An old- fash­ioned Christ­mas: Cel­e­brate in Ash­land

Old- Fash­ioned Christ­mas set for Satur­day in Ash­land

The Republican Herald - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK

Ahol­i­day event in north­ern Schuylkill County is invit­ing the pub­lic to come have a taste of what Christ­mas in the past was like.

The Ash­land Old- Fash­ioned Down­town Christ­mas will be held from 5 to 8 p. m. Satur­day at North Fifth Street and Cen­tre Street in the bor­ough. The event is free, ac­cord­ing to Jim Klock, trea­surer and cu­ra­tor of the Ash­land Area His­toric Preser­va­tion

So­ci­ety, one of the groups that spon­sors the event.

Re­turn­ing this year is the fan­fa­vorite horse­drawn car­riage rides, which will take pas­sen­gers up Cen­tre Street. In ad­di­tion, The Sta­tion House — the for­mer Ash­land Bor­ough Hall built in 1867 — will be open to the pub­lic and house re­fresh­ments, Jack Jones, his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety pres­i­dent, said.

“We give out hot cho­co­late and cook­ies and candy and hot dogs, and what we try to do is we try to let the chil­dren have at least one good day. Not ev­ery­body has ev­ery­thing they should have as kids” be­cause of vary­ing cir­cum­stances, Jones said. “We try to give them a bit of the way it should be, at least for one night. We have the char­ac­ters go up and down the street, and we give free ( car­riage) rides. It’s a good night, and we have the cho­rus here and Santa Claus is here, and he gives stuff. … We try to do it for

the kids.”

Jones’ Win­ter­walk Train Dis­play & Shop at 533 Cen­tre St. will be open, which fea­tures zero- gauge train dis­plays with themes in all six rooms, in­clud­ing dis­plays of Ash­land, The Po­lar Ex­press, a cir­cus, the ’ 50s, an old- fash­ioned room and an amuse­ment park.

Jones adorns the sec­tion of down­town be­hind the le­gion with dec­o­ra­tions such as lights, Santa Claus, Frosty the Snow­man, a manger set and more.

At the Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 434, which also spon­sors the event, the Ash­land Area Com­mu­nity Choir will be singing Christ­mas car­ols, and in­side the le­gion, Santa will be sta­tioned wait­ing to hear the boys’ and girls’ wishes.

This marks the third year of the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety and le­gion run­ning the show. The so­ci­ety took over af­ter Ash­land Down­town Inc., the first event co­or­di­na­tor, dis­solved.

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“We give out hot cho­co­late and cook­ies and candy and hot dogs, and what we try to do is we try to let the chil­dren have at least one good day. ...” Jack Jones Ash­land His­toric Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety pres­i­dent

JAC­QUE­LINE DORMER / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Horse- drawn car­riage rides re­turn for this year’s Ash­land Old- Fash­ioned Down­town Christ­mas set for 5 to 8 p. m. Satur­day along North Fifth Street and Cen­tre Street in Ash­land. TOP: jones’ Win­ter­walk Train Dis­play and Shop, 533 Cen­tre Street, will be open for vis­i­tors. The dis­play fea­tures zero- gauge train dis­plays in six rooms.

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