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The Eaton Calendar – December 10

The Eaton Calendar – December 10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 10, 2019

  1. NEW – Christmas On Main Street is This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13, 14 & 15
  2. NEW – Christine Moore to Unveil New Collection of Ornament-inspired Fascinators Dec, 13, 14 & 15
  3. Sing-Alongs Are This Friday and Sunday, Dec. 13 & 15 During Christmas On Main Street in Wellsboro
  4. Pet Photos with Santa is This Saturday, Dec. 14 in Mansfield
  5. NEW – Live Outdoor Nativity is This Saturday, Dec. 14
  6. NEW – Live reindeer to be at Christmas On Main Street in Wellsboro This Saturday, Dec. 14
  7. NEW – Speakers to Give Presentation on Corning Glass Works’ Christmas Ornament-Making Ribbon Machines This Sunday, Dec. 15
  8. NEW – Hamilton-Gibson Disney “Frozen Junior” Audition Dates For 3rd-9th Graders for the Elkland Winter Theatre Arts Camp are Monday, Dec. 16 at Clark Wood Elementary and Tuesday, Dec. 17 at R. B. Walter Elementary
  9. NEW – Tiadaghton Audubon Society to Meet Wednesday, Dec. 18
  10. NEW – Well Armed Woman, Tioga County Shooting Chapter to Meet Thursday, Dec. 19
  11. NEW – Tiadaghton Audubon Society Christmas Bird Counts are Saturday, Dec. 21 and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020

Diane Eaton
(570) 724-3800


This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13, 14 and 15 Christmas on Main Street will honor and celebrate the rich history of Wellsboro’s production of Christmas ornaments made from the late 1930s to the late 1950s and beyond when the town was known as “The Glass Ornament Capital of the World.”

Historic Christmas ornaments made at the Corning Glass Works Wellsboro plant will be on display in 30 Wellsboro business locations this Friday and Saturday and at some locations this Sunday.

“The Town that Saved Christmas: Shaping Our Traditions” is the title of this year’s guidebook. It focuses on the varied shapes and sizes of the ornaments on display, from simple spheres in traditional colors to “fancies”.

This week through Saturday, Dec. 14, the guidebook, including a passport, can be purchased at Highland Chocolates at 11724 Route 6, the Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street, Pop’s Culture Shoppe at 25 Main Street and Wild Asaph Outfitters at 71 Main Street.

Free rides aboard Tony’s Trolley for the public will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday. Guidebooks with passports can be purchased on the trolley, too. Rides start at the Arcadia Theater.

The names of visitors who get their passports stamped at 10 or more display locations and turn them in will be entered in a drawing on Sunday night. The three winners will be contacted and each will receive a basket of gift cards and merchandise valued at $100 or more. Those who enter the drawing need not be present to win.

There will be lots to see and do. All three days will be a trunk show and sample sale featuring hats by Christine A. Moore at Dunham’s Department Store; tours of Goodhart’s Inn at 49 Central Avenue for $5 to see its Victorian charm, period décor, six live evergreen trees decorated for the holidays, enjoy refreshments and take home a keepsake ornament; and a Winter Wonderland Carnival free for kids with games and prizes, and a build a snowman snack at the Wellsboro Mini Mall.

The Soldiers + Sailors Hospital Auxiliary Craft Show & Bake Sale will be on the first floor at the hospital on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 20 vendors will offer crafts, candles, essential oils, woodworking, jewelry, clothing and more. Also available will be baked goods, including old-fashioned bread pudding.

Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Highland Chocolates will have a Chocolate Fountain event dipping fruits, cookies and other treats for $5 plus mystery discounts of 10 to 50 percent on chocolate products. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors can go on a free Highland factory tour, sample 15 flavors of chocolate bark, and, with a passport get a 10 percent discount on chocolate products.

Free Photos With Santa for children and their parents will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday in the Deane Center lobby at 104 Main Street.

On Saturday will be a live outdoor Nativity; a visit with live reindeer; an outdoor Christmas program and carols by the Kingdom Kidz puppet ministry; photos with Krampus, Santa’s alter ego; a showing of “The Polar Express” for $1; free refreshments at Wild Asaph Outfitters and casting votes for a nonprofit to receive five percent of that day’s proceeds; free music by Killarney Krew and the Pine Pitch Wandering Carolers; free candy cane sundaes at Senior’s Creations; free holiday story time at the Green Free Library; Wellsboro House Brewery craft beer tasting at the Penn Wells Lounge; and free tastings at Dunham’s Furniture Store, including sampling cocktails made using Mountain Top Distillery handcrafted spirits and free recipes to take home.

