Oh, little town of Jermyn, how still you usually are. But when the Christmas season arrives, the air is filled with the sound of parades and carols and, of course, jingle bells. And it all begins this weekend.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m., the town’s eighth annual Christmas light parade — and Santa’s and Mrs. Claus’ arrival to Jermyn — will be organized by the Girl Scouts of Jermyn/Mayfield. They will be led by Emily Price, Maggie McGurrin, Erika Hollis and Carlene Miller, who are running the parade as their Silver Award project.
The Light Parade starts at Washington Avenue & Rushbrook St. and travels down Main Street to Gibson Street and on to the Jermyn Community Center, 440 Jefferson Ave., for light refreshments and perhaps a chance to chat with St. Nick himself.
Next weekend the seasonal events continue. On Saturday, Dec. 15, 6-9 p.m., a brand new event called “Light up Christmas” will be held at the Artisan Hose Co., 20 Maple St. Admission is free. There will be a performance by national recording artist and Jermyn native Dani-elle and Santa will stop by.
“Frank Kulick, president of Jermyn Council, is sponsoring the event to raise funds for the ongoing effort to refurbish and restore the town’s Christmas Decorations,” explained Joanne Wilson, one of the organizers. Food and refreshments will be available and admission is free.
All donations, and the proceeds from the food sales, will be donated to the Holiday Light Fund.
“Jermyn was dark at one time, now little by little we are lighting up Christmas in Jermyn again.”
On Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m., the 26th annual Christmas concert will be held at the Jermyn Community Center, 440 Jefferson Ave. The community chorus will provide songs for an “Old-fashioned Christmas Theme.” Also, there will be a performance by the Lakeland School District elementary classes. At intermission, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with a big bag of toys. Bring your camera.
While the kids visit with Santa, the adults will migrate to a table of homemade baked goods that is legendary.
“The Christmas Concert is a tradition started 26 years ago by Bruce Smallacombe,” Wilson said. “He contacted the six local churches and asked their choirs to participate in celebrating the Christmas season together in song. It has since progressed, sponsored by the Jermyn Events Committee. It still includes the local voices, which is now called the Community Chorus, under the direction of Patricia McMynne. The residents of the town and surrounding towns look forward to the annual concert. It brings the residents together, young and elderly.”
Wilson said the annual event allows for plenty of socializing with friends and neighbors they haven’t seen in a while.
“It brings for many the Christmas spirit into their lives and beloved town,” she said.