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What's your favorite? Chocolate? Puppies? I have a seasonal addiction: Christmas lights.
I want to see them all before they disappear for 11 months. Here's one of the best places to view them: Bedford Commons.
In December, tour bus drivers switch from their usual routes to Route 14 (Broadway). They stop so passengers can enjoy the beautiful Square at night.
The Square dates from 1836, when generous Hezekiah Dunham deeded 2.5 acres to Bedford Township "forever." That untamed wilderness was home to deer and wild turkeys, grazing cows and sheep.
Today, festivals, parades and concerts fill the Commons.
No problems with winter since in December the annual "Christmas in Bedford Falls" draws a huge crowd.
Make sure and get out of your car some December evening and walk Bedford Commons' brick paths.
Surrounding the tree-shaded space are 1800s buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bedford's Service Crews string lights on them and on monuments and trees.
The big light-up on Thanksgiving Eve features refreshments and Santa arrives on a fire engine.
The waiting crowd sighs, "Ah" as the lights are switched on and we are reminded of the Holy Birth 2,000 years ago.
Sounds of Christmas music and the glowing peace cast a holiday spell.
Wait! Don't leave yet. At the northwest corner of the Square stands a special treat. It's a life-sized statue of Bedford native Elmer Flick (1876-1971), who played for the Cleveland Naps (before they became the Indians). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1963. Donations paid for the $50,000 memorial.
Flick family and friends, dignitaries and baseball personages including Mike Hargrove attended the dedication ceremony on Sept. 25.
Sculptor Ron Dewey stood to receive honor during the program.
The audience then flocked to the 1874 Bedford Museum, which faces the Square. It's ranked as a top museum in Ohio.
The 3-story building even has an elevator from the parking lot to all floors if stairs aren't your favorite. Bedford Historical Society opened up for this important event.
In this time of constant change -- some good and some bad -- it is comforting to know one place will never change:
Hezekiah Dunham's "forever" gift, Bedford Commons with its Christmas lights and memorials, and the brand new tribute to Elmer Flick for sports lovers to view any time.