Sunday highlights include: Brunch with Santa; a free presentation on the ribbon machine used in Wellsboro to make the Christmas ornaments; a hot chocolate and coffee tasting; and the Messiah Community Sing.

For a detailed schedule for all three days, visit WellsboroChristmasOnMainStreet.com or call (570) 724-2111.

Photo by John Eaton
Pictured is the 2019 Christmas On Main Street collectible ornament designed and handcrafted by Rick Beckwith of Senior’s Creations in Wellsboro. Proceeds from the sale of the ornament will benefit next year’s event.

Photo by John Eaton
“Shiny Brites” were made at the Corning Glass Works Plant in Wellsboro. Pictured are ornaments from the Dunham collection.


Acclaimed New York City based milliner, Christine Moore, known for her explosive Kentucky Derby hats and intricately crafted themed headwear, will be debuting her brand-new Shiny Brite-inspired Christmas Ornament Fascinator Collection at a trunk show and sample sale at Dunham’s Department Store during Wellsboro’s Christmas On Main Street.

The show and sale will not only feature Moore’s fascinators but also hats from her fall and winter collection from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 13; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 14 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 15. The hats will remain at the store through New Year’s Day.

Known for her attention to detail, all of Moore’s hats are handmade in New York City. She is focused on creating wearable hat styles that push the quality of design and craftsmanship to new levels.

Moore has been on the Today Show six times live from Churchill Downs where NBC calls her the ‘Milliner to the Triple Crown’. She was named “Featured Milliner of the 144th™ Kentucky Derby” in May 2018 for the first time in the history of Churchill Downs and of the 145th in May 2019, which led to her becoming the subject of a question on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. In 2009, Moore partnered with Churchill Downs and Mattel to design the Official Kentucky Derby Barbie hat.

She is also the ‘Official Milliner’ of the Breeders’ Cup Race of Champions, America’s Best Racing, the Iroquois Steeplechase, the Jim McKay Maryland Million, and a featured designer at the Florida Derby, the Keeneland Race Course and the Preakness Stakes.

Among those for whom Moore has designed hats are Mary J. Blige, Al Roker, Dylan Dreyer, Kate Upton and Jewel.

Her hats have been showcased in many fashion magazines including on the cover of InStyle with Katy Perry and Vanity Fair with Jennifer Lopez, as well as Sun Magazine, Garden & Gun, Sophisticated Living, Derby Magazine, etc. In addition, Moore’s hats have been seen on episodes of Gossip Girl, Nashville, Horseplayers and The Carrie Diaries.

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Shown is one of the Shiny Brite-inspired fascinators created by Christine Moore.


There will be two sing-alongs for the public during Christmas On Main Street in Wellsboro.

Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long is This Friday

At 7 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 13 will be the Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long in the First Presbyterian Church at 130 Main Street in Wellsboro. Children and adults are invited to join the Wellsboro Women’s Chorus with Judy Smithgall at the piano, the Barbershop Eight with Marian Miller at the organ and six bell ringers directed by Marian Miller. Song sheets will be available for all participants. Admission is free.

Handel’s Messiah Community Sing is This Sunday

This Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. is the 16th Annual Hamilton-Gibson “Messiah” Community Sing at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Pearl Street in Wellsboro.

To be performed is the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741. The text is taken from the Bible and tells the Christmas story. Audience members can sing the five choruses, including the “Hallelujah” chorus, and listen to Mansfield University choral program students sing the solos.

“Everyone is welcome to come and sing the choruses or listen to them,” said Thomas Putnam, HG artistic director. “The music is beautiful. The entire program will be about an hour.”

Conducting will be Peggy Dettwiler, Mansfield University’s Choral Activities director.

Soloists from Mansfield University include: sopranos, Deanna Mogianesi, Molly Cerep, Quessa Brown and Jessica Neidinger; mezzo-soprano, Jessica Nistad; bass-baritones, Matthew Merolla and Tyler Boyles; baritone, Robert Flora; and tenor, Kyle Cannon.

