Chocolate-lovers will find Olde Pickerington Village a very hospitable destination Friday, May 9.
That is when downtown Pickerington will open its arms and embrace all things chocolate at the "Olde Village Chocolate Hop" from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The event, celebrating its fourth year, will serve as a fundraiser for both the Olde Pickerington Village Business Association and the PCMA Food Pantry.
"We are partnering with the local food pantry this year and a portion of the proceeds will go to them," said Peggy Portier of the OPVBA.
"The rest of the proceeds benefit our Olde Village community events," Portier said.
For a donation of $5, chocolate lovers will receive a map of at least 13 businesses in the Olde Village.
Each business on the map will then bequeath a chocolate treat as a way of saying "thank you" for the donation, said Portier.
"We think this would make a great Mother's Day gift," she said.
"Moms always love spending a little time with their kids," Portier said.
"Why not spend a couple of hours strolling the Olde Village and getting special treats?" she asked.
Only 350 maps are available for the tour, so organizers are advising those who want to attend to make their donations in advance.
"We sold out last year," said Portier.
Patrons can donate and get a ticket receipt in advance from Olde Pickerington Village businesses including:
• Deblin Design, 18 E. Columbus St.
• The Hair Boutique, 37 E. Columbus St.
• Ritzy Rose, 18 W. Columbus St.
• David Beckham Photography, 6 Lockville Road.
PCMA Food Pantry volunteers are also accepting donations.
"We're happy to be working with the PCMA Food Pantry this year," Portier said.
"They are a worthwhile charity and located right here in the Olde Village."
Maps can be picked up during the event at the Olde Village Plaza tent located at the intersection of Columbus and Center Streets.
For more information about the Olde Pickerington Village Chocolate Hop, go to www.pickeringtonvillage.com or call (614) 321-8221.