20th Festival of Ice opens today

LEWISTOWN — The 20th annual Juniata River Valley Festival of Ice kicks off today in downtown Lewistown and continues

on Friday.

The theme, “Honoring Our Military,” is intended as a salute to all American soldiers.

The theme will be represented throughout the festival — from the ice sculptures on the sidewalks to the decorations on the Mifflin County Historic Courthouse, to the USO Club Dance and re-enactments on Monument Square.

Activities and events include: re-enactors on Monument Square; Holiday Gift Emporium, and student art work and performance at the Evolution Arts Center (former Glick’s Shoe Store); Big Brothers Big Sisters Gingerbread House Contest; Embassy Theatre tours; free kids’ activities; Live Nativity; music and decorations by the Mifflin County Garden Club at the McCoy House; written Christmas wishes; and Star Country hayrides.

The schedule of events includes:

Today

5-9 p.m. –Mifflin County Model Railroad Club Open House in the lower level at 3 West Monument Square;

5-9 p.m. –Talk to Santa at West Side Gallery;

6 p.m. –The Crazy Parade kicks off from St. John’s Lutheran Church at North Main and Third streets;

6-8 p.m. –Hayrides

6:15 p.m. — SUN Home Health Services Tree of Love ceremony on the steps of the Mifflin County

Historic Courthouse;

6-9 p.m. –Juniata Valley Bank Holiday Market and the Holiday Gift Emporium are open;

6-9 p.m. –Free kids’ crafts in the UCP Building;

6:30-8:30 p.m. –Doug Romig and Bob Ritchey perform at the McCoy House Museum;

6:30 p.m. — Caroling with Carol and Friends starts at the Mifflin County Historic Courthouse;

6:45 p.m. –Sacred Heart School Choir at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, South Main and Water streets;

6:45 p.m. –Miss Stephanie’s School of Dance performs on North Main Street, beside the Mifflin County Historic Courthouse;

7 p.m. –Margaret McCann School of Dance performs excerpts from their holiday ballet, “A Little Princess,” at St. John’s

Lutheran Church;

7 p.m. –Mifflin County Community Band will perform in the courtroom of the Mifflin County Historic Courthouse;

7 p.m. –Unusual Suspects will perform at the Live Nativity;

7:30 p.m. –The Presbyterian Children’s Choir will perform at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Friday

4:30 p.m. –Registration begins for the Chillin’ 4K Race/Walk at Falkner Technologies at 21 E. Market St.;

5-9 p.m. –Mifflin County Model Railroad Club Open House in the lower level at 3 West Monument Square;

6 p.m. — Chillin’ 4K Race/Walk begins at the east end of Monument Square;

6-9 p.m. –Juniata Valley Bank Holiday Market and the Holiday Gift Emporium are open;

6-9 p.m. –Free kids’ crafts in the UCP Building;

6:30 p.m. — Caroling with Carol and Friends starts at the Mifflin County Historic Courthouse;

6:30-8:30 p.m. –Doug Romig and Bob Ritchey perform at the McCoy House Museum;

6:30 p.m. — The Hillbillies, Juniata County 4-H Square Dancers, perform on North Main Street;

7:15-7:30 p.m. — Super Star Twirlers perform on North Main Street;

7 p.m. –Chris Ruble performs in the courtroom at the Mifflin County Historical Courthouse. A special performance of “Abundance and Charity,” from the upcoming Christmas musical, will also be performed;

7 p.m. — Mifflin County High School Cantare Chamber Choir, directed by Sherry Morgan, will appear at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Third Street;

7 p.m. — Studio 32 School of Dance will appear at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on South Main and Water streets;

7 p.m. –Beth-El Choir will perform at the Live Nativity;

7-9 p.m. –USO Club Dance at Ron Myers’ Auction House.

The following streets in Lewistown will be closed to traffic and parking beginning at 3 p.m. today and Friday: Market Street from Grand to Brown, and North and South Main Street from Monument Square to the alleys. Parking is available on side streets and in the following public parking lots: Mifflin County Library and Woodlawn parking lots; behind the BonTon; behind South Hills School of Business and Technology; Third Street lot beside United Fire Co.

For more information, visit www.JuniataRiverValley.org.

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