Shenan­doah’s hol­i­day tra­di­tion

Shenan­doah wel­comes hol­i­day sea­son with twist to an­nual Black Fri­day cel­e­bra­tion

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY ED­I­TOR eped­di­gree@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com

“We just thought maybe it was time for some­thing dif­fer­ent. We have been do­ing Dick­ens for over 10 years as we know it.”

Mary Lus­cav­age, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Down­town Shenan­doah Inc.

Ev­ery Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, will usher in the Christ­mas spirit tonight in Shenan­doah.

“Christ­mas in Whoville” will be­gin at 5:30 p.m. at Amer­i­can Le­gion-Me­mo­rial Gar­den, 116N. Main St. The free pro­gram is based on Dr. Seuss’ hol­i­day clas­sic “How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas,” which tells the story of the Grinch and his plan to steal Christ­mas from the Whos in Whoville. Ul­ti­mately, the Grinch learns the true spirit of the hol­i­day, which does not come in pack­ages, boxes or bags.

Mary Lus­cav­age, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Down­town Shenan­doah Inc., said the Grinch is re­plac­ing Charles Dick­ens’ “A Christ­mas Carol” in the an­nual Black Fri­day event. She said DSI’s Pro­mo­tions Com­mit­tee had been kick­ing around the idea for a fewyears and de­cided it was the right time to re­tire “A Dick­ens Christ­mas.”

“We just thought maybe it was time for some­thing dif­fer­ent. We have been do­ing Dick­ens for over 10 years aswe knowit,” Lus­cav­age said.

The show will fol­low an orig­i­nal script by Dane Rooney, for­mer Shenan­doah Val­ley drama teacher. Lus­cav­age said the script stays true to Dr. Seuss’ version and in­cludes nar­ra­tion by The Cat in the Hat.

Lus­cav­age said when the de­ci­sion was made to switch the show, the Grinch was a prime can­di­date due to its sim­plic­ity. She said the Who res­i­dents wear ca­sual clothes which was easy for cos­tumes and the Grinch will be­made with makeup be­cause a mask would muf­fle the ac­tor’s speech.

Dur­ing the show, the light­ing of the Christ­mas tree will be held.

In ad­di­tion to the Grinch vi­gnettes, the event will in­clude horse-drawn trol­ley rides to Gi­rard Park to see the an­nual light­ing dis­play.

Lus­cav­age said DSI worked with the Greater Shenan­doah Area Cham­ber of Commerce to com­bine the ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We are part­ner­ing to­gether to make it a big thing,” she said.

Lus­cav­age said cast mem­bers from the Grinch vi­gnettes will sing Christ­mas carols on the trol­ley rides and at the park. Riders will be able to walk around the park be­fore get­ting a re­turn trip to An­thony P. Dam­ato Amer­i­can Le­gion “Medal of Honor” Post 792 for hot chocolate and cook­ies with Santa.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call DSI at 570-462-2060.

This morn­ing, Santa and his elves will make their grand en­trance into the bor- ough fromthe sky. Ateeco Inc., maker of Mrs. T’s Piero­gies, will host the an­nual sky­div­ing en­trance at Shenan­doah Val­ley School Dis­trict’s Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

The sta­dium gates open at 10:30 a.m., with Santa’s en­trance at noon. The com­mu­nity pa­rade will fol­low the ar­rival of Santa.

JACQUELINE DORMER/STAFF PHOTO

Mrs. Claus, played by Sue Swearhart, and her Elf, played by An­thony Sekula Jr., sing Christ­mas carols dur­ing last year’s cel­e­bra­tion at the An­thony P. Dam­ato Amer­i­can Le­gion “Medal of Honor” Post 792. This year’s fes­tiv­i­ties will be­gin at 5:30 p.m. to­day.

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