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Friday, November 29, 2019 by CORRINE DURDOCK Special to The Press in Columns

Celebrate Old-Fashioned Christmas Dec. 7; some sites holding events Dec. 6

The Friends of the Emmaus Public Library will hold a holiday book sale and reception 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the library, 11 E. Main St. The event will feature wine, cheese and nonalcoholic punch. St. Ann’s chorus will perform. The sale features an array of pre-enjoyed books at affordable prices in gift-worthy condition. There will be a good selection of children’s books, recent fiction, collectibles and holiday books. For information, visit Emmauspl@cliu.org.

Emmaus will hold its annual Old Fashioned Christmas celebration hosted by the Emmaus Main Street Partners and the Emmaus Public Library 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Events take place on the Triangle, at various historical sites, the library and throughout the downtown.

One of the activities is Candy Cane Lane. Get a free passport at any of the historical sites (the Emmaus Historical Society, 1803 House, Knauss Homestead, Shelter House and library) to follow a trail through the borough to the sites where children can make ornaments to either take home or hang on the children’s tree at the Triangle. The children’s tree lighting will be 4:30 p.m.

Another event is the Holiday Cheers Trail. Local businesses will be offering samples of adult beverages for passport holders (age 21 or older) to sample.

Hausman Fruit Farms will take families on hayrides with Belsnickel, our Pennsylvania Dutch holiday friend. Stop by the Triangle 4 to 7 p.m. for live music, craft vendors and general merriment. The traditional tree lighting will be held 6 p.m. Other activities are photos with Santa by Wesley Works and Emma the Mule name painting. For information, visit www.emmausmainstreet.com, email AshleyL@LehighValleyChamber.org or call 610-739-1273.

The Emmaus Public Library will celebrate Emmaus’ Old-Fashioned Christmas 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 with special story times, crafts and more for readers of all ages. At 2 p.m. the library will be showing the animated feature, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.”

The Emmaus Historical Society, 218 Main St., has many activities planned to celebrate the holidays. Celebrate the holidays 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the society. Enjoy refreshments and the exhibits while listening to the St. Ann’s Children’s Choir 4:30 p.m. and the Emmaus Moravian Church Choir with organist Tom Baker 6:30 p.m. The Emmaus Historical Society will participate in Old- Fashioned Christmas in Emmaus 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7. This includes Candy Cane Lane, Cheers Trail and Bonus Bites.

The Knauss Homestead Preservation Society has some exciting activities planned for the Old Fashioned Christmas celebration. The house at the Knauss Homestead will be decorated in the period of 1777, the year the house was built. From 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6, the public is invited to visit the house and enjoy wine and cheese while being entertained by Sarajane Williams playing the harp. Williams was taught by Dorothy Knauss, a Knauss descendant. Also the public is invited to stroll the grounds and stop at the barn to see a horse carriage built in 1865 with a lighted Christmas tree.

The Knauss Homestead house will be open noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 for children to make their own Christmas tree ornament, which may be placed on the children’s Christmas tree on the Triangle at 4:30 p.m. For information, visit www.theknausshomestead.org.

At the 1803 House, 55 S. Keystone Ave., visitors will enjoy the fire in the open hearth 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. The house will be decorated with a Christmas tree adorned with Colonial period decorations and window sill and mantle floral decorations decorated by members of the Emmaus Garden Club. See the scale models by Andre Fatula. There will be ornament crafting for the children, historic gift craft ornaments for sale, a hand decorated wreath sale, warm cider and baked Christmas goodies. Tours of the historic Pennsylvania German Settlers Colonial Home are offered. For information, call Dick Farmer at 610-967-4401 or visit www.1803house.org.

The Shelter House, 601 S. Fourth St., will have a Christmas Open House, 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Light refreshments will be provided and Santa Claus plans a visit.

The Emmaus Senior Citizens group will meet 1 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13 at St. Matthew’s E.C. Church, Fifth and Ridge streets. All local senior citizens are welcome. For information, call 610-966-4273.

Elvis is in town. You’ll find him at the Emmaus Moravian Church Dec. 8. Elvis impersonator, Jeff Krick, will entertain the crowd at Emmaus Moravian Church, 146 Main St., 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets are sold at the church office or at the door. General seating only. For information, call 610-965-6067.

