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Holiday events draw crowds in Spring Mills and Centre Hall

by on December 13, 2018 10:20 AM

The 10th annual Holiday Craft Fair was held on December 8 at the Old Gregg School Community Center in Spring Mills as a fundraiser supporting the center’s year-round activities.

Vendors filled the gymnasium and first floor hallway in the building. The gymnasium was a hub of activity, as all types of craft and food items were presented to a crowd of shoppers who filled the room. A wide variety of items from many vendors were seen at this event, including jewelry, housewares, decorative holiday items, handmade purses, clothing, food items, and many others.

In a basement room in the school building, the Nittany Valley Model Railroad Club held an open house for the public to see their large HO scale model train layout, which is still under construction, but featured several running trains. This club has about a dozen members who have been working on the multi-level layout since the spring of 2012. The layout features several scale miles of track, and realistic landscaping and trackside buildings are always being added to the layout to create realistic scenery. The club has also helped to construct a train layout in the Foxdale Village retirement community in State College. The club meets in their layout room at the Old Gregg School on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for work sessions.

The Centre Hall Community Christmas, sponsored by the Centre Hall Council of Churches, kicked off with a community tree lighting at St. Luke Lutheran Church at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 7. Citizens gathered around the tree at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and West Church Street for carol singing as the tree lights were turned on. Refreshments followed in the church social hall.

The event continued on Saturday, Dec. 8, with a craft fair in the social hall of Grace United Methodist Church. Fair organizer Karla Groy said there were 18 local vendors present, offering a variety of handmade craft items. Groy said the vendors were chosen to avoid duplication of merchandise. Food prepared by the church’s men’s group was sold as a fundraiser for mission outreach projects, and a live Nativity was presented by the youth of Grace United Methodist Church in front of the building.

A concert by the Penns Valley Men’s Chorus was presented at Trinity United Church of Christ at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Centre Hall Community Christmas concluded with a Christmas cantata titled “Mary Did You Know?” at St. Luke Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. The choir consisted of members of the choirs in the town’s three churches. A community meal followed in the church social hall. All events were well-attended by town residents and visitors.



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