Grinch re­turns to Shenan­doah

Shenan­doah wel­comes hol­i­day sea­son

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY ED­I­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570- 628- 6002

Shenan­doah is set to cel­e­brate its evening Black Fri­day fes­tiv­i­ties un­der a new county her­itagein­spired name.

The re­vi­tal­iza­tion group Down­town Shenan­doah Inc. is set to spon­sor a new event called a Coal Cracker Christ­mas to­day at two lo­ca­tions.

Start­ing at 5:30 p.m. at the Amer­i­can Le­gion An­thony P. Dam­ato “Medal of Honor” Post 792, 116N. Main St., and its ad­ja­cent Memo­rial Gar­den, therewill be short plays from “A Christ­mas in Whoville,” fea­tur­ing the Grinch, aswell as hot cho­co­late, cook­ies and a tree- light­ing cer­e­mony, ac­cord­ing to DSI Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Mary Lu sc av age.

“The Grinch is a short adap­ta­tion writ­ten by former Shenan­doah Val­ley teacher Dane Rooney from the orig­i­nal. He added some orig­i­nal ideas. The Shenan­doah Val­ley stu­dents are the ac­tors. Most are in drama. We have a stu­dent, Kayla Papa, who does all the makeup,” Lus­cav­age said.

From there, Lus­cav­age said, guests have the op­tion of tak­ing horse- drawn car­riage rides, in­clud­ing to Gi­rard Park, where the Greater Shenan­doah Area Cham­ber of Com­merce Light up the Park group is set to daz­zle spec­ta­tors with their Christ­mas- light dis­play. The spec­ta­cle could eas­ily be seen by mo­torists trav­el­ing along Route 924 through the bor­ough.

Also dur­ing the Coal Cracker Christ­mas, win­ners will be called who bought raf­fle tick­ets for two bi­cy­cles and hel­mets, do­nated by at­tor­ney Jim Amato, Shenan­doah, amem­ber of Fanelli, Evans& Pa­tel P. C ., Pot ts ville.

Other Black Fri­day events go­ing on in the bor­ough in­clude the Santa Drop, where old St. Nick sky­dives into Shenan­doah Val­ley’ s Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Sta­dium, spon­sored by Ateeco Inc., maker of Mrs. T’s Piero­gies; Santa’s ven­ture through town aboard a fire truck, with mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment by the Shenan­doah Val­ley High School Band; and, even­tu­ally, Santa will stop to visit lo­cal chil­dren, spon­sored by the bor­ough po­lice depart­ment.

Com­ing up next on DSI’s hol­i­day cal­en­dar is the Kiel­basi- Piero­gie drop— a New Year’s ball drop but for the Pol­ish and proud—at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at Amer­i­can Le­gion Memo­rial Gar­den.

For­more in­for­ma­tion, call the DSI of­fice at 570- 462- 2060 or email dsi@ down­town shenan­doah inc. com. More in­for­ma­tion also is avail­able on­line at www.down­town­shenan­doahinc.com.

JAC­QUE­LINE DORMER / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Max the Dog, por­trayed by Rocco Ro­guskie, catches presents tossed to him by The Grinch, por­trayed by Hunter Breznik, top, dur­ing last year’s “Christ­mas in Whoville.” This year’s event will be­gin at 5: 30 p. m. to­day at Amer­i­can Le­gion Memo­rial Gar­den of the An­thony P. Dam­ato Amer­i­can Le­gion “Medal of Honor” Post 792 in Shenan­doah.

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