The Emmaus Chorale will hold its winter concert 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Faith Presbyterian Church, Second and Cherokee streets, Emmaus. The program includes both sacred and secular pieces along with audience participation on several carols. Janet Davis is the conductor. Cynthia Kerr is the accompanist. There is no admission charge. The chorale members invite you to come and enjoy their Christmas gift to the community. For information, call 610-398-4496.

The December hours for the Emmaus Farmers Market are 10 a.m. to noon Sundays. The winter market will be held the second and fourth Sundays January through April. The market is held on the Triangle in Emmaus. For information, visit www.EmmausMarket.com or email INFO@Emmausmarket.com.

The Emmaus Historical Society will hold a Christmas covered dish party 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at St. John’s parish hall, Fifth and Chestnut streets. Call the museum at 610-966-6591 if you plan to attend and if you are bringing an appetizer, side dish or dessert.

Don’t forget to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at the historical society museum, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 to receive a special treat.

The Emmaus Historical Society is starting a new season of gifting. For more information, visit the Emmaus Historical Society, 218 Main St., call 610-966-6591, visit https://www.emmaushistoric-pa.org or find the society on Facebook.

Emmaus Borough Council meets 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 16 in council chambers, 28 S. Fourth St. Budget and finance committee meets 6:45 p.m. before council meetings. The offices will be closed for the holidays, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2020.

Borough leaf collection ends Dec. 6. For information, visit www.borough.emmaus.pa.us.

Reminder: Dec. 25 is a holiday for Whitetail Disposal. If the holiday falls on/or before your normally scheduled service day, your service day will be pushed back one day.

The Friends of the Emmaus Library are offering an ongoing silent auction on two great packages — a midweek golf package for four with lunch at the Northampton County Club ($600 value) and a wine tasting with lite fare, which includes a bottle of wine and two glasses and a vineyard winery tour at the members only Maple Springs Vineyard in Bechtelsville ($360 value). Bids will be received at the front desk. Each bid will be numbered as received. The bid number and the amount of the highest offer will be displayed with the items at the library. Bids are accepted through Dec. 6.

The library is hosting an opening for Art@EPL 3 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14. This is a new partnership with the Lehigh Art Alliance to bring art alive to the library. This program will provide an opportunity to meet the artists who will be giving art lectures and workshops throughout 2020. For a full schedule and a view of a collection of their work visit emmauspl.org. The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For a list of regularly scheduled programs and movie presentations at the Emmaus Public Library during December, visit Emmauspl.org or call 610-965-9284. The library will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24, 25 and 31.

A highlight program for the youngsters at the library is Barbara. J. Morgan, Lehigh County Humane Society police officer, who will read from her book, “Gummy and the Ferrett,” 11 a.m. Dec. 2. Youngsters and their families are invited to make Christmas ornaments at the library, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 21.

The library is offering the following programs for adults: “Financial Crimes Against Seniors,” presented by Det. Frank Najera, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5 and a poetry reading with Robert Fillman, assistant professor of English at Kutztown University, 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Also, Bill Miner, career counselor with Pa. CareerLink, will present a program on job interviews 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2. RSVP to Lauri at eplcollection@cliu.org.

Adults are invited to join the Pinterest Party, 7 p.m. Dec. 9 to make wreaths and at Crafternoon to make tin can ornaments, 1 p.m. Dec. 19.

The Woman’s Club of Emmaus will not hold a meeting in December. However, 4 p.m. Jan. 20, 2020, the club will have a get-together at the Superior Restaurant in Emmaus. If you are interested in finding out about the club, come to the Superior Restaurant, 102 E. Main St.

Reminder: The Emmaus Main Street Partners will host Small Business Saturday Nov. 30. The Emmaus Historical Society museum, 218 Main St., will participate in Small Business Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30. Come visit the museum and explore the many businesses in Emmaus.

The deadline for the next column, which will include January 2020 news is Dec. 18. Please send information to 913 Little Lehigh Dr., email durdock@aol.com or call 610-967-2661.

Happy holidays everyone.