Santa skydive on black Friday
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.