Oh, my stars!

By on January 2, 2019

Leigh Pfautz-Gockley holds a poster that was given to each of those who purchased one of the retired stars. Leigh is the great-granddaughter of J. Roy Pfautz, who crafted the first few stars to hang in downtown Lititz at the Lititz Planing Mill in the late 1930s.

In the spring of 2018, the borough of Lititz noticed that the 40-year-old beloved Christmas Stars, displayed in downtown Lititz during the holiday season, were in need of repair.

A public fundraiser was started to fund the manufacture of new stars. The old stars were sold as part of the fundraising effort. Here is look at a few of the 48 retired stars, shining brightly at their new homes at private residences and local businesses.

These photos originally appeared on the Downtown Lititz Facebook page, and were taken by Amy Spangler.

This star accents a yard along Landis Valley Road.

Visitors at Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting from bakery tour guide Daniel McTamney-Prexta. One of the repurposed stars hangs behind him.

This home on Front Street has two lamp posts adorned with Christmas stars.

The second lamppost sets in an alley near the Lititz Planing Mill, where the first stars that started the Lititz tradition were fabricated in the late 1930s.

Leigh Pfautz-Gockley holds a poster that was given to each of those who purchased one of the retired stars. Leigh is the great-granddaughter of J. Roy Pfautz, who crafted the first few stars to hang in downtown Lititz at the Lititz Planing Mill in the late 1930s.

The star lights up the window of Morton Fine Furniture during the December Second Friday event.

Leigh Pfautz-Gockley, with 4-year-old grandson Austin, at her home on Water Street.

This star shines brightly over Linden Hall’s Main Street entrance.

 

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