Black Friday at Downtown Shenandoah

    “Black Friday” (Nov. 25), traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year, will again be a day-long event in the community with a range of allied groups coming together to sponsor activities ranging from a sky dive to a parade, a drama presentation, carriage rides, a lights spectacular and visits by Santa in the afternoon and evening.

    Sponsoring groups include Ateeco Inc., maker of Mrs. T’s Pierogies, Shenandoah, plus the Shenandoah Police Department, the revitalization group Downtown Shenandoah Inc. and the Greater Shenandoah Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Festivities will begin at Shenandoah Valley School District’s Veterans Memorial Stadium to where Santa and some of his most trusted elves will sky dive at noon — weather conditions permitting, as always.

    Stadium gates will open about 10:30 a.m. for the event, sponsored by Ateeco Inc.

    After arriving from the sky, Santa and friends will hop aboard a fire truck for a parade through the community, an arrangement sponsored by the borough police department.

    The parade traditionally concludes at the Anthony P. Damato American Legion “Medal of Honor” Post 792, 116 N. Main St., where Santa will greet youngsters and provide treats.

    Beginning about 5:30 p.m. events sponsored by DSI will kick in on the 100 block of North Main Street, including the Shenandoah Valley High School Drama Club’s presentation of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” at American Legion Memorial Garden.

    DSI will also sponsor carriage rides and refreshments such as hot chocolate. Some of the carriage excursions will be to Girard Park.

    The chamber, which annually sponsors Shenandoah’s hailed holiday decoration and lighting displays downtown and at Girard Park, will host Santa in the Park beginning about 6 p.m. in Girard Park, where the Light Up the Park project will do precisely that, providing an attraction not only for visiting walkers, but also for traffic on the busy “Heights Hill” (Route 924) leading to nearby Shenandoah Heights and the Ringtown Boulevard.

    Santa will greet youngsters and provide them with candy canes at the park.

    Locals and visitors will also have the opportunity to exercise in line with the fitness initiative touted by the group Healthy Shenandoah by walking from the holiday activities on North Main Street to the activities at Girard Park, where they will be able to enjoy a close-up view of the chamber’s Light Up the Park spectacle.

    An addition to the Girard Park setup this year will be sponsored candy canes in a variety of colors provided by the chamber’s lights/decorations installer, Jerry McCabe.

    For more information about the Christmas season in Shenandoah, call the DSI headquarters at 570-462-2060.

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