Shenandoah’s holiday tradition
Shenandoah welcomes holiday season with twist to annual Black Friday celebration
“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.
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.