Baby it’s cold outside

By on December 3, 2014


Frosty weather greets Santa’s Black Friday arrival in Downtown EphrataKerry Hendrickson Pepper

Santa’s Black Friday arrival at this year’s chilly downtown Christmas-tree lighting was perfect.

Perfect for consuming hot chocolate, cider, coffee, popcorn, and cookies &tstr; all of which were available during the outdoor festivities on a closed-to-traffic Main Street.




Perfect arctic-like temps that dipped into the mid – the high for the day was 13 degrees below average – greeted Santa’s reindeer and sleigh that landed on the usual spot high on top of Ephrata National Bank.James Gehman

Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company’s bucket truck plucked Santa off the roof and directed him to the line of kids that formed inside The Fun-est Toy Store Ever. That line of families waiting to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus ran along Main Street.ER20141203_CSanta8

Sponsored once again by the Ephrata Merchants Association, the event also featured more cell phone cameras that captured more smiles than anyone could remember.

You can find some cell-phone pictures sent from Ephrata Review readers who enjoyed the cool fall weather with Santa.

Ephrata Performing Arts Center gave a preview of their newest show, “Annie” in front of the beautifully lit 25-foot blue Spruce that was donated by the Diffenderfer family of Akron.ER20141203_CSanta7

After meeting Santa, families took the brief stroll to the Ephrata Main theater to view the classic Christmas movie, White Christmas, shown free to all, along with free popcorn.

Stephanie Harley, owner of Intermezzo by Stephanie and Ephrata Merchants Association representative, labeled the event another qualified success. She gave credit to those who made it happen.

“It takes community and local business to make a neighborhood,” Harley noted.ER20141203_CSantaPalma159

“A huge thank you to the community for their support and braving the cold weather, the Ephrata National Bank for their sponsorship of this event and the support of the Borough of Ephrata and Blue Ridge Communications in assisting with the Ephrata Merchants to ensure the success of the event and having downtown look like a winter wonderland,” Harley said.

Patrick Burns is a staff writer for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at or at 721-4455

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