Friday, November 30, 2012

Tree Lighting, Live Nativity Among Forks Township Holiday Celebratons

Forks Township will hold its annual tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 2 along with other related community entertaiments. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m., with the actual tree lighting set to take place at 7 p.m.

Santa Claus will arrive on the hook and ladder truck . Music will be provided by the Forks Elementary School 4th Grade Chorus, led by music teacher Amy Gollub, the Easton Middle School Brass Ensemble, led by music teacher Donna Palmer and Officer Brooks Kranich, from the Forks Township Police, also a resident of Forks and graduate of Easton Area High School.

The Forks Historical Society will also open its historic log cabin to the public that evening.

Visitors are encouraged to visit the cabin which will feature a luminary path, a warm fire in the hearth, and decorations reminiscent of pioneer days.

“We are pleased to be open before and during the annual Tree Lighting event,” said Historical Society Vice President, Gloria Miller, “Many families attend the tree lighting, and we would like to give them a taste of what holiday celebrations may have been like many years ago in our little town.”

A 47-inch Vizio 3D LCD TV with Wi-Fi will be raffled off too, and there will be a 50/50 as well.

Funds benefit the the Kiwanis Club fund that provides donations to needy children and families.

Also, the mascot of the Iron Pigs, “Ferrous” will be present during the event.

The event is free, but the Kiwanis Club of Forks Township is asking those to attend to bring donations of peanut butter (any kind), jelly (plastic jars only) and canned soup (any kind) for the Peanut Butter ProJeCt, which collects for the Interfaith Food Pantry located in Downtown Easton and administered by ProJeCt of Easton.
Other sponsors of the holiday celebration include Palmer Nursery, National Penn Bank
and Merchants Bank

Forks Kiwanis Club, founded in 1999, meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month for a one-hour breakfast meeting at the Merchants Bank building beginning at 7:30 a.m. An ongoing focus for Kiwanis members is community service and programs for needy children. Potential new members are welcome at any regular meeting.

For more membership information, please contact Kiwanis member Joe Attinello at the bank.

The holiday spirit continues next week too, when volunteers of all ages will conduct an outdoor live nativity at Arndt’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. with live animals, music and narration.  The event will be held on the grounds of the church, at 1851 Arndt Road, at the corner near Bushkill Drive, in Forks.

The congregation will also offer light refreshments and light the grounds of the church with candle luminaria for the Advent event. 

Children will participate in the costumed nativity, and the stable area includes a burro, lambs and goats.  As the children pose in the stable, volunteers from the church read the Christmas story continuously while music plays in the background. 

A large hanging lighted star reminds the visitors of the Christmas story.  Visitors can linger at the stable, enjoy the animals, socialize and gather around a celebratory fire which is held in the Scout Troup 29 Outdoor Education area. 

At 6 p.m., a church service will be held in the Sanctuary of Arndt’s Lutheran Church; all are welcome.

In the case of severe inclement weather (exteme cold, hard rains, deep snow) the event will be cancelled.

For more information about the nativity, contact the church office at 610-253-3732, weekday mornings.

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