Santa sky­dive on black Fri­day

The Republican Herald - - BUSINESS -

SHENAN­DOAH — Black Fri­day, Nov. 23, will again be a day­long event in the com­mu­nity as Santa “drops” from the sky at noon and then rides through town aboard a fire truck. Peo­ple will also get to en­joy a Coal Cracker Christ­mas later in the day with myr­iad skits and events, in­clud­ing horse- drawn trol­ley rides, spon­sored by the re­vi­tal­iza­tion group Down­town Shenan­doah Inc.

In a spec­ta­cle that has be­come a must- see for lo­cal res­i­dents and vis­i­tors, Santa will sky­dive into the Shenan­doah Val­ley School Dis­trict’s Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Sta­dium, spon­sored by Ateeco Inc., Shenan­doah, maker of Mrs. T’s Piero­gies.

The sta­dium gates will open at 10: 30 a. m. in prepa­ra­tion for the drop. Santa will greet the chil­dren on hand and then ride aboard a fire truck through the bor­ough. If weather con­di­tions are un­fa­vor­able, Santa will ar­rive at the sta­dium in a fire truck be­fore parad­ing through Shenan­doah.

Thomas Twardzik, Ateeco pres­i­dent, said he re­mem­bers Santa’s parachutes into Shenan­doah years ago at Main and Washington streets when he was a young boy. The tra­di­tion sub­se­quently went on hia­tus and Twardzik later sought to re­vive it — and to re­live his mem­o­ries — but with the sta­dium as the land­ing point.

Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing Santa’s ar­rival, the jolly gent will make his way through town aboard a fire truck ac­com­pa­nied by the Shenan­doah Val­ley High School Band.

At this point, the bor­ough po­lice depart­ment will be­gin its tra­di­tional spon­sor­ship of the visit from Santa to lo­cal chil­dren as well as the pa­rade through town. The North Pole gen­tle­man will also pro­vide treats for young­sters and the po­lice have ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to lo­cal busi­nesses and the pub­lic for mak­ing con­tri­bu­tions to make it all pos­si­ble.

Any­one wish­ing to aid the ef­fort may make do­na­tions with checks payable to “Shenan­doah Po­lice Depart­ment- Christ­mas Fund” mailed to po­lice head­quar­ters at 25 W. Washington St., Shenan­doah, PA 17976.

DSI will take over fes­tiv­i­ties for the late af­ter­noon/ evening with events on North Main Street at Amer­i­can Le­gion Me­mo­rial Gar­den as well as at Gi­rard Park, where the Greater Shenan­doah Area Cham­ber of Com­merce’s Light Up the Park ini­tia­tive fea­tures a spec­tac­u­lar light dis­play that is eas­ily vis­i­ble for mo­torists along Route 924.

There will also be horse­drawn car­riage rides. Hot choco­late and cook­ies will be avail­able at the An­thony P. Dam­ato Amer­i­can Le­gion “Medal of Honor” Post 792, the front of which is DSI’S head­quar­ters.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the DSI of­fice at 570- 4622060 or email dsi@ down­town­shenan­doahinc. com. More in­for­ma­tion also is avail­able on­line at down­town­shenan­doahinc. com.

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