetapple’s live nativity

Every year just before Christmas there’s a special reenactment that occurs in the barn of Sweetapple Farm.

“Three churches help us put this on,” said owner Mona Barrett, about the farm’s live nativity sing-along. “And then all of the people come join in with the singing between our readings and have some hot chocolate.”

Some families make it an annual tradition to attend, others join together with their church groups to perform parts.

“The kids look forward to it every year,” said Lisa Short, 42, of Chesterhill. “And our church doesn’t have the numbers to do it on our own anymore so it’s nice to be able to participate in a live nativity and remember the real meaning of Christmas.”

With guitars strumming, people singing, goats bleating and bells ringing for the 15th year the barn on the hill of the farm will be filled with families and friends Friday and Saturday evenings.

“It’s our way of showing appreciation for how much the community has supported us throughout the year,” said Barrett. “It’s free for anyone to come, sing Christmas carols, listen to our readings and talk with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the market.”

The churches involved in the performances both nights are Lighthouse Baptist Church in Vincent, Living Faith Church in Vincent and Church of Christ in Little Hocking.

There will even be homemade pumpkin pie for sale.

“Many families if they have someone coming in from out of town will come out and bring their guest to have the experience too,” said Barrett. “And of course we’ll have our goats out and Ambrose the dog too.”

With plenty of parking, families should have no problem arriving by the first set of singing at 6:20 either night or the second set at 7:20, but the farm will also be open beginning at 5:30 for those who want to explore.

“We have the hay bales already arranged for people to sit on,” added Barrett. “We welcome anyone to join us for really a great night.”

If you go

¯ What: Live Nativity sing-along.

¯ When: Friday and Saturday, singing begins at 6:20 and 7:20 p.m. each night, farm open from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

¯ Where: 149 Sweetapple Road, Vincent.

¯ Who: Free and open to the public.

¯ For information call 740-678-7447.

Source: Mona Barrett, owner of Sweetapple Farm.