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Perryopolis plans old-fashioned Christmas

| Monday, Nov. 28, 2011

The Perryopolis Parks and Recreation Authority is presenting a taste of what Christmas was like during the Civil War period.

In the past few years, the 120 acres of land behind Sampey Park known as Jewel Knob has been used for re-enactments by the 105th Pennsylvania Volunteers Company E. Located there are several old-fashioned structures erected to bring more realism to the representation of life during Civil War days.

"Those buildings are just beautiful," said Julie Miller, a co-coordinator for the Old-Fashion Frontier Christmas with Pam NewMeyer.

People like Harry Fisher, Al Herman, Bill Mills and John Martinak have been volunteering materials and time to create a new building for the property -- a church and/or social hall, expected to have a groundbreaking next spring.

Wanting to hold more events at Jewel Knob throughout the year and to use the new building, Miller said the parks and recreation authority decided to hold an old-fashioned Christmas event.

The event will include guest speaker and Gettysburg historian Ken Williams and music by The Acoustic Shadows of the Blue and Gray.

Miller said complimentary punch, cookies and warm apple cider will be served. Guests should dress in warm clothes. There will be a rustic, candlelight setting with no electricity.

"I hope it's a nice community event and a good turnout," Miller said.

Organizers invite the public to help them decorate the Christmas tree by donating a special handmade ornament with their family or group name.

The Perryopolis Historical Society also contributed to the event.

The Old-Fashion Frontier Christmas will be held at the Rustic Cabin at Sampey Park in Perryopolis from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.

Tickets are $10 per person. Miller said groups of up to 25 people are welcome. Reservations are required because seating is limited. For reservations, call 724-736-0166 or 724-875-3357.

Proceeds will benefit the church/social hall construction at Jewel Knob.

Additional Information:

Old-Fashion Frontier Christmas

Where: Rustic Cabin at Sampey Park, Perryopolis

When: 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.

Costs: $10 per person

Reservations: 724-736-0166 or 724-875-3357

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