Youngsville Old Fashion Christmas is drive-through event



Free community meals at the JoyFul Cafe are usually held every Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Youngsville Free Methodist Church, 179 Davis St. Each of the meals are planned, prepared and served by volunteers.

The November menu is:

¯ Nov. 18 — scalloped potatoes, ham and vegetable;

¯ Nov. 22 — Thanksgiving Meal served at 5 p.m. No reservations are needed, everyone is welcome to attend.

¯ Nov. 25 — no Joyful Cafe meal is being served.

All Joyful Cafe meals are subject to change without notice.


This year’s Youngsville Old Fashioned Christmas, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., will be a drive-through event due to COVID. The hope is to light up the town of Youngsville as well as Irvine and Old Pittsfield Road. The committee is asking everyone to decorate like they’ve never decorated before. The committee will be selling luminaries to help make properties festive and add to the Christmas spirit. There will be contests for best decorated houses and best decorated cars. Although there won’t be any sitting on Santa’s lap, Santa Claus will still be stationed at the BVSP parking lot to wave, shout “Merry Christmas,” collect letters for his mailbox and pass out goodies. Friends of the Youngsville Library will also have goodie bags for kids and youth who drive by to visit Santa.

Other stops will include kits to make ornaments, a live nativity, music, pizza sample, decorated fire trucks, hot chocolate, vendors and many more activities still in the planning stages.

There will also be a drive-by to include the residents at the Rouse Home. The entered decorated cars will be judged at the Rouse so that residents can enjoy them and bring a little Christmas spirit to the residents.

There are also plans for a scavenger hunt for families as they drive through town. More information will be available on the Light Up Youngsville 2020 Christmas Festival Facebook page and a list of stops along the way. Those interested in purchasing luminaries ($5 donation for 10), registering a house or car for judging can email YoungsvilleChristmas@gmail.com or call or text Judy at 814-622-8514. Organizers are asking residents to have their decorations lit from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 so that everyone can enjoy.


The Youngsville Public Library has many fundraisers going on right now to help raise money to counter the 58% budget cuts in state funding and the loss of revenue sources due to COVID restrictions. The Youngsville Library relies heavily on local donations in order to be able to continue its services to the community.

The Youngsville Public Library’s building is open to the public and no appointments are necessary to stop in and utilize library services. Patrons have access to materials, on-site resources, computers, faxing/copying services and more during business hours Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. The Youngsville Library also continues to offer curbside pickup services to patrons who still prefer to have their items brought to them in their car either for health reasons or for convenience. More information on how to use curbside services can be found at YoungsvilleLibrary.org.

Adjustable, reversible, fabric masks are available at the library for a $5 donation per mask. Masks very in sizes (from toddlers through adult) and there are a variety of different fabric choices to choose from too including holiday, seasonal, and daily wear. New styles are made weekly. Each mask is individually wrapped and they make great stocking stuffers. This fundraiser will be ongoing through 2021.

Themed, battery lighted wine bottles are also available at the library for a donation of $10 each. They are displayed in the foyer area. Because the bottles are battery operated, there is no need for the bottles to sit near an outlet and the watch batteries that power each bottle’s string of lights can easily be replaced when needed.

Ribbon books are “almost like new” books that have been previously donated by patrons. They are available for a donation of $1 per book throughout the year. Ribbon items can also include DVDs, audio books and regular reading materials. All Ribbon Book items have been properly quarantined and are located in the library’s display case and conference room.

Annual Youngsville Library-Angel Tree: Through Wednesday, Dec. 23, donors can become a Library-Angel and make a general donation or a donation towards offsetting specific daily operating items such as toner, inter-library loan postage costs, youth programming, etc. Donors can also make donations In Memory of or In Honor of loved ones.

To become a Library Angel visit the Youngsville Library during business hours or visit the library’s homepage at YoungsvilleLibrary.org and click on the Library Angel Tree link. From the website donors can print and complete a downloadable form which can be mailed to the library or placed in the library’s secure drop-box, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. On the library’s website is a listing of library angels specifying if their donations are In Honor Of or In Memory of loved ones. Or, those who prefer can mail a Library Angel donation (without a form) to: Youngsville Public Library c/o Library Angel Program, 100 Broad Street, Youngsville, PA 16371. Please be sure to include the name to be placed on the Angel (and if it is in memoriam or in honor of someone). Regular business hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m.

A “Library-Angel” is placed on the Library-Angel tree with the name of the donor and if the donation was in honor of or in memory of an individual. The Library Angel Tree is on display, at the library, through Wednesday, Dec. 23. The most recent Library Angels are: Towards General operating needs: Lynne Meyers; Towards E-book purchases: In Memory of Mary Black from her kids; Towards Cleaning/COVID supplies: In Memory of Connie Hoffman from Brenda Dunn; Children’s DVD: In Honor of our Grandchildren from Mary & Dick Sullivan; Adult books: Diane Danielson; Towards Gas bills: In honor of YPLibrary from Peggy Nelson; Towards Building Insurance Costs: In Honor of Johnny Barron from Brenda Dunn; Unabridged Audio CD book: In Honor of YPLibrary from Peggy Nelson.


Youngsville American Legion Bingo is still open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. Thursdays, excluding Thanksgiving Day. Food is available starting at 5 p.m. Masks are required, unless seated for dining. The legion is smoke-free during Bingo hours from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 814-563-4412.


A Turkey Party and Gun Raffle benefiting the Wrightsville Volunteer Fire Department will be on Saturday, Nov. 21, starting at 7 p.m. The turkey party will be held at the Garland Fire Hall for added seating and parking. Free admission, food will be available at a cost. No alcohol permitted. There will be other giveaways and a reverse lottery, too.


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