Holiday merriment to transform Market Street with kid-friendly activities
Light Up Night returns to Kittanning this Friday as children of all ages are invited to an evening of fun, courtesy of Downtown Kittanning Inc.
Months of preparation by DKI, an all volunteer group, are devoted to the transformation of the main avenue of Market Street.
“This is a wonderful, free event for the whole community,” says Dr. Ray Voller, a Kittanning dentist and president of DKI. “We gear everything towards the kids.”
This year, the list includes pony rides, a petting zoo, horse drawn wagon rides, face painting and the consumption of copious amounts of hot chocolate and cookies.
The closure of Market Street to anything on wheels faster than a work horse allows for a wide-open street fair feeling.
Holiday music will be performed by a variety of local musicians, primarily from the F&M plaza, on the corner of Jefferson and Market streets.
The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a parade to kick start the holiday season. The parade marshal is, of course, jolly old St. Nick, who will bring up the rear, traveling up Market Street from Water Street to Grant Street and ending at the Rosebud Mining property.
Along the way, there will be a variety of food vendors and sellers of other treasures suitable for Christmas. Many established businesses will be keeping longer holiday hours and be open Friday evening.
This year's theme, “A Choo Choo Christmas,” will be evident in the store and business fronts of those who participate in the DKI sponsored contest for best holiday decor. The winner of this year's contest will be announced before the evening's end, and they will be awarded the “Stanley Cup” until next year's contest. Linda Pazzutto, DKI volunteer and executive director of the Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce, says, “We have a lot of fun with the contest. We usually get at least a dozen entries.”
Kittanning News will again host a local, published author for a book signing. Jeff Boarts will be in the spotlight, sharing his thoughts and signatures. Just published is his third novel, “Steel City Murder.” In this novel, Boarts gives readers a closer view of George and Ruth Cooper before they became the mystery solving duo of his previous books.
DKI is happy to have the funds to end the evening with a bang. Many local businesses were generous with financial support, and Pennsylvania American Water stepped forward as a full-fledged sponsor. Because of the response, the evening will end with fireworks to light up the night.
Diane Orris Acerni is a Leader Times correspondent.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pyle goes after state grant
- Groups traveling uncharted waters to open Allegheny, Monongahela locks
- Armstrong secretaries approve contract with school district
- Saber pride booming in Ford City’s final year
- Drug use, medical problems cited as cause of West Kittanning crash
- Kittanning’s holiday gifts come early for Ford City group
- Ramp work makes travel better for handicapped in Ford City, Kittanning
- Armstrong home repair program receives second grant
- Fire ravages Dayton area meat-packing plant
- Tractor show debuts in Dayton this weekend