Pancoast’s holiday tour concludes at Krasley Christmas

By on December 20, 2017

 

Judy Pancoast, shown here performing in at the Laurel Avenue Lights display on Nov. 30, will wrap up her “House on Christmas Street” tour on Dec. 22 at the home of Don and Tammy Krasley. (Photo by Dennis Bicksler)

The final performance of singer/songwriter Judy Pancoast’s House on Christmas Street charity tour will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22 at the home of Don and Tammy Krasley, 525 Woodland Ave., Manheim. The Krasleys’ choreographed light display will provide the backdrop for the Grammy nominee’s free concert.

“Judy is a lot of fun,” Don Krasley said. “It’s exciting that she’s coming here; she really gets the audience involved and evokes the spirit of Christmas. It’s an hour of pure enjoyment.”

Parking for the concert is available along Woodland Ave. and surrounding streets; Krasley reminded people not to block driveways.

Pancoast’s tour of decorated houses kicked off Nov. 30 in Lititz and included stops at festively decorated venues in Indiana, Illinois, Wyoming, Washington, Texas, Alabama, Florida and Kentucky.

(Display photos by Alan Johnson)

“The House on Christmas Street tour gives me an opportunity to make people happy. It’s a whirlwind tour that’s a lot of work, but I love it,” Pancoast said, “There’s so much going on at this time that we can lose sight of the spirit of Christmas. When people come to one of these concerts with their family, they share the spirit of Christmas — the love and sharing that’s part of the season.”

She pointed out that each stop on the tour raises funds for a community charity. Krasley Christmas supports Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania.

This is not the first time Pancoast has performed at the Krasleys’ display. She said she’s gotten to know both Don and Tammy and considers them close friends.

“They are caring people,” she said adding that the couple helped sponsor this year’s tour.

This is the 11th year for the elaborate display at the Krasley home.

“We had decorated with lights before, but we just went crazy (with lights and decorations) the past 11 years,” Don Krasley said.

The choreographed display features 30 songs on a loop system. A computer turns the display on at 5:30 p.m. and off at 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Those who view it are encouraged to tune their radio to 87.9 FM.

An electrician by trade, Don does everything himself. Even the boards that control the display are made from kits he’s assembled. Krasley said the light display remains pretty much the same year-to-year, but there may be some minor adjustments or additions.

“It’s too difficult to make major changes,” he said. “There’s just so much involved.”

Don and Carol McElroy have been neighbors of the Krasleys for about 20 years.

“It’s kind of magical to see Don’s display. It something that spreads a lot of joy to the neighbors as well as guests,” Don McElroy said, “As neighbors we appreciate all the time that goes into the display. It’s not disruptive; it’s all computerized and goes off at 10 during the week. Sometimes when I come home from work later at night, it’s very welcoming to see the lights.”

The display does have some viewers during the week, but McElroy said it does get busy on the weekend also closer to Christmas.

“It’s pretty festive. People get out of their cars and socialize as they watch the lights. It really makes you think about the reason for the season,” he said.

Krasley pointed out that there are two special features of the display. To honor police officers and other first responders, at one point all the lights are blue. There’s also pink ribbons and lights. Krasley explained that it’s in honor of breast cancer survivors, of which Tammy is one.

“She’s been cancer-free for five years now,” he said. “We look on every day as a blessing.”

This is the seventh year that Krasley Christmas has collected donations for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania.

“I selected this organization since it’s something that helps families,” he explained.

The Ronald McDonald House keeps children and families together by providing temporary housing, at no charge, to out-of-town families of seriously ill children who are being treated at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. Krasley said over the past six years, nearly $20,000 has been donated to the organization. He’s also assisted the organization be installing holiday lights on the exterior of its facility in Hershey. It’s not an elaborate display, but “It helps provide a festive look that will hopefully help brighten someone’s day,” he added.

Visit Krasley Christmas on Facebook to learn more about the display and Pancoast’s performance. The display comes down Jan. 2.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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