Luzerne Merchants Association Hosts ‘Santa’s Workshop’

December 16, 2018
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Luzerne Merchants Association Hosts ‘Santa’s Workshop’

LUZERNE — Santa joined parents and their children on a buggy pulled by horses down Main Street in Luzerne on Saturday and waved to everyone who passed by. Rob Dalessandro and Samantha Harrison of Plains Twp. smiled as they took photos of their 2-year-old son Levi on Santa’s lap. They also brought their 4-month-old daughter Kaylee on the horse and buggy ride. Their son also made Christmas tree ornaments inside Coal City Tavern on Main Street and enjoyed snacks. “It was probably one of the nicest events we’ve been to,” Dalessandro said. “It was really an awesome time being here. It was very enjoyable.” The family was among hundreds who attended the event called “Santa’s Workshop,” which was hosted by the Luzerne Merchants Association. In addition to the free horse and buggy rides down Main Street, Santa also posed for photos with children inside Coal City Tavern. Children enjoyed free cookies and hot cocoa and members of Wyoming Valley West High School varsity boys’ basketball team volunteered to help children make Christmas ornaments and crafts at different stations. Justus Simpson and Roland Hamad, both 17 and both 11th graders at Wyoming Valley West, were among the basketball players who helped young children make candy cane and snowmen crafts and Christmas tree ornaments. “They needed helpers and my little brother came here so we’re just helping out,” Simpson said. “It looks like a lot of people are having fun.” The Luzerne Merchants Association has a long tradition of hosting Santa on Main Street and gathering people to celebrate Christmas in the borough. The association also hosts other events throughout the year. “We like to donate our time and put something together for the town and the kids,” said Aubrey Gryskiewicz, events coordinator for the Luzerne Merchants Association. “The joy of it is seeing all the kids’ faces.” The association purchased the crafts for kids and toys were donated for a raffle. Gryskiewicz said the Wyoming Valley West basketball players were a big help and they also raised funds for their team at the event. As volunteers were setting up, a line of people waited outside Coal City Tavern. Crowds also lined up throughout the afternoon for the horse and buggy ride. Jamie Dawson of Shavertown brought her 1-year-old daughter Sienna to the event and they took a spot in line to ride the buggy pulled by horses. She learned about the event on Facebook. “I thought it was nice that it is free and something local to do,” Dawson said. Contact the writer: dallabaugh@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2115, @CVAllabaugh

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