The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

December 28, 2012

A downtown get-together

‘Celebration’ offers fun for families

— Celebration Johnstown! is ready to ring in 2013 with quality entertainment including children’s activities, tasty food and family-friendly socializing.

What is billed as an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday.

We can’t wait.

Our region truly has been fortunate to have this tradition survive. It hasn’t been easy, even going away at one point.

Through the years, organizers, sponsors and other supporters have changed, but the atmosphere and excitement haven’t.

“Something new this year will be strolling carolers,” Sharyn Spinelli told our Ruth Rice. Spinelli is a member of Discover Downtown Johnstown Partnership, which spearheads this and other annual events, including the Christmas parade and light-up night; Scarecrows in the Park; and Operation Clean Sweep to spruce up the downtown.

“The (carolers) are members of Johnstown Symphony Chorus, and they will be walking outside and stopping on street corners to sing,” Spinelli said.

Carolers will join other entertainers such as Jazz in Your Face, Max Volk, Rosie and the Jammers, Hard Rok, Coco & Joe, Bo Moore, Jennifer Drummey, Jerry Intihar, Cash Review, Whiskey River Panhandlers, Vivace Strings, Bishop McCort Brass Choir, Southside Strays and Paul Stephenson.

Also on tap will be the Classic Clowns, magician Bob Beatty, face-painting, storytelling, crafts and the always-popular Misty Haven Carriage Rides of Davidsville.

We’re also grateful to those who annually have opened their buildings to welcome the partyers. Included are the Cambria County Library, First Presbyterian Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Franklin Street United Methodist Church and First Lutheran Church.

All venues will have food and refreshments available for purchase. The celebration will end with fireworks at 9:45.

“The business community has come forward once again and so has the Community Foundation (for the Alleghenies),” Spinelli said.

To those attending, we wish you a safe and enjoyable New Year’s Eve.

To the organizers, sponsors and volunteers, we join the entire community in thanking you for your hard work in continuing this wonderful tradition.

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