CURWENSVILLE – Curwensville’s annual holiday celebration, Home for the Holidays, is gearing up for its 14th year, and the final touches are being put in place for the Nov. 3-6 event.
A variety of events are slated for Thursday through Sunday throughout Curwensville and the surrounding area. Additionally, merchants throughout the Curwensville area will be holding special sales, activities and more.
Thursday, those interested can participate in a Candlelight Tour of Curwensville churches. The group will visit churches in and around Curwensville and learn about the history of each church.
Which churches have had more than one location over the years? Which church is the oldest? What are some of the notable events that have involved the churches? You should be at the Curwensville Presbyterian Church at 5:15 p.m. to find out.
Thursday is also the annual Fuel Aid concert at Curwensville Christian Church at 7 p.m. The cost is $5 per person and all proceeds, including donations, go to help benefit the ministerium’s fuel fund, which helps Curwensville area families with fuel costs through the winter.
On Friday the Curwensville-Grampian Knights of Columbus will hold a Wine Walk event from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. You visit local merchants to sample local wine and participate in special events at each location.
The Wine Walk is open only to those 21 years of age and older with valid identification and the cost is $20.
Tickets can be purchased from participating merchants, Knights of Columbus members or at St. Timothy Catholic Church’s social hall the night of the event.
Participants will also receive a commemorative wine glass.
Carriage rides return this year on Friday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Rides are first come, first served and cost $5 per person. Those wishing to ride should go to the Curwensville United Methodist Church parking lot.
Something new this year on Friday and Saturday is a model train and miniature village display at Curwensville Christian and Missionary Alliance church. Visitors can come to the church from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday to see model trains in operation and a variety of miniature villages.
And what holiday event would be complete without a visit from Santa Claus? On Saturday at 12 p.m., the annual Christmas parade will kick off the season down State Street, bringing in Old St. Nick himself. Afterwards, Santa will meet with children, hear their wishes and give each a popcorn treat.
There will also be weekend-long events with opportunities to win prizes. The Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home will sponsor a scavenger hunt Thursday through Saturday.
You pick up a form at the funeral home and then visit merchants to collect phrases and complete the song in order to win cash prizes. A gift certificate giveaway will also take place. You check in with participating merchants to get your sheet signed, and then turn it in to win gift certificates.