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    Holiday Festival Continues For Five Weeks


    Promoting the festival were, from left, Denise Liggett, executive director of the Indiana County Tourist Bureau; T. Michael Price, CEO of First Commonwealth Bank, the naming sponsor; Hastie Kinter, chairwoman of the festival and parade; and David Janusek, Downtown Indiana executive director.

    By Randy Wells

    The Lucy Donnelly Holiday Festival and Parade next week is only the start of yuletide happenings in Indiana. The fun continues on five succeeding weekends — Nov. 18 through Dec. 17 — as The First Commonwealth Bank “It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival.

    Many of the activities will be centered around IRMC Park and Philadelphia Street in downtown Indiana, and the festival hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

    Activities each weekend will include visits with Santa (Fridays 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.), special holiday treats, the fresh 35-foot-tall Christmas tree, pop-up markets and holiday music provided by local schools, churches and instrumental groups.


    There will photo opportunities in IRMC Park with Santa and two live reindeer from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19.

    Businesses will be open extended hours for holiday shopping and dining during November and December. On Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25, downtown purchases will earn shoppers “Downtown Dollars” from participating merchants that can be spent throughout the year.

    Many other holiday events are scheduled for the coming weekends.

    • Trees for Troops Day

    Participants can say “thank you” to active duty men and women from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Fleming’s Christmas Tree Farm, 1803 Fleming Road. Visitors may purchase a tree individually or contribute to the purchase of a tree that will be sent to active duty service men and women and their families. Contributions will also be accepted by calling the farm at (724) 463-0570.

    There will also be a concession stand, horse-drawn wagon rides, activities for kids, face painting and live entertainment.

    • Historical Society Holiday Open House.

    The Clark House along South Sixth Street, Indiana, will be decorated in a Victorian Christmas fashion for holiday choral and band performances from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 8. At 7 p.m., music will be provided by an eighth-grade vocal ensemble from the Indiana Junior High in the armory museum. At 7:30 p.m., the Indiana Brass Band will perform 1850s-era Christmas music on period instruments.

    • Quota International of Indiana’s “Christmas Home Tour”

    Six distinctive homes in downtown Indiana will be included on a self-guided tour from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Registration will be from 1 to 3 p.m at the Jimmy Stewart Museum where maps will be available. The tour is limited to 350 tickets. Tickets are $25 and will be sold in advance at the Indiana County Tourist Bureau, Helwig Insurance Agency and online at Indiana Quota.

    • “It’s a Wonderful Life” Movie Marathon.

    A 24-hour movie marathon will begin at 8 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Indiana Theater, 637 Philadelphia St. Prices will be $5 for individual viewing; $25 per seat for one person to watch the entire 24 hours; $50 per seat for a relay team of watchers.

    • Indiana Players Present “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

    Local actors will present live performances of the holiday classic at the Indiana Playhouse, 725 Philadelphia St., on Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m., and on Dec. 10 and 17 at 2:30 p.m.

    • 12 Movies of Christmas.

    A dozen favorite holiday flicks will be screened at the Indiana Theater, 637 Philadelphia St.

    Dates and features will be:

    o Nov. 18, 7 p.m., “Arthur Christmas”

    o Nov. 19, 4 p.m., “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”


    o Nov. 25, 7 p.m., “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

    o Nov. 26, 4 p.m., “Mickey’s Christmas Carol/The Smurfs Christmas”

    o Dec. 1, 7 p.m., “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947 version)

    o Dec. 2, 7 p.m., “Holiday Inn”

    o Dec. 3, 4 p.m., “Meet Me in St. Louis”

    o Dec. 6, 7 p.m., “Love Actually”

    o Dec. 9, 7 p.m., “Christmas with the Kranks”

    o Dec. 10, 4 p.m., “Scrooged”

    o Dec. 15, 8 p.m. to Dec. 16, 8 p.m., “It’s a Wonderful Life” movie marathon

    o Dec. 17, 4 p.m., “A Christmas Story”

    • Holiday Wheels and Thrills Model Train Display

    Model trains, including a miniature train weaving through a snowy landscape, will on display at the former FYE Store location in the Indiana Mall. Display hours will be 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and 24 and Dec. 1 and 8; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 18 and 25 and Dec. 2; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 9; 2 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 19 and 26 and Dec, 3; noon to 4 p.m. on Dec.10.

    Indiana County Center for Economic Operations (CEO) is pleased to be a funding partner this year.

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