Win­ter­fest cel­e­bra­tion to bring com­mu­nity to­gether

The Advance of Bucks County - - YARDLEY-MORRISVILLE AREA - By Petra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

MORRISsILLE BOR­OUGH – Win­ter­fest 2012 prom­ises to be a day-long event chock full of fun and com­mu­nity spirit. The big event will take place on Dec. 1.

The day starts with a break­fast from 8 - 11 a.m. in the Holy Trin­ity School Hall at the cor­ner of Stock­ham Av­enue and Os­born Road, which is known as “The An­gel En­trance.”

Tick­ets for adults are $S and $4 for chil­dren, ages 2 to 10. Reser­va­tions are sug­gested. For reser­va­tions, e-mail Jen­nifer wad­nik at

Mor­risville Win­ter­fest Pa­rade will step out at 10W30 a.m. The pa­rade assem­bles in the park­ing lot at Tem­ple Chris­tiano Jereh at West Coast and Post roads, me­an­ders through the bor­ough and ends at the Mor­risville High School.

7KH SDUDGH UNL­fiHV WKH WRZN, DFFRUGLNJ WR Robin Rei­th­meyer, Mor­risville Win­ter­fest Pa­rade co­or­di­na­tor and a former mem­ber of the Mor­risville School Board.

“It’s truly a com­mu­nity event,” she said. “It brings peo­ple to­gether and it starts the day off.”

Rei­th­meyer en­cour­ages one and all to come out and par­tic­i­pate. “Any­body who wants to be in the pa­rade can be in it,” she said. “It’s not that for­mal.”

Mor­risville’s event is “a good old-fash­ioned small-town pa­rade,” Rei­th­meyer said. It has taken place for about a dozen years.


Mean­while, ac­tiv­i­ties at Mor­risville High School, lo­cated at 399 Cox Ave., will take place from noon to 4 p.m., ac­cord­ing to Luze Wa­ters, 21st Cen­tury Grant events co­or­di­na­tor.

Lunch will be served by se­nior ci­ti­zens in the school cafe­te­ria.

An ele­men­tary school cho­rus will per­form in the high school au­di­to­rium at 12W30 p.m.

At 1 p.m., The Drum Line will per­form. The Drum Line is part of the Mor­risville School District 21st Cen­tury Com­mu­nity Learn­ing Cen­ter (ms­d21stc­clcF. The per­form­ers at­tend an af­ter­school pro­gram where youths are taught bucket drum­ming or how to play ac­tual drums. At 1W30 p.m., there will be a tap per­for­mance. At 2W30 p.m., the ms­d21stc­clc will present the mu­si­cal, “A Christ­mas Carol,” fea­tur­ing stu­dents from the ele­men­tary and high school lev­els.

12W30 - 3W30 p.m., Mr. and Mrs. Claus will greet chil­dren. The kids will have the chance to tell Santa what they want for Christ­mas.

Through­out that time, there will be let­ter writ­ing to Santa. Kids can make rein­deer food and dif­fer­ent kinds of crafts like foam or­na­ments.

In the gym, there will be sport­ing type ac­tiv­i­ties such as bas­ket­ball games. There will be fun car­ni­val style ac­tiv­i­ties and booths.

Also on the lineup is a craft fair which will take place all through the high school. There will be a silent auc­tion. Kids can make crafts for free. Con­ces­sions will be sold by ms­d21stc­clc.

Even last-minute crafters can sign up to par­tic­i­pate in Win­ter­fest ac­tiv­i­ties at the high school. Spa­ces cost $10. To par­tic­i­pate, con­tact events@mv21stc­

The Solid Rock Youth Cen­ter will host an open house from 4 p.m. to S p.m. at the First Bap­tist Church near the in­ter­sec­tion of North Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue and Bridge Street.

From SW30 - 9 p.m., the youth cen­ter will hold its Christ­mas Party for stu­dents in grades S – 12.

There will be a Live Na­tiv­ity at the church and a chil­dren’s show at S p.m.

Af­ter the ac­tiv­i­ties at the high school, chil­dren and their fam­i­lies can pro­ceed to Mor­risville Bor­ough Hall on Union Street for the con­tin­u­a­tion of the town­wide cel­e­bra­tion.

$W 6 S.P., D ERURuJK RI­fiFLDO ZLOO UHDG the “Night Be­fore Christ­mas” in­side bor­ough hall. At SW30 p.m., the group will move down­stairs and to the park­ing lot to wait for Santa and sing Christ­mas carols. The Yardley-Mor­risville Area Ro­tary Club will sell hot­dogs out­side.

The kids will get a kick when Santa FRPHs UROOLnJ uS Rn D fiUH WUuFN. HH ZLOO RI­fiFLDOOy OLJKW WKH CKULsWPDs WUHH. Light re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided. Nancy Sher­lock, bor­ough coun­cil pres­i­dent, hopes there will be a crowd at bor­ough hall. “We’re all happy to con­tinue this tra­di­tion and hopefully ev­ery­one will come out and en­joy a hot­dog with the Ro­tary and sing some Christ­mas carols,” she said.

Nancy Sher­lock, bor­ough coun­cil pres­i­dent, hopes there will be a crowd at bor­ough hall. “We’re all happy to con­tinue this tra­di­tion and hopefully ev­ery­one will come out and en­joy a hot­dog with the Ro­tary and sing some Christ­mas carols,” she said.

Pa­rade co­or­di­na­tor Rei­th­meyer said, “We’ll be go­ing from early in the morn­ing ‘til late at night - all day long.”

She said the Mor­risville Win­ter­fest Pa­rade al­most did not hap­pen last year.

“We found out Elec­tion Night that there wasn’t go­ing to be a pa­rade,” she said, not­ing that many phone calls were made as a re­sult. Funds were raised be­cause of a plethora of e-mails and Face­book.

“We were able to raise $500 in four days,” she said.

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