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Lititz Warwick Community Chest Christmas Basket Project

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The Lititz Public Library will be participating in the Lititz Warwick Community Chest (LWCC) Christmas Basket Project this year. The goal of this project is to provide the meal ingredients, or the means to purchase food for a special holiday meal for a family unit.

Shown in the photo are Mary Alice Fyock, coordinator of the LWCC Christmas Basket Project (left) and Cathy Lenhart (right), Lititz Library Public Services Coordinator.

Please check out the Thanksgiving Donation Tree in the library. Consider taking a leaf from the tree, purchasing the requested item written on the leaf and returning it to the library. Help the Lititz Public Library and the Lititz Warwick Community Chests provide a meal for families in need in our community this year.

Lititz Warwick Community Chest began over 100 years ago as a community nursing service. It has evolved over the years, filling various needs, into its current emphasis as a food bank. The organization’s mission is to afford all residents of the Warwick School District an opportunity to contribute to the well-being of their fellow residents who are in temporary need and to distribute those resources to those in need.


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Terre Hill Christmas In The Park To Run Three Consecutive Nights

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Terre Hill will be holding its annual Christmas in the Park event nightly, Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6. Thousands of lights will fill the Terre Hill Park along with food, activities, entertainment, live nativity, free children’s crafts, music and more! Parking and admission are free, certain activities and admission to the lighted walking trail are by suggested donation. Visitors will be required to wear a face covering at certain areas of the event.

This year’s walking trail features dozens of new displays and decorations handmade by local volunteers.

The event will feature music by Left Field on Friday night, acoustic rock band Echo North on Saturday, and The Martin Sisters Band on Sunday. There will also be a live ice carving demonstration on Friday and Saturday evening. In addition to entertainment, there will be free children’s activities and crafts as well as gingerbread cookie decorating for a small fee.

Shown in the photo from left to right are Noah Keckler, Daniel Styer and John Styer.


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Woodcrest Celebrates Tenth Anniversary Of Journey To Bethlehem

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Perhaps more than ever, we need Christmas to shine the message of peace and hope into our lives and communities. Everyone is invited to this year’s “Journey to Bethlehem” held at Woodcrest Retreat in Ephrata. This is an unforgettable event designed to help people experience the true story of Christmas. Using their spacious wooded set­ting, you will be treated to a production that features over 70 actors and crewmembers and real animals as they portray the Biblical account of Christ’s birth. The dates for this year are Fridays and Saturdays, Dec­ember 11, 12 and 18, 19. Shown in the photo from left to right are Wise Men portrayed by Jordan Weaver, Gregg Gattuso and Brandon DaSilva.

Celebrating ten years, “The Journey” is a favorite tradition for many. Participants enter into the Christmas events, walk along candlelit trails while interacting with the biblical characters, collect items to assist the journey and be prepared to be amazed by the glory of angel’s choir and the miracle of Jesus’ birth.

Six stunning scenes take you from observing the Angel’s visit with Mary where you become traveling companions with Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem. Experience the disappointment of finding no room in the Inn. Join the shepherds as they watch their sheep by night around a warm, crackling campfire and then follow them to see the quiet wonder of finding Baby Jesus in the manger. This year a new scene transports you to the palace of the Magi as they discuss whether to leave the comfort of their home and risk everything to see the newborn King.

Because of Covid guide­lines, guests are encouraged to register online for a time slot since there will be limited walk-in spaces available. “The Journey” takes approximately 60 minutes plus possible wait time. Participants will need to dress warmly and wear appropriate footwear for being outdoors. Due to the amount of walking along wooded trails and uneven terrain, “The Journey” is unable to accommodate those who need walking assistance or baby strollers.

There is a cost to attend. All proceeds benefit the ministry of Woodcrest Retreat, a nonprofit retreat and camp center than serves more than 1,500 campers each year. Woodcrest Retreat is located at 225 Woodcrest Drive in Ephrata. For more information or to register for a time slot, call 717-738-2233 or visit www.Wood­crestRetreat.org/journey.


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“Pieces From The Past” – Featuring The Historical Society Of The Cocalico Valley

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“Pieces From The Past” continues this week, featuring the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley. In this weekly article, Shopping News readers will learn about local items housed in local museums and historical societies.

This beaver felt top hat, ca. 1850, was made by hatmaker David Blensinger of Reamstown. The hat is lined with a treated caramel-colored fabric, which is embossed at the top of the crown with four frolicking cherubs beneath a banner reading “Liberty.” The cherubs flank an oval reserve, outlined in foliage and small blossoms; the center of the reserve is printed in gold “D. Blensinger, / Reamstown.” The hat has a black leather sweatband and is trimmed at the base of the crown with a patterned black silk ribbon. It is accompanied by the original shaped hat box covered with well-worn floral wallpaper, with contrasting wallpaper covering the rim.

Hatmaker David Blensinger and his wife Sarah owned lot #8 in Reamstown, having lived in the community from at least the early 1820s; two of their small children are buried in the Reamstown Cemetery. David Blensinger died in 1860; his will, written in 1849, mentions his “house and hatter shop.” His estate inventory lists few recognizable hatmaking tools, which suggests that he was retired at the time of his death, but does include “2 Hat Cases” and a “Copper Dye & Plank Kettle.”

The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley is devoted to the geographic region, which includes the present townships of East and West Cocalico, Ephrata, Clay, West Earl and a portion of Earl. The Society collects and interprets a wide range of objects, from high-end antiques to the humble and the quirky. All contribute to our understanding of the region and its inhabitants from around the time of European settlement into the 21st century. In addition, the Society maintains a large and continually growing collection of manuscripts, print items and photographs. Although both its library and its museum are closed to the public through the close of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Society welcomes calls from researchers and persons with items they wish to contribute. For assistance, please call 717-733-1616.