Stories & Santa
at Hometown Christmas
This year the Friends of the Youngsville Public Library will be teaming with ROY's Hometown Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. The "Christmas Stories & Visit with Santa" Event that usually takes place at the Youngsville Public Library will be located in the (formerly) Sew-What shop on Main Street not the Northwest Savings building as was previous printed.
Photo by Nancy Holmberg
Craft Show successful
The Youngsville Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary held its 25th Winter Wonderland Craft Show on Nov. 20 at the Youngsville Fire Hall. It was well attended by shoppers and crafters. Of 75 tables of crafters displaying their wares, seven (7), pictured left to right, Sandy Hansen, Janet Battin, Sandy Hoffner, Linda Salva, Barb Derr, Becky Jameson and Kathy Chapman, have been at the firemen’s craft show for all of the show’s 25 years. Not present for the picture were Sonna Sanden and Darlene Wallo.
Story-time will begin at 4:30 p.m., and Santa will arrive a bit later, after the parade. "Each year the Friends of the Youngsville Library provides candy canes, cookies, and a "gently used" book to each child who comes to visit Santa, in addition to reading Christmas stories," stated Library Director, Kristy Wallace. "In past years we have at least 35-40 kids stop in at the Library but since we are going to be on Main Street and a part of the ROY Hometown Christmas Event this year, we are hoping to see more children and parents from our community.
"We really do need a place that has plenty of room and thanks to Zip Young allowing us to use the Sew-What shop for this event; we have a place on Main Street for this year. The Friends of the Library would also like to thank Tops Market for providing bags for the kids to put all their Christmas goodies in."
There's no skimping, no shortage of things to do in downtown Youngsville on Dec. 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. during its Hometown Christmas.
The Revitalization Of Youngsville (ROY) has announced its Dec. 4 Christmas Business Open Houses.
Several of the area's businesses will be holding open houses during this holiday season. Two among them are the Northwest Savings Bank, 202 East Main, which will have an open house during Youngsville's Hometown Christmas. They will have a heated tent outside with cookies and hot chocolate where John Beard will be doing magic for the kids from 3 to 4 p.m. Then, the band Fire and Ice (Joan Papalia-Eisert and Paul Eisert) will be playing Christmas music from 5 to 6 p.m.
The second downtown business to announce its open house is local artist Co-Op / Allegheny Artistry will be showcasing their new works of art and offering cookies, punch and hot chocolate. One of their big holiday promotions is a Chinese Auction where customers get tickets with their purchases that they can use to win a variety of art works and Christmas items on display at the Co-Op. Allegheny Artistry has also entered WCCBI's Warren County Business Christmas Decorating Contest. People can fill out a ballot at the gallery or vote on line at www.wccbi.org.
Tops Markets, Heaven Scent Flowers and Gifts by Miss Millie, Youngsville Home and Garden / Agway, Mugs Cafe and numerous other businesses will also be holding open houses.
The R.O.Y. crew will be out on Friday, Dec. 16, looking for the best-decorated house. If you would like to make sure that they see your house, please call Cherri Watson at 563-9235 or Helga Laibacher at 563-4959.
Also, this year they will be judging the outside decorations of businesses. The winner and runner-up will each receive a gift and will be announced in the Times Observer.
Former Warren County resident and member of the Youngsville artist Co-Op, Martha Blair was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Secondary Art Teacher for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by PAEA (The Pa Art Educators Association). She currently teaches in Union City. PAEA has over 1200 members and is the largest and most active state in the country.
Martha's watercolors, drawings, and jewelry can be found at the Local Artists' Co-Op/Allegheny Artistry, 106 East Main Street, in Youngsville, PA
Fred Lawrenson, May's featured artist at Allegheny Artistry, recently learned that his children's book titled "Shalock and the Cloud of Bad Dreams" was one of 8 finalists in the USA Book News Awards for 2010. Fred did a book signing here in Youngsville during his shows reception. Now, the Artistry is busy putting gold award stickers on his signed books that remain in their artists gallery at 106 East Main Street Youngsville.
Join St. Francis Church on 343 East Main Street, Youngsville on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu is ham, scalloped potatoes, broccoli salad and dessert. This is a dinner free to everyone in the community put on by the St. Francis Outreach Program. Donations are accepted. There are take outs after 5:45 p.m. when available. This month's cook is their own Father Matt. Church member Barbara Vorse said, "We also invite anyone to join us for this holiday season service at 9 a.m. at St. Francis Church.
ROY Bake Sale
Recently the Revitalization of Youngsville (ROY) held a Bake Sale/T-shirt and Mug sale at the Fire hall's Winter Wonderland Craft show.
The fundraiser was a great success. ROY under the direction of Organization Vice-President Helga Laibacher was able to raise $282.50. The profits directly benefit the renovations in Youngsville's downtown and its bike hike trail. Helga said, "Thank you to all, for your help and time, for providing baked goods, knitted, crocheted and craft items - it wouldn't have happened without you."
On Saturday, Dec. 4, the Irvine Presbyterian Church Women's Association will gather with dozens of homemade cookies to fill 25 to 30 holiday tins for area shut-ins and those not in a situation to bake for the holidays. Also, they will fill 40 Christmas stockings with educational and personal products for the children of the Head Start program in an effort to make their holidays a little merrier
Then, on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. they will meet and feast with a smorgasbord-type dinner. Their holiday decor this year centers on the fruits of their labors.
If anyone would like to join them for dinner and to take a peek at their tree, call Pam at 814-563-7988 and they will put you on their reservation list. Also, the public is invited to join them for a worship service at 9 a.m. each Sunday morning and stay for a coffee hour in the Rook Oviatt Room where the church members' say the Christmas spirit will fill your heart and soul.
The Youngsville branch of the Northwest Savings Bank is having a Grand Opening/ribbon cutting at their new building, 202 East Main Street, on Monday, Dec. 6, at 8:30 a.m. The public is invited. Mayor Jim Farr will say a few words.
Children's Art Raffle
The Rouse Children's Center is holding its first Children's Art Raffle to raise money for its summer programs on December 4th during the Hometown Christmas Celebration with the drawing taking place at 3p.m. The children's art work is going to be displayed at the Allegheny Artistry, 106 East Main Street, the week leading up to the raffle, so they encourage everyone to come see our budding young artists and support a great program.
Tickets will be available at the Artistry that week and parents can get tickets at the Children's Center also. Tickets are 3 for $1 or 10 for $5. Scott Nelson said, "The children have done some fantastic pieces and we hope to see the community there to support a great program."
Christmas Carol Sing
The Irvine Presbyterian Church will have a Christmas Carol Sing on Sunday, Dec. 5, starting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will follow in the Rook Oviatt Room. The public is welcome to attend.
Hunter's Bake Sale
Baked breads, cookies and other goodies will be available for a free will donation at St. Luke Catholic Church, 420 N. Main Street, following this week's 5 p.m. Mass Saturday and the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday. All items will store well in knapsacks and camp cupboards providing fuel for the hunter.