Children attending the Pen Argyl Community Christmas Party enjoy comedian Tom Yurasits Friday night at the Weona Park Community Center. The show was hosted by Pen Argyl Borough and the Borough Outreach committee. The goodies, drinks and gifts were donated by local businesses, the Mayor and Pen Argyl Borough Council. (More photos below) (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
BMCL Book Nook Has Gifts For You
Are you looking for an inexpensive gift for the readers on your Christmas List? If so, the Blue Mountain Community Library may have the answer.
The newly renovated Book Nook, located on the second floor of the library, has over 1,000 items from which to choose. There are adult fiction and non-fiction books, classics and adult large print books, children’s books, puzzles, books on tape, DVDs and CDs available to purchase. Some well-known authors in the adult book section include Lisa Scottoline, Lee Child, Karen Robards, Stuart Woods, David Baldacci, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts and many others.
All books are gently used, many of which are in excellent condition. The cost of all hard cover books, DVDs, CDs, and puzzles is $1.00, soft cover is $.50 and children’s soft cover books are $.25. Gift Certificates, which would make nice stocking stuffers, are also available. Stop in and look around. Your purchase will help support your library.
The library staff would like to take this opportunity to thank Dave King for the many hours he volunteers in the Book Nook.
The Blue Mountain Community Library is located at 216 S. Robinson Ave. in Pen Argyl. Hours are M-Sa, 10:00 am –Noon, and M-Th, 6:00-8:00 pm. Call Lisa at 610-863-3029 for information or to become a volunteer. The website is www.bmcl.org.
The Blue Mountain Community Library has much to offer for Christmas gifting. Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
DIY Decorating That Lasts All Season Long
As the holidays roll around, it's natural to want to spread good tidings and cheer with festive decorations like wreaths, candy canes and Santa Claus figurines. But this year, instead of digging out the same old holiday decorations, why not create some new looks that will last the entire winter season, even after you put away the gift wrap and ornaments?
Stimulate the senses
Nothing says winter like the fresh smell of pine and the soft, warm glow of candle light. Repurpose simple glass bottles into an outdoorsy candlescape with Krylon Natural Stone Textured Finish spray paint. Available in eight colors, like Olivine, it goes on easy and gives you the natural beauty of stone and an elegant, professional-looking appearance. Once dry, wrap artificial garland with pinecones around the bottle's neck or let the garland cascade down the bottle. Place pine tree-scented white taper candles in the bottle openings, light and enjoy for a fresh look and smell that will stimulate your senses well into 2014.
Color works wonders
Another easy way to excite the senses during a drab, gray winter is with pops of color. For a decorative display that lasts all season, avoid the red and green color combination associated with Christmas and branch out with more contemporary choices like teals, blues, purples and pinks. Metallics like silver and gold are also a great way to glitz up the season without looking like the North Pole in overdrive. Try Krylon's ColorMaster Metallic in Gold to spice up old ornaments, vases, frames, centerpieces and more in no time at all. Group spray-painted ornaments or pine cones in a hurricane vase or glass bowl and display on the mantel for added ambiance to any living room.
Deck the halls
Looking for a way to display the abundance of holiday cards from friends and family? Repurpose an old window shutter to create a unique display. Start by spray painting it with a festive shade, such as green or burgundy, which adds a touch of holiday spirit. Once dry, hang the shutter in the kitchen or entryway and place holiday cards in the slats of the shutter for a creative way to stay organized. Once the holidays have passed, you can still use the shutter to display birthday cards, thank you notes, party invitations and more all year long.
The inside of the home isn't the only space you can be creative. Make a lasting statement before houseguests even step inside your home by focusing decorative attention to the outside. Line walkways and driveways with lights or faux miniature pine trees, and place white flameless candlesticks on each windowsill to add a simple touch of holiday spirit without going overboard. Prop a vintage snow sled outside the front door to welcome guests.
So, this year instead of the same decorations, consider some fun and easy ways to re-beautify them into pieces that you'll be proud to display throughout the winter season. For more product or project ideas, visit www.krylon.com.
These people visit the venue of Sabatino's Insurance during Christmas on South Robinson Wednesday in Pen Argyl. (More photos tomorrow)Sbtt Photo Sarah Loren
The Merchants Bank Staff had this photo taken recently with Santa and Mrs Claus. Back row: Melissa , Michael, Brenda , Kelly Front row: Mrs. Claus, Connie, Santa Claus
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