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Canonsburg’s ‘Old Fashioned Christmas’ gets boost from Hallmark Channel
The streets are adorned with holiday lights.
The windows are decorated with red-and-white candy canes and pink-and-green gum drops.
The trees are trimmed with sparkling ornaments and silver garland.
It’s reminiscent of a scene out of a vintage Hallmark movie.
So it’s fitting that Canonsburg’s Old Fashioned Christmas has all the makings of those little cozy towns one would see on the Countdown to Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel. Hallmark is sponsoring Canonsburg’s festive event for a second consecutive year and has donated 3,500 holiday ornaments and a Christmas tree. It will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday
“Hallmark is great to do this,” said Lisa Scarmazzi, the event chairperson. “Our town epitomizes what the Hallmark Channel represents, a sense of community and traditions. Canonsburg’s Old Fashioned Christmas is about family and what better time to celebrate the importance of loved ones than at Christmastime. Everyone loves this event.”
They showed that last year when, despite inclement weather, 2,000 to 3,000 people were there from this town of 9,500. The event has been expanded to two days, which will include a tree lighting at 6 p.m. Friday and a parade at 5 p.m. Saturday.
New are the gingerbread house designs along Pike Street. They are part of a challenge where companies – from Canonsburg as well as other areas in Western Pennsylvania – paid $500 and attendees will vote on the best. There will also be community gingerbread houses on display.
Attendees can get a photo taken by the signature red pickup truck and spend some time with Santa Claus in Candy Cane Lane.
There will be 40 craft vendors in the Christmas Market, food trucks, live music and a Christmas tree sale.
Andrew Andronas, who grew up in Canonsburg and owns Blue Star USA, a construction company based in Washington, Pa., is teaming up with Blueprints of Washington County for the Holiday Wish Program. For every Christmas tree sold, Andronas will donate one with lights, decorations and a stand to Blueprints, which will help a family in need.
“Canonsburg is a small town feel with big dreams,” Andronas said. “This little town shoots for the stars and if we can help a family have a better Christmas, that is the best feeling in the world. It really pulls at your heartstrings when you think of kids without a Christmas tree.”
Having their community highlighted by Hallmark is a dream come true for committee members R.T. Bell and Sophia Bell. R.T. Bell is a former Canonsburg police chief and the couple travels to Bethlehem, Pa., every year where there is a huge Christmas celebration.
“We really enjoyed going to Bethlehem and thought, ‘Why can’t we have something like that here?’ ’’ he said. “We felt it was successful last year despite all the rain and want it to be bigger and better this year. Being in Bethlehem was like going back in time and we wanted to create that kind of feeling here.”
The event is hosted by the Borough of Canonsburg and Greater Canonsburg Chamber of Commerce.
“We want this to be a destination,” said Scarmazzi, who retired from Pittsburgh-based Scarmazzi Homes, which she owns with her husband Paul. “I am so thankful to all of the businesses who have given their support. Everyone we asked to be a part of this said yes. People have gone out of their way to accommodate us. This event is such a wonderful way to bring together our community. Everyone is welcome.”
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