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By on November 7, 2018
This year’s Toyland was built from scratch, then assembled Nov. 3 at the Whistlestop Plaza. Photo by Dick Wanner

This year’s Toyland was built from scratch, then assembled Nov. 3 at the Whistlestop Plaza. Photo by Dick Wanner

Volunteers transform Whistlestop Plaza into holiday Toyland

When Sue Burkholder offered to turn Ephrata’s Whistlestop Plaza into a holiday season Toyland, she figured she’d have two good arms to work with. Then she fell and injured her rotator cuff, which put her arm in a sling.

So, she asked for volunteers from Salon Art-tiff —where she’s the owner — and salon employees turned out in force Sunday afternoon. They brought along muscle in the form of husbands, dads, and boyfriends.

Santa will again be holding court in the Ephrata Development Organization visitor’s center, while youngsters waiting for their turn with the jolly old elf will amuse themselves in the gingerbread-themed Toyland.

Burkholder expressed her and the EDO’s thanks to Musselman’s Lumber for contributing the lumber used to build Toyland. Key-Aid Ace Hardware contributed towards the cost of the lights.

Santa is scheduled to arrive at the visitors’ center on Friday, Nov. 23, where he plans to listen from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to the younger set’s hopes and dreams for Christmas morning.

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