Festive 2nd Friday fun

By on December 19, 2018

A light drizzle with the thermometer in the 40s meant less-crowded sidewalks for downtown Lititz’s last 2nd Friday event for 2018, but there was still plenty of foot traffic through town. At a couple of stops–the Atlas General Store, for one, and the Purple Robin Reserve (now up to 130 participating artists) &tstr; we noticed folks lingering to maybe shop a little longer before heading out into the damp night.

The Wilbur Chocolate store was really bustling with Christmas shoppers looking for sweet somethings to stuff into stockings for special someones.

John Morton, proprietor of Morton’s Fine Furniture, greeted shoppers with the help of Piper the Poodle, who was wearing his Christmas finery. We eavesdropped while Morton explained the science and art of quarter-sawing maple and oak logs to bring out dramatic grain effects. Interesting stuff. After we absorbed as much wood lore as we were capable of absorbing in one 2nd Friday, we said goodbye to Morton, gave Piper a pat and headed home.

With little fanfare, Tim Geiger opened the Atlas General Store on Main Street on November 8. He plans a grand opening for the contemporary store – with a little bit of everything – sometime in the spring.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus brought two of their elves along to Pebbles and Lace on Main Street for a Second Friday visit. The elves are named Elf Number 1 and Elf Number 2. they seemed very friendly because they happen to be married. Love apparently blossoms in that North Pole workshop.

It was a drizzly night for December’s Second Friday celebration, so umbrellas were an option for some folks, like this shopper who paused in front of the goods displayed in the window of Mimi’s Boutique on Main Street.

John Morton and Piper the Christmas poodle greeted Second Friday visitors to Morton’s Fine Furniture on Main Street. The shop features hand-crafted furniture built by Morton and approved by Piper.

Dick Wanner is a staff reporter and photographer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes comments at rwanner.eph@lnpnews.com. 

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