Annual Sugar Grove
Thank you to all who decorated windows and buildings, provided music, passed out warm beverages, painted faces, and dressed up to make our fourth Annual Sugar Grove Christmas a night to remember.
Sugar Grove Christmas
Santa and all his helpers were on hand to visit throughout the decorated town on Friday, Dec.14.
A crowd formed quickly to visit with Santa before touring the town to see all the decorations and take part in all the activities.
Santa was to arrive at the Sugar Grove Christmas via fire truck. Unfortunately, he needed to jump from the truck so it could respond to an emergency call and he paraded on foot to the town park. Pictured are Santa and his first visitor of the night, Patrick Braley.
The First Presbyterian Church constructed a beautiful Christmas Tree from White Poinsettias.
Even some of the littlest visitors came dressed in holiday attire. Bryson Hurley makes an adorable elf.
Our parade was slightly different from previous years. Santa and all his helpers were loaded on the Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department vehicles and were just moments from pulling out of the station, when they received an emergency call. The North Pole crew jumped off the truck and decided to have a nice walking processional through town on their way to arrive at the Sugar Grove Town Park.
A crowd gathered in the park pavilion to visit with Santa, take pictures, and enjoy a hot dog provided by the AMVETS Post 50. Throughout town there were carolers, art exhibits, a glass-blowing exhibition, painted and decorated windows, giveaways, and craft projects to do. The United Methodist Church presented a hilarious drama in the center of the triangle at the end of Main Street based on looking for a room in town for a homeless couple traveling through Sugar Grove by donkey. Santa remained in the park for the evening and Mrs. Claus visited with everyone at the Sugar Grove Library. Hayrides were provided around town by Bill Gourley.
The Community Lunches in the area continue to be well attended. All lunches begin at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend one of the area community lunches.
Each month lunch is held on the first Friday at the Mission Covenant Church at the corner of Matthews Run and Jackson Run roads. On the second Thursday of each month at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church located at the corner of Race and Jamestown streets in the center of town. On the third Wednesday of each month the Hessel Valley Lutheran Church will hold its luncheon. All are welcome to attend and take part.
The holiday break will begin on Monday, Dec. 24 and continue through Jan. 1. School will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Red Kettle Campaign
The local churches will once again be ringing the bell for the local Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign throughout the holiday season. The kettle will once again be located outside of the Town and Country Food Center. Each weekend the Kettle was manned by volunteers. The Red Kettle Campaign helps raise donations for those who need it most by providing toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry, and countless other programs.
Thank you to the 85 volunteers from the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church and the community who came out to help distribute the Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry on Saturday, Dec. 15. More than 20,000 pounds of food was unloaded, sorted, and then given to 224 local families. This was the largest distribution we have had since starting the ministry.
A group of local bands is coming together to play in a benefit event to raise money for the local Sugar Grove Food Pantry on Saturday, Dec.29 at 3 p.m.
The bands Days of Old, Hi-Fidelity, Beyond the Illusion, Fallen out of Favor and Hearts Like Riots will gather at the Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church gymnasium to play. The cost to enter to hear all bands is just $5. All proceeds will go toward purchasing food for the local Sugar Grove Food Pantry.
There will also be refreshments on hand for purchase as well as door prizes. For more information on the event, contact 489-3105.
Numerous members of the Sugar Grove Community have been inquiring on an update of Andrew Giordon. His family sent this notice.
On Nov. 5, while archery hunting, Andrew Giordon suffered a fall fracturing his neck, paralyzing him. After numerous surgeries, Andy is currently a patient in the UPM C/Mercy Hospital Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Unit, Room 7023, 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219. Cards may be sent to this address.
Thank you all for your concern.