Wye Road Bridge Lighting, Santa Arrival Herald Bath’s Holiday Season


A favorite Thanksgiving tradition in Bath is the annual Wye Road Bridge Lighting and Santa Arrival, courtesy of the Bath Business Association (BBA). 

This family friendly, free-of-charge event takes place at the Wye Road Bridge, near The Bake Shop in Ghent, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, this year on Nov. 25, starting at 5:30 p.m.

“This is the 18th year for what has become a Bath holiday tradition,” said Nancy Fay, BBA co-president, chair of the event and owner of The Bake Shop in Ghent. “It’s one way our 84 BBA members ‘give back’ to the community, by planning, organizing, and contributing to this event.”  

The section of Wye Road along the bridge takes on the look of a winter fairyland with garlands and lights draping the bridge and the decorated Christmas tree ready to be lit up during the evening festivities. Caroling from the porch of The Bake Shop will precede the lights being turned on just about the time Santa Claus arrives in his “sleigh.”  It then becomes a Pied-Piper scenario as Santa leads children of all ages to his post under the tent in the parking lot, where he’ll spend the evening listening to the holiday wishes of all.

“We have the best Santa Claus in the world. A man who looks more like Santa Claus than the real Santa Claus,” said Fay. “It’s always gratifying for us to see how much fun and enjoyment this brings to the children and families taking part.” 

Mingling among the crowd will be Rudolph, the Red-Nose Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman, both adding to the winter-wonderland ambiance. Gift bags, stuffed with holiday themed goodies donated by BBA members, will be handed out to the younger attendees.  Holiday cookies, courtesy of Vaughn & Company Salon, along with coffee and hot chocolate, compliments of The Bake Shop in Ghent, will be available under another tent, while a third tent will be the site for crafts and activities for the children awaiting their turn to visit Santa Claus.

“We’re always grateful for the support we receive for the Bridge Lighting from the township,” said Jody Konstand, BBA co-president. “This holiday event runs so smoothly because of the assistance from Bath’s police, fire and service departments, as well as the Bath trustees and township Administrator and Police Chief Vito Sinopoli.”

The tradition of the Wye Road Bridge Lighting and Santa Arrival is an effort of the BBA to promote the unique and distinctive businesses in Bath, many of which are BBA members, especially during this time of the year.

“It’s our way to encourage residents to enhance their holiday shopping experience by shopping locally,” said Konstand. “It’s a great way to support the businesses of your friends and neighbors right here in Bath!”

For details about the Wye Road Bridge Lighting, call 330-666-3347.

Bath Community Garage Sale -

Start planning for the 10th Annual Bath Community Garage Sale, which will take place this year on Saturday, June 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Sponsored by the Bath Business Association (BBA) and in cooperation with Bath Township, the annual community garage sale typically features from 50 to more than 100 individual participating locations, scattered throughout Bath, and located by garage-sale aficionados through a Garage Sale map published in the West Side Leader on the Thursday prior to the sale, this year in the June 9 edition of the paper.


Cost to participate in the Bath Community Garage Sale is $20, and participation is limited to residents and/or businesses in Bath Township. 


Registration forms for the garage sale will be in the May issue of the Bath Country Journal and posted on the BBA website by late April. Registration forms will also be available starting in late April at The Bake Shop in Ghent, 800 Wye Road, and Colonial Pharmacy, 1915 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road. DOWNLOAD FORM HERE


New this year, The Bath Church is offering part of their back parking lot available to anyone who wishes to participate in the garage sale but not at their personal residence. Use the available registration form, however, list the Church address of 3980 W. Bath Road as your garage sale site. There are a limited number of these spots, so availability is on a first-registered, first-able-to-use basis.


Registration deadline will be Friday, May 27.  For details, call 330-666-3347.



Every other year or so, the Bath Business Association sponsors the Bath Cookie Tour, an innovative Christmas holiday treat that combines a visit to Bath-area business and cultural destinations, holiday shopping at locally owned businesses and stores, the chance to check out holiday decorations and/or touring opportunities, and munch on a pre-wrapped holiday cookie at each stop. The ticket price for this excursion pays for a beautifully printed souvenir recipe program/guide with cookie recipes as well as information about each business or destination on the tour.  