Ken Myers will be on keyboard, and a string quartet including Dr. Kenneth Sarch and David Lassitur, both on violin; Jessica Kashetta on viola and Colleen Helmacy on cello will perform.

This Sunday, audience members who want to sing the choruses are encouraged to sit in the soprano, alto, tenor and bass vocal sections. Musical scores will be provided or participants can bring their own. There will be plenty of room for those who choose to listen to all of the music but not sing.

Admission at the door is Pay-What-You-Can. Proceeds will benefit the Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs. No reservations are required.


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This Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries’ Pet Photos with Santa will be at Tractor Supply in Mansfield; Friday, Dec. 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Rockwell’s Feed Farm and Pet Supply near Wellsboro; and Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tioga Fire Hall in Tioga Borough. Santa will pose with animals of all types as well as with children and adults. For a $5 donation, receive a 4-inch by 6-inch cardstock framed color photo, and for a $10 donation, one that is 8-inch by 10-inches. Call (570) 376-3646, email secondchanceAs@yahoo.com or visit the center’s Facebook page for more information.


Photo by John Eaton
This Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the live Nativity will be on the lawn at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. In the roofed, three-walled stable will be Baby Jesus, Joseph and Mary, the three Wise Men and two shepherds portrayed by Wellsboro Area Ministerium church members. In addition, there will be live sheep and a donkey, weather permitting. A recorded reading of the Christmas story about the birth of Jesus from Luke Chapter 2 and recorded Christmas carols will be played during the event. Pictured is the Nativity held at Christmas On Main Street in 2017.


From noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 14, youngsters and adults are invited to visit with live reindeer named Clarice and Comet during Christmas On Main Street in Wellsboro.

“Reindeer are amazing animals that add magic to the holiday season,” said Cassandra Hoover. She and her husband David own Spruce Run Farm in Bloomsburg where the reindeer live.

Clarice and Comet will be in the parking lot on Main Street between the United Methodist Church and Sherwin-Williams Paint Store. There, people can visit with them and from outside their enclosure take pictures of the reindeer or of themselves with the reindeer in the background.

This year, visitors can opt for a $10 session to sit or stand with a reindeer up close and personal and receive an InstaPhoto as a memento. The InstaPhoto is similar to a Polaroid. One of the reindeer handlers will take the photo using a small camera that prints the photo after it has been taken. Those who choose this magical experience are welcome to ask a friend to use a cell phone or a regular camera to take a photo of that special moment, too. Or, upon request a handler will use the person’s cell phone or camera to take the photo.

“”Both male and female reindeer have antlers, They are majestic, beautiful animals that are by nature, calm and soothing. They don’t get excited or upset when they are around people,” Cassandra said.

“Female reindeer are half the size of males. The girls weigh an average of 200 pounds and the boys between 400 and 425 pounds up to 500 pounds. Reindeer can live to be 16 to 20 years old,” she noted.

The farm had a whitetail deer herd thanks to David’s mother Nancy, a wildlife rehabilitator. As the farm’s owners, Cassandra and David continued Nancy’s whitetail deer education programs for the public.

“In December of 2011, my husband and I were in Shamokin when this little girl, about three feet tall, came to our display area to see the whitetail fawns. She pitched her hip, crossed her arms, put her nose up in the air and said, ‘That’s not a reindeer,’ did an about face and off she went. My husband’s instant response was, ‘That’s it! We’re getting reindeer.’”

The couple began looking into what it would take to care for reindeer, from what they ate to how to protect them from disease. Native to the Arctic, reindeer do not have built-in immunity to Pennsylvania parasites and illnesses. Unlike the state’s white-tailed deer, which are wild, reindeer are domestic animals.

In 2015, the first two reindeer arrived at the farm from Indianapolis, Indiana. “Currently we have seven,” said Cassandra. “Our females are nine-year-old Ginger, seven-year-old Clarice, three-year-old Comet and 20-month old Knees. Our two bull reindeer are four-year-old Prancer and three-year-old Dancer. Appropriately on May 12, Mother’s Day, Comet had a baby boy. We named him Murry Christmas. He is the first reindeer born on our farm and is now eight months old. We are hoping that all four of our females will have babies next year,” Cassandra said. “We are rooting for Prancer, Murry’s dad, but we also know that we may have none,” she said.

