Members of the Changes in the Parkway (CHIP) Committee are gearing up for the group’s fifth annual Christmas in the Parkway holiday celebration Thursday, Dec. 5, at the community parkway in Saxton.

Holiday events begin at 6 p.m. with Brandi Naugle singing, followed by the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at 6:45 p.m. Saxton Borough Council president Lester Meck will announcing the arrival of the jolly couple at the parkway, followed by a welcome by Saxton Borough Mayor Alan Smith and Liberty Township Supervisor chair Brian Weaver at 7 p.m.

The community tree lighting ceremony by Santa & Mrs. Claus will take place at 7:15 p.m., followed by the announcement of CHIP coloring contest winners. Music will be provided outdoors from 7:30-8:15 p.m.

Indoor entertainment will occur at the Living Hope Grace Brethren Church on Lower Main Street in Saxton beginning at 7:20 p.m. Performances include dance and drama by the Church of God Tabernacle from 7:20-7:30 p.m., praise team and Brett Leavelle from the Saxton Church of God from 7:30-7:50 p.m. and another performance by dance and drama from 7:50-8 p.m.

Coffee and hot chocolate will be available on Lower Main Street sponsored by Martin General Stores. Popcorn will also be available on Lower Main Street in front of and sponsored by White Jenkins Johnson Insurance Agency.

Refreshments will also be available at Living Hope Grace Brethren Church throughout the evening. Kettle corn will also be available on Lower Main Street.

Also making an appearance this year will be Cinderella and a holiday elf. Judy Williams will be once again coordinating the holiday photography booth with Santa in a heated canopy that has been relocated this year to Lower Main Street. Some members of the Tussey Mountain football team will be assisting with kid control.

The group agreed to finish decorating the parkway before the Dec. 5 event. Several committee members inspected lights on a Christmas tree there and replaced some bulbs.

It was agreed the lights will have to be removed following this year’s holiday event due to them being weathered. Committee member Lester Meck stated he and member Bill Kline will oversee this project.

Members also discussed the installation of additional benches throughout the parkway. Diane Kline said she turned away some additional individuals who wanted to place memorial benches in the parkway.

It was agreed there is room for only three more benches at this time. The committee agreed to look at the placement of additional benches at a future time.

The committee’s final meeting for the year will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Liberty Center next to the Green Leaf Medical facility.

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