Catasauqua Press

Monday, December 17, 2018
Santa and Mrs. Claus spend some time with Caydence Dollar, clutching a Grinch doll and donning a hat with his likeness, during Catasauqua Borough’s tree-lighting and holiday celebration, held Dec. 2 at George Taylor House. Santa and Mrs. Claus spend some time with Caydence Dollar, clutching a Grinch doll and donning a hat with his likeness, during Catasauqua Borough’s tree-lighting and holiday celebration, held Dec. 2 at George Taylor House.
Girl Scouts with Troop 6675 offer cookies, made by Revolution Church, at the annual holiday event. Pictured are Bella Day, Kelsea Warren, Aliva Bear, Regan Bernard, Kaylee Monahah and Delany Troxell. Girl Scouts with Troop 6675 offer cookies, made by Revolution Church, at the annual holiday event. Pictured are Bella Day, Kelsea Warren, Aliva Bear, Regan Bernard, Kaylee Monahah and Delany Troxell.
PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILGunnery Sgt. Kenneth Serfass and his Antebellum Marine Band entertain the crowd with Christmas carols. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILGunnery Sgt. Kenneth Serfass and his Antebellum Marine Band entertain the crowd with Christmas carols.
Santa and Mrs. Claus pose for a holiday photo with Nicholas and Madison Stockwell during Catasauqua’s tree-lighting and holiday celebration, held Dec. 2 at George Taylor House.PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMIL Santa and Mrs. Claus pose for a holiday photo with Nicholas and Madison Stockwell during Catasauqua’s tree-lighting and holiday celebration, held Dec. 2 at George Taylor House.PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMIL
The borough’s Christmas tree is aglow, thanks to Santa’s helper Kate Dalbertis, who was given the task of flipping the switch. The borough’s Christmas tree is aglow, thanks to Santa’s helper Kate Dalbertis, who was given the task of flipping the switch.

A festive night

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Residents enjoy carols, crafts, visit from Santa at Catasauqua event

Catasauqua Borough continued its long-standing tradition of lighting the borough Christmas tree on the first Sunday of December. The light rain did not deter too many revelers at this year’s event, held Dec. 2.

“We were happy so many residents came out to enjoy the evening,” Mayor Barbara Schlegel said.

Some of the events were canceled because of the rain, but a fun-filled night was still in store.

Gunnery Sgt. Kenneth Serfass brought his Antebellum Marine Band to play Christmas songs under the pavilion. The choir from Holy Tri- nity Memorial Lutheran Church joined the band for Christmas carols.

Girl Scout Troop 6675 enticed the crowd with cookies made by Revolution Church. Bishop James McIver and his congregation opened their church for crafts.

The key event was the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. The venue for Santa shifted to inside the George Taylor House to keep everyone dry. The slight change for this year was not noticed by the anxious children waiting in line to meet St. Nick.

Every year, the fire department brings Santa to the tree lighting on a firetruck. This year, everything looked the same, but the subtle difference was the firetruck is owned by Deputy Chief Darryl Paul. The Catasauqua firetruck was captained by Paul and his father when it served the borough. It was sold around 2000 and bounced around until it hit eBay. Paul snapped it up and brought it back home. After years of work, it brought Santa to Catasauqua and made Paul and his family smile.

The evening ended with some residents heading over to Taylor House Brewing Company for some craft beers and special snacks to cap off the memorable event.