October 27 2022

Fall and Holiday Arts Programs Are Abundant at Your MetroParks

As the greenery of summer leaves and gives way to the colors of autumn and winter, we can tend to pull back from our engagement with nature. But to the contrary, autumn and winter provide a plethora of opportunities to explore nature — and, at Five Rivers MetroParks, your artistic side.

From photography to arts and crafts to painting, many aspects of this time of year create new ways to scratch that artistic itch so it doesn’t go into hibernation. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of MetroParks’ art-related programs.

Click the program titles to register (if required) or call 937-275-PARK (7275).


Fiber Arts Meetup

  • When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Dec. 6 and Jan. 6
  • Where: Possum Creek MetroPark, Possum Creek Education Building, 4790 Frytown Rd.
  • Cost: Free

Bring your knitting needles, wool, cotton, acrylic or flax and join a bevy of people who love fiber.

DIY Holiday Decor: Upcycled Ice Skate Door Hanger

  • When: Thursday, Dec. 8, 6 to 8 p.m. (program L159)
  • Where: 2nd Street Market, 600 E. Second St.
  • Cost: $25; registration required
  • All ages

In collaboration with 2nd Street Market vendor Consider the Lilies, participants will create a custom-made door hanger peppered with local greenery using upcycled ice skates from the MetroParks Ice Rink. All participants will receive a free admission at the skating rink, a value of $8.

For the Family Photographer

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m. (program L116)
  • Where: Cox Arboretum MetroPark: Fifth Third Conference Room, 6733 Springboro Pike

With upcoming family gatherings for the holiday season come family photos. Learn how to take great photos with the family. Be prepared to move, as participants will act as models.

Artisan Night at the Market

  • When: Thursday, Dec. 15, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (program L100)
  • Where: 2nd Street Market, 600 E. Second St.
  • Cost: Free
  • All ages

As the holiday season rears its head, we are all trying to find a way to find unique gifts for friends and family. Enjoy a night of shopping from our vendors with product lists on hand to help with the search for that perfect gift.

Blooms in Wintertime

  • When: Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m. (program L118)
  • Where: Cox Arboretum MetroPark: Fifth Third Conference Room, 6733 Springboro Pike
  • Cost: $20; registration required
  • Ages: 18 and older

Even in winter, we can create beautiful images of the plants around our house and fill our lives with color again. Bring a camera and a temperament for the colors of summer.

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