The Eynon Christmas Lights Committee will host the Up the Eynon Craft Show, an arts, craft and vendor show on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Valley View High School, 1 Columbus Drive, Archbald. Admission is free. Lunch will be available for purchase.
Proceeds will be used by the Eynon Christmas Lights Committee for the Children’s Christmas party, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 1-3 p.m. at the Eynon Sturges Hose Company No. 3 on Thomas Street in Eynon. Santa and Mrs. Claus and Gretchen the elf will be on hand. The festivities will include two horse-draw carriages, food and refreshments.
In early 2013, Archbald Borough councilwoman, now mayor, Shirley Barrett, approached Eynon residents Jean Yeselavage and Judy Rudalavage with the idea of organizing a committee to raise donations to help purchase new lights in Eynon. This idea was to give a face-lift to the streets of Betty, Main and Kennedy during Christmas with new lights.
A committee was formed, consisting of 13 residents which grew to 25. The group asked for help from the Eynon Boy Scout Troop #41 which began canvassing Eynon neighborhoods with letters to residents asking for donations. The committee members asked businesses in Eynon for monetary donations. All lights are LED so they will be bright, less expensive to run and are made in the U.S.
This year, the Eynon Christmas Lights Committee is adding four more swags. There will be a snowflake swag on Betty Street and three swags which will be attached to the fencing of the cemetery at Betty and Main Streets. None of the Christmas lights displayed would be possible without the hard-working and patient Archbald DPW workers, especially Director Mike Zelinsky.
The project had full community involvement and support. No grants or taxpayer money was used for purchase of the lights. It all came from the residence and businesses. The group also receives yearly support from the American Legion Post #624 President Mark Sedlak.