Author Joanna Wilson will lead a walking tour and discussion of Akron’s history of downtown Christmas window displays and attractions, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.
From her research on Akron retailers’ Christmas attractions, which resulted in the book “Story of Archie the Talking Snowman,” Wilson uncovered the 100-year history of the breath-taking, eye-catching Christmas displays that filled the windows of such retailers as O’Neil’s, Polsky’s and Yeagers. This year’s discussion will focus on the more outrageous and memorable Christmas window themes and in-store walk-through attractions by retailers in Akron’s long history.
Displays will include the Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Cabbage Patch Dolls and Peter Pan. The group also will talk about the annual Journey to Bethlehem windows at the Mayflower, the corner window displays at Polsky’s, and the displays at the Landmark Building.
The group will meet in front of the windows at the former O’Neil’s department store (next to the main entrance at Lock 3), 200 S. Main St. The talk will go on rain or shine — so bring an umbrella, if necessary.
After the talk, Wilson will be available to sell copies of her book “Story of Archie the Talking Snowman,” ($20) which details this history of Akron’s Christmas window displays. Books may also be purchased at www.1701press.com.