2011-11-17 / Entertainment

Hometown Christmas At Orbisonia-Rockhill


Orbisonia-Rockhill Furnace Historical Society will present its 10th annual Hometown Christmas Celebration, “A 1940s Christmas in Our Hometown,” November 25-26.

Are you a lover of history? Join the folks in the Orbisonia Rockhill Furnace Historical Society to celebrate “A 1940s Christmas in Our Hometown” on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26.

The events will begin with the lighting of the community Christmas tree at the Community State Bank of Orbisonia on Friday evening at 5: 30 p. m. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Waylon Glunt) will be appearing with Little Orphan Annie (Shayna Scott) and her Orphans’ Chorus (Orbisonia Brownie Troop), along with local Boy Scout Troop 237. After the tree lighting, step into the conference room of Community State Bank and see a display of WWII artifacts, uniforms & weaponry courtesy of Jonathan Shapiro and friends.

As you travel to Cromwell Street and the sound of 1940s Christmas music, you will want to take part in swing dancing lessons in the Church of God Fellowship Hall, taught by Trudy Creswell; while across the street in historic Bedford Furnace House, the Trolley Car Community Players will present a 1940s rendition of the famous children’s story, “The Night Before Christmas.”

Travel south on Cromwell Street to the United Methodist Outreach Center and hear live, holiday swing music and enjoy sweet goodies and hot drinks in a 1940s USO Canteen setting. Nearby, Santa will be available for pictures in the lobby of the historic Eagle Hotel. Board the haywagon in the hotel parking lot and take a short ride to see a live Nativity.

During both evenings “Pappy’s Roasted Nuts will be for sale (a great snack or stocking-stuffer) at the Eagle Hotel, and the Orbisonia- Rockhill Fire Company will be selling Bronze Star bean soup, Liberty hotdogs and Jivin’ Java coffee to hungry patrons in the firehall.

Finally, big band fans (thanks to the generosity of Community State Bank of Orbisonia) will enjoy hearing a performance by the Big Band Sound along with local vocalists at the Orbisonia United Methodist Church on Saturday night only at 8 p.m. All other events will close by 7:45 p.m. on Saturday night so that all can enjoy this grand-finale concert event!

Bring your family and friends to enjoy a simpler time at the “1940s Hometown Christmas.” All events are free, family-friendly and lots of fun! Free-will donations benefit the Orbisonia- Rockhill Furnace Historical Society.

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