“My husband wants at least eight reindeer. Fifteen would allow us to have a small herd at the farm when we take our reindeer to events,” said Cassandra. “This season we are taking them to nursing homes, schools and community events like Wellsboro’s Christmas on Main Street and will be traveling east as far as Brooklyn, New York, south to Philadelphia and west to Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.”

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A young girl meets a reindeer at Spruce Run Farm in Bloomsburg, Pa.

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Comet (front) and Clarice (standing) will be visiting in Wellsboro this Saturday.


This Sunday, Dec. 15 at 12:30 p.m., people interested in the history of Christmas ornament making at the Corning Glass Works factory in Wellsboro will hear “Stories from Christmas Ornaments Past.” Regan Brumagen and Skip Cavanaugh are presenting this free program in the lobby at the Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street in Wellsboro.

“The Wellsboro Ribbon Machine produced Christmas ornaments for decades, insuring its place in pop culture history,” said Brumagen, associate librarian for public services at the Corning Museum of Glass. Rakow Research Library. “The Ribbon Machine is also, of course, an enduring technological marvel. For glass enthusiasts, these two characteristics place it at the top of important glass inventions,” she said. During the program, Brumagen will share some of the stories and documentation about the Ribbon Machine and its rich history and how people can preserve and record their own memories.

Cavanaugh was employed at the Corning Glass Works plant in Wellsboro and knows a lot about the Ribbon Machine. “On Aug. 23, 1965, I started out as an hourly employee in the Christmas ornament decorating department working 10 hours a day, oftentimes six days a week.” He left the hourly ranks in 1979 and went into management. Cavanaugh was the plant’s technical general manager of finishing and packing Christmas ornaments. He is a fount of information about the process, the ribbon machines and the different styles, sizes and shapes of ornaments produced at the plant and where they were shipped. “I had many managerial jobs from 1979 until I retired in 2001,” he noted. “What I would also like to share during this program is how we worked together at the plant and became a tight-knit family.”

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Regan Brumagen


Thomas Putnam, artistic director for Hamilton-Gibson Productions based in Wellsboro, has announced audition and registration dates and locations for the “Frozen Junior” Winter Theater Arts Camp in Elkland.

Due to a grant from the Deerfield Charitable Trust, youth from the Northern Tioga School District can attend camp for free. Each student will receive a camp T-shirt, the script/score, CD, and instruction in theatre arts. The Elkland camp is open to any student currently in the third through ninth grades who live in Northern Tioga School District communities and are homeschooled or attend public or private schools.

Registration and auditions will be after school this coming Monday, Dec. 16 at Clark Wood Elementary School at 110 Addison Hill Road in Elkland and Tuesday, Dec. 17 at R. B. Walter Elementary School at 65 Junction Cross Road in Tioga. Students from all over the Northern Tioga School District can register and audition at either site.

On registration and audition days, parents will be asked to sign permission slips to allow their children to participate in the camp and performances. All youth who register will be given the “Frozen Junior” script and CD to take home to memorize their lines and songs by Wednesday, Jan. 22, the first day of camp.

The camp will be in the Elkland Auditorium at 110 Addison Hill Road on the following dates: Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 22, 23 and 24, Monday, Jan. 27, Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 29, 30 and 31, Saturday, Feb. 1, Monday, Feb. 3, and Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 5 and 6. On weekdays, this after school camp will begin at 3:45 p.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

During the 11-day camp, participating youth will learn the music, choreography, stage movement and other skills in preparation for performances of Disney’s “Frozen Junior”. The campers will give performances during school hours for students at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 and Pay-What-You-Can performances for the public at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8. All performance will be in the Elkland Auditorium.

Campers will learn and perform a full stage show while gaining experience in all things theatre arts, from improvisational acting to mime, music, choreography, art, costuming, stage movement, vocal training and more.

“Frozen Junior” is a musical based on the 2013 film “Frozen” that centers on the relationship between two sisters who are princesses. Anna sets off on a journey with rugged iceman Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and naive snowman Olaf to find Elsa whose icy powers have trapped their kingdom in eternal winter. In March 2014, Frozen became the first film by Walt Disney Animation Studios to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and won the Best Original Song award for “Let It Go”.

“The movie and songs are very familiar to many students and adults,” said Putnam. “There are both singing and speaking roles and a wonderfully large chorus so everyone can be involved. Those who want to be in the chorus do not have to audition but must attend registration,” Putnam added.

