Monday, November 30, 2015

Holiday 2015 events masterpost

Look, I'm one of those people who chooses not to even think about Christmas until Thanksgiving is over. But I run a Fayette County blog, and the reality is event planning and promotion has to extend beyond just the Christmas seasons. And I don't want people to miss out on something out of some silly, selfish insistence of mine that Christmas shouldn't enter people's heads until December. So I'll spend the next month compiling a list of upcoming Christmas-related events, updating as needed with new stuff--as well as any other holiday events that get on my radar.

New events will be added in bold, and I'll try to strike out any events that have already happened.

So here you go, kids--happy holidays! If you have an event you'd like me to include, please just pass it along and I'll add it.

  • City Chapel in Uniontown will be serving free Thanksgiving dinners on Thanksgiving day from noon until 3 p.m.
  • Uniontown is getting in the game really early with their "Home for the Holidays" parade sponsored by the Titlow on Thursday, Nov. 19. at 5:30 p.m. from the Courthouse to George C. Marshall plaza. Activities will follow on Main Street, such as the acknowledgement of sponsors and the lighting of the city tree, a visit with Santa, the opportunity for children to write a letter to Santa, tree-ornament making, local school and church carolers, the VFW band, free hot chocolate and cookies, and free wagon rides, cookies sold by local nonprofits. Local businesses Vintage Antiques and Pepperberries will also be offering reindeer food and cookies, respectively.
  • Uniontown Hospital's annual Festival of Trees is ongoing. For all available trees and their sponsors, visit the hospital's website. My mom won the Snoopy tree years ago.
  • A "Ringing in the Holidays" vendor and craft show will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21 and at the McClellandtown VFC Social Hall from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • The Mozart Club of Connellsville will present its 88th annual festival of choirs, featuring students from Geibel, on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church. I sang in this festival once! All are welcome to attend, regardless of religious affiliation.
  • The Greater Scottdale Area Choral Society will hold a concert, "Coming Home for the Holidays," at the Porter Theater on Monday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but donations benefitting the Choral Society's scholarship fund will be accepted.
  • Share the Spirit will be held on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the State Theatre. Guests are encouraged to make a donation, which they can designate to one of the events' non-profit partners.
  • The city of Connellsville will host "It's a Connellsville Christmas" on Saturday, Dec. 5. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events will include live entertainment, a visit from Santa, a cookie tour, church tours, childrens' activities at the train station, historic tours, a live nativity from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Christmas markets at the library, community center, and Trinity Lutheran church.
  • The 19th Hole in Uniontown will host a Christmas concert and pool tournament on Saturday, Dec. 5. Doors open at 3 p.m., the tournament starts at 4, and the bands play at 5. Admission is $6 or a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. There will also be a 50/50 and silent auction. Must be 21+ to attend.
  • The annual Magic & Mistletoe event will be held at the Courthouse on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, food, and a visit from Santa. The event is also currently looking for sponsors. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door for adults, while children ages 6-12 are $10 and children 5 and under are free.
  • Uniontown's VFW band will hold their fourth-annual Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. at the State Theatre. Those attending are asked to bring donations of either non-perishable items for the food bank or new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Monetary gifts to support the band will also be accepted.

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