N. Catty generates holiday excitement
With a Luminary Night on Saturday, Dec. 15, and a holiday home decorating contest under way, North Catasauqua is inviting residents to demonstrate a sleigh full of holiday spirit this month.
In this small borough, everyone gets into the Santa act. The borough kicked off the season on Thanksgiving weekend with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony Nov. 29 sponsored by the borough recreation committee. Luminary Night is hosted by the North Catasauqua We Sing Community Chorus and the Small Town USA Holiday Home Decorating Contest is sponsored by the North Catasauqua Betterment Committee.
The tree lighting ceremony offered hot chocolate and cookies, a gingerbread house contest and a chance to sit on Santa Claus' lap in addition to viewing the illuminating of a tall evergreen at the borough park.
Saturday's Luminary Night will feature the lighting of hundreds of luminia bags around the borough and at the park. The sale of luminaria is a We Sing fundraiser and is capped off by Saturday's luminaria lighting at dusk and a community carol sing and concert led by the chorus beginning at 6 p.m. This is the third year that the town will be outlined in the glow of holiday luminarias.
The chorus will stroll and sing carols around the park beginning at 6:30 p.m. Horse and wagon rides, sponsored by Daku's Auto Body and other sponsors, will be offered for $1. TIP the Crayola Crayone and other favorite holiday characters will be present. Residents are encouraged to bring cameras to capture their children's interactions with these special guests. Complimentary hot chocolate and snacks will be served and there will be candy canes for everyone at this very family-friendly event.
In case of rain, the event will be postponed until Sunday.
Volunteers are needed to help distribute luminary bags around the park and at other borough locations. Set up will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., and the candles will be lit beginning at 4 p.m. for the official 5 p.m. start of Luminary Night. Volunteers may call 610-264-1504 or send an email to NorthCataWeSing@aol.com for information.
A drive through of North Catasauqua at night will reveal a large number of homes are lit up for the holidays as many residents untangle lights, hangwreaths and put Frosty the Snowman and Nativity scenes on their lawns.
The North Catasauqua Betterment Committee will once again reward home decorators for their efforts to light up their neighborhoods with their sixth annual holiday home decorating contest. Entries will be judged and first-place prizes will be awarded in large residence and small residence categories. Second- and third-place prizes will also be awarded.
The first-place large residence will receive a $75 retail or restaurant gift card, a prize ribbon and a framed photo of the residence. The first-place small residence will receive a $50 gift card, a prize ribbon and a framed photo.
The second-place residence will receive a $40 gift card, a ribbon and a framed photo. The third-place winner will be given a $25 gift card, a ribbon and a framed photo.
There is no cost to enter the contest. The deadline for entries to be turned in at borough hall is Wednesday, Dec. 19. Judging will take place that evening.
Residents may enter their own home or nominate a neighbor. Rules and entry forms are available at the borough hall or by emailing NCataCentennial@aol.com.
A self-guided tour of the borough will be made available for anyone to drive through the streets and view the entries, and may be published in The Press if space is available.
A final dose of borough holiday spirit is on display at borough hall, where residents may purchase North Catasauqua pride items ranging from car magnets to sweatshirts, ponchos and Cat's Meow wooden replicas of the local sites.