For more information about registration and the auditions, call the H-G office at (570) 724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com.


The Tiadaghton Audubon Society is holding a business and planning meeting at 6 p.m. this coming Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the Old Music Room at the Wellsboro Area School District Administration Building at 227 Nichols Street in Wellsboro. It is free and open to the public.

The public is encouraged to attend this meeting to suggest activities for 2020 and learn about upcoming winter events, such as the Christmas Bird Counts on Saturday, Dec. 21 and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

Attending the meeting will be Denise Mitcheltree, Pennsylvania Game Commission Potter and Tioga land management group supervisor and Chris Firestone, a botanist based in Wellsboro with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry Wild Plant Management Program. They will talk about game commission proposals for treating invasive plants in The Muck and a possible option for repairs to and/or the redesign of the bird blind there. The Muck is a large wetland area about 3.5 miles north of Wellsboro on Route 287. It was designated as an Important Bird Area by the Pennsylvania Audubon Society in 1999. Its combined public (State Game Lands 313) and private holdings total 640 acres.

For more information, contact the Tiadaghton Audubon Society by visiting tiadaghtonaudubon.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/TiadaghtonAudubon/, emailing tasmember@yahoo.com or calling Sean and Robin Minnick at (570) 948-9052.


A dinner meeting and general planning session for 2020 is being held by the Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter, Tioga County, Pa. at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club at 339 Sportsman’s Club Road, Mansfield, Pa. Chili will be provided. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass.

To be discussed will be monthly training topics for 2020, fundraising projects and the calendar of events. A separate date for live fire shooting will also be scheduled at this meeting. Marilyn Jones and Patricia Butts are chapter co-leaders.

Any woman, 18 or older from any county or state who is interested in joining this Well Armed Woman chapter is welcome to attend any meeting. Those who join can be a beginner or novice with absolutely no experience in handling a gun to those who are skilled and experienced shooters. The fee is $50 per year.

Women who don’t own a firearm and want more information before making a purchase or want to find out about joining the chapter are invited to contact Jones at (570) 549-2794 or jones_mk@yahoo.com.


The Tiadaghton Audubon Society, based in Wellsboro, is hosting two Christmas Bird Counts. The annual Cowanesque Circle bird count is on Saturday, Dec. 21 and the annual Wellsboro-Mansfield Circle bird count is on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

It is not necessary to be a member of the Tiadaghton or the National Audubon Society to participate in a bird count.

By this Saturday, Dec. 14, those interested in taking part in the Dec. 21 or Jan. 1 bird counts are asked to contact the Tiadaghton Audubon Society to be assigned an area by emailing tasmember@yahoo.com or by calling Sean and Robin Minnick at 570-948-9052.

Cowanesque Circle bird count volunteers will meet at Me-Ma’s restaurant in Tioga, Pa. and be given their area assignments. Those planning to eat breakfast should be at the restaurant by 6:30 a.m. and the others by 7 a.m. The Cowanesque Circle is centered on Cowanesque Lake and has a radius of 7.5 miles, which covers the following areas: North – Pinnacle State Park in N.Y.; South – Ives Run Campground; West – Osceola; and East – East Lawrence Road and Woodford Road.

Mansfield-Wellsboro Circle bird count volunteers will get their area assignments via email. The Wellsboro-Mansfield Circle is centered on the intersection of Whitneyville and Charleston roads with a radius of 7.5 miles, covering the following areas: North – Ives Run Campground; South – Arnot and South Elk Road; West – Route 6 and Heise Run Road; and East – Mansfield University.

“When Frank Chapman started the Christmas Bird Census in 1900, it was a visionary act,” said Audubon President John Flicker. “No one could have predicted how important the CBC would become as a resource and tool for conservation.”

“Each CBC volunteer observer is an important contributor, helping to shape the overall direction of bird conservation,” said Geoff LeBaron, Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count director.

Tioga County, through the Tiadaghton Audubon Society, has been represented in the count every year since 1968, four years before the chapter was chartered in 1972. Founded in 1906 with 23 members, it is officially the oldest chapter in Pennsylvania. The Tiadaghton name was selected in 1953.

Photo by Gary Tyson
Pictured in this photograph taken by Tiadaghton Audubon Society member Gary Tyson is a Dark-eyed Junco. These birds live in Tioga County year-round.