Like the Bath Community Garage Sale, net proceeds from the tour help to fund the BBA annual Scholarship.

The next Bath Cookie Tour is scheduled for the holiday season of 2020.


BBA Scholarship

In concert with its mission to promote and encourage business in Bath, the Bath Business Association annually awards scholarship monies to a graduating high school senior living in Bath and planning to pursue a business-related major in an accredited college, university or technical school. In addition to living in Bath and planning to study in a business-related field, applicants should have at least a 2.5 GPA; the scholarship committee also looks at extracurricular activities, community involvement, work experience and need as factors influencing the scholarship selection. The scholarship application is available through area high school guidance offices and some local business outlets as well as accessible on-line at the BBA website.



BATH TWP. – March 7, 2021 – For the eighth annual year, the Bath Business Association will offer a scholarship to a graduating high school senior living in Bath and planning to pursue a business-related major at an accredited college, university or technical school.

            “The mission statement of the BBA is to promote and encourage business in Bath,” said Don Corbett, chair of the BBA’s Scholarship Committee. “One of the best ways we can do this with the next generation of entrepreneurs is to provide a scholarship to help them achieve their business education.”

            The scholarship this year will be a one-time, $1,000 award, said Corbett. During the past seven years, the BBA has awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds to selected students, with the scholarship amounts based on funds the BBA is able to raise specifically for that purpose.

            “The Bath community’s participation in the annual Bath Community Garage Sale helps to generate the proceeds that fund the annual scholarship amount,” said Corbett. “Because there was no garage sale last year due to the pandemic, our funding stream for the scholarship was diminished, so the award this year will be $1,000.  While we wish it could be more, we know any amount will help candidates like those we’ve helped in the past.”

            In addition to living in Bath and planning to study in a business-related field, applicants should have at least a 2.5 GPA.  Extracurricular activities, community involvement, work experience, and financial need will also factor into the selection process.

           The scholarship application is available from counselors in the Guidance Offices at area schools, including Archbishop Hoban, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Our Lady of the Elms, Revere, St. Vincent-St. Mary, and Walsh Jesuit The application is available here or at The Bake Shop in Ghent, 800 Wye Road, during regular business hours.


The application deadline is April 23, and the scholarship recipient will be notified no later than mid-May.  For more information, call 330-807-0725.


Bath Welcome Bags
The Bath Business Association is responsible for distributing Welcome Bags to new residents coming into Bath Township. The listing of people moving into the community is provided to the BBA on a monthly basis by township officials. Welcome bags – filled with township information as well as small gifts items, discount coupons, and information about the BBA-member businesses – are then delivered to the new residents by a BBA member.  Business-related information, such as brochures, coupons, business cards or promotional items – is limited to BBA members. For more information, please contact Chris Parsons at 330-861-3529; Marie Dusini at 330-836-2552 or Nancy Fay at 330-666-3347.


Wye Road Bridge Lighting and Santa Arrival - CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO PANDEMIC

Annually, for the past 16 years, the BBA has sponsored this event on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Families and community members gather at the site of the Wye Road Bridge as a way to usher in the holiday season. There is the bridge and Christmas tree lighting; caroling; cookies, hot chocolate and coffee; goody bags for the young people; visits from Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and the Hale Farm & Village costumed interpreters and always the much-anticipated arrival of Santa Claus.  Children line up to meet with Santa and to share their holiday wishes as the culmination of one of Bath’s seasonal, holiday traditions.




During its nearly 20-year history and in addition to the above, the BBA has been involved in a number of township projects and events including:

  • Township-wide Candidates’ Nights/Forums

  • Compilation and publication of the Bath Township Directory

  • BBA-sponsored Zoning Forum in cooperation with Bath Township Zoning Department

  • Participation in Bath Community Day festivities

  • “Adoption” of a needy family or families living in the Bath community during the Christmas holiday season

  • Providing speakers and role models for the Revere High School business classes