Christmas in Manheim

By on December 6, 2017

Santas filling the streets, roasted peanuts (not chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but close), children’s crafts, a pancake breakfast, a community carol sing and tree lighting, and a tour of festively decorated homes all were part of a magical Christmas in Manheim Dec. 1 to 3.

Santa seemed to be everywhere — at a 5K race, pancake breakfast, and a special event at the Manheim railroad station.

Santa Run

Santa-clad runners and walkers, some with festively garbed four-legged friends, filled the streets Saturday morning as nearly 350 people participated in the Manheim Lions Club’s Santa Run 5K. Top finishers received hand-blown glass trophies crafted by the artisans at Stiegel Glassworks 1976. Race chairperson Nancy Husser said the event raised $3,000 for the Lions Club.

Steve Gergely, 39, of Manheim, was the top male finisher with a time of 17:20. Arielle Breuninger (below), 14, of Lancaster, was the top female finisher with a time of 19:32. (Winner photos by Andy Blackburn/LNP)

Husband and wife Annette Uriondo and Travis King teamed up for their first race together. (Race photos by Missi Mortimer)

Carmen Hoffert (left) with Wren, of Manheim; and Megan Shaffer with West, from Cornwall.

Dave Husser served as pace bike rider for the event.

Overall and division winners received unique handcrafted glass trophies from Stiegel Glassworks 1976.

Whether running for fame or for fun, everyone had a great time.

Cookies, Crafts, and Cocoa

The early morning Santa Run was the second event on the Christmas in Manheim slate of activities. The Manheim Community Library’s Cookies, Crafts and Cocoa event held late Friday afternoon, kicked off the weekend of activities. Youth librarian Colleen Gergely organized the event with its Polar Express theme. She reported that over nearly 150 children enjoyed cookies and cocoa while making crafts that included creating an edible train; making a mini-cardboard train layout including tracks, tunnel, and station; and, for children ages seven and older, drawing a train using graph paper.

“It’s fun and creative, and there was even a bit of STEM involved,” Gergely said.

Ben Leininger draws a train track during the Polar Express-themed Cookies Crafts and Cocoa event hosted by the Manheim Community Library. (Photo by Rochelle Shenk)

Holiday Crossings

The Friends of the Manheim Community Library hosted the annual Holiday Crossings, event both Saturday and Sunday at the Manheim Historical Society’s festively decorated railroad station. Elaine Gantz, chair of this year’s event, pointed out changes for this year, including visits with Santa both days, an updated menu for the Cozy Café, and live entertainment by the Trust Trio — an acappella singing group dressed in period costume whose repertoire included 22 carols.

“It’s a family-friendly event in support of the library and our hope to move to a larger library,” Gantz said.

Stacey Gibble Barrick, president of the Friends group, added that the organization marked a milestone earlier this fall when the number of friends reached 200.

Addy Trovinger (left) and Lyla Knerr enjoy a visit with Santa during Holiday Crossings.

William “Bill” Longenecker (left) and Peter Weiss roast peanuts using the Manheim Historical Society’s antique peanut roaster as part of the Friends of the Manheim Community Library’s Holiday Crossings. (Holiday Crossings photos by Rochelle Shenk)

Jeremy Friedly shares the art of glassblowing with his son, Logan, at the Stiegel Glassworks glass studio during Christmas in Manheim.

Tree Lighting

Saturday evening’s tree lighting had a charm of its own. In addition to performances from Cricket’s Performing Arts and the Manheim Brass Band, and a community carol sing, guests could meet the new K9 Casper and his handler Officer Kirk Colwell, as well as say goodbye to former K9 Bayne. Santa also made an appearance and was available for visits with children as well as photos. Thanks to Stray Lighting and Production Services, when the tree was lit, the lights were synchronized to music (special effects were only for this event).

Those who weren’t able to make the tree lighting can still enjoy the “Whoville” feel of Manheim’s festively lit Market Square and the beautifully decorated tree, thanks to Cub Pack 47.

These Cub Scouts from Pack 47 volunteered at the craft table (left to right) Leo Boranno, Caleb Bower, and Damien Wolfe.

(Left to right) Patrolman Kirk Colwell, K9 Officer Casper, Mayor Scot Funk, Manheim Borough Police Chief Joe Stauffer, Detective Aaron Szulborski, and retired K9 Officer Bayne.

The middle school Meistersingers entertained the crowd with holiday songs.

The Manheim Central High School brass band provided sounds of the season. (Photos by Dennis Bicksler)

Dancers from Cricket’s Performing Arts entertained the revelers.

All the youngsters got the chance to tell Santa and Rudolph what they want for Christmas.


Caitlyn Amlong won the raffle to “flip the switch” this year.

The lights and tree will be up until the new year.



Folk Art Show this weekend

Folk artwork by local and regional artists will be displayed and sold Dec. 8, from 3 to 8 p.m., and Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Manheim Railroad Station, 210 S. Charlotte St.

Displayed and sold will be painted furniture, hand woven items, pen and ink illustrations, paper mache and chalkware, German stars and feather trees, River Rat pottery, paper cuttings, tin items, Redware, vintage antique button jewelry, primitive carved items, and more.

Admission and parking are free, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Jim Murphy at 717-584-5576.

Woodcarvings by Doug Shaw, feather trees by Madeline Erickson, and antique button jewelry by Judy Perilstein are some of the myriad of folk art creations that will be displayed and sold at the Manheim Railroad Station Dec. 8 and 9.


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