A book release party to celebrate the completion of “The Story of Archie the Talking Snowman” will take place Saturday, July 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the third floor of Summit Artspace (140 E. market St.) in downtown Akron.
Akron resident Joanna Wilson, the co-author of “A is for Akron” and author of Tis the Season TV, announces the release of her new local history/nostalgia book “The Story of Archie the Talking Snowman: Akron’s History of Christmas Attractions,” July 25. The Story of Archie is a trip down memory lane for Akronites, a detailed history about the much-loved, 20-foot tall holiday icon that proudly stood and spoke with children each Christmas at Chapel Hill Mall for more than three decades.
Archie’s story would not be complete without an accounting of Akron’s rich history of downtown Christmas attractions, including the yearly window displays put out by the department stores Polsky’s and ONeil’s. This competitive retail environment led to an escalating demand for shoppers’ attention by malls such as Chapel Hill, Summit Mall and Rolling Acres, which in turn created their own eye-catching, breath-taking annual Christmas attractions like Archie the Talking Snowman. The decades-long tradition of Christmas attractions in the Rubber City continues each year in downtown to the pleasure and excitement of our youngest residents and to the warm glow of nostalgia for Akron’s grownups. Relive the memories of Akron’s own unique Christmas cultural past with “The Story of Archie” book, coming this July.
The party is open to the public and admission is free. The Christmas in July party is a social gathering and everyone’s first chance to see the new book. The author will be there signing copies. Since “The Story of Archie” is an Akron history book, the party will be an Akron-centric experience, featuring food from Urban Eats, NORKA Beverage soft drinks, beer from Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., and more. Residents are encouraged to attend and join the Christmas in July celebration.