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Old-Fashioned Christmas Show Returning to Laceyville

By David Keeler

After a two-year hiatus, Laceyville’s popular Christmas show will be back this holiday season, with some of the same talented local performers that delighted folks back in 2009. Laceyville’s community Christmas show debuted in 2007 and returns every two years.

This year’s show, which is again sponsored by the Laceyville Business Association, is called “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” and is set to take place Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Braintrim Baptist Fellowship Hall on Church Street starting at 7 p.m.

Admission is $4 per person and children under 12 are admitted free. The proceeds will go for community projects in the Laceyville area.

Along with the variety show, there will be two auctions: one is a silent auction and the other, featuring items crafted by local people, will be conducted by Auctioneer Jerry Burke, who’s donating his services. Refreshments will also be available.

The fun begins from the moment emcee Bill Clark— that’s the same Bill Clark who heads the local post office—welcomes everyone. Clark’s humor and wit alone are worth the admission fee.

And there’s a long list of talented performers who will do their best to usher in the Christmas season Laceyville-style.

The list of performers is still being finalized but following are some of those who will perform: Kylie Wood, Aurora Baker, Diane Bennett, who will read an original poem, Brian Bennett, Dustin Latini, John Benscoter and more.

Jeanne DeRemer will bring her hilarious character Suzie back to life, and Aileen Learn will relate a Christmas story in her special way.

If the music doesn’t get you in the Christmas spirit, the final event surely will. That’s when the lights are dimmed and candle flames are passed from candle to candle among the audience while everyone joins in singing Silent Night. The program ends with a prayer from Pastor David Faulkner of the Braintrim Baptist Church.

Other upcoming Christmas events in Laceyville include:

—The annual Christmas Tea at the community landmark Oldest House, which is set to take place on Friday, Dec. 2 from 2 to 8 p .m.; Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p .m., and Sunday, Dec. 4, 1 to 5 p .m. (See story on page 3).

—Santa’s Visit to the Oldest House for photos with kids, which will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Santa’s visit is sponsored by the Laceyville Business Association.

—The annual Heat Your Home Contest where purchases (minimun $5) made at member businesses  of the Laceyville Business Association qualify shoppers for a chance to win a total of $1,425 in prizes, including a grand prize of $700 toward your heating bill. The contest ends Dec. 19.

—Adopt a Street Lamp: For a fee of $55, which will cover the cost of decorating a Laceyville Street lamp, participants get to have a gift tag on the lamp with a message of their choice and their name. The decorations will include live garland, bows and lights. For more information, call 570-869-1277.


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