Sunday, November 21, 2010

Easton's Peace Candle to be Lit This Friday, November 26th at Centre Square

The Peace Candle awaits its annual lighting 
ceremony at Centre Square, Easton, PA.

Posted by: Noel Jones

The annual lighting of Easton's Peace Candle will be at 8pm in Centre Square this Friday, Nov. 26th. The festivities will begin at 5pm and continue after the lighting until 9pm. 
Below is the full schedule of events from the Easton Main Street Initiative:

Holiday Open House and Peace Candle Lighting 
Schedule of Events
5:00 - 9:00         Holiday Open House throughout downtown (enjoy holiday specials, samples, music and gourmet treats at shops, galleries and restaurants)

5:00 - 9:00         Old Fashioned Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

5:30 - 8:30         Holiday Crafters Corner & Wreath Sale

5:30 - 6:30         EAHS Brass Ensemble and Chamber Singers Perform in Centre Square

5:30 – 7:30         Winter Wonderland - Ice Carving Demo

5:30 - 8:30         “Cops and Kids” Christmas Capers in the N. Bank Street Alley

6:30 - 8:00         Toy Soldier on Stilts strolling through the square performing magic tricks

6:30                  Santa Claus (and his elves) arrive!

6:30 - 7:30         Uptown Mummers String Band performs throughout Centre Square

7:45-8:00           Gretchen Wrenshall Community Caring Award presented by Mayor Sal Panto

8:00 pm             Lighting of the Peace Candle

8:00-8:30           St. Anthony’s Choir perform in Centre Square

The evening’s other activities include: hot roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate and other treats, strolling carolers, a petting zoo, kids’ reindeer crafts and games and a candyland moonbounce.


Anonymous said...

I always wondered........

How can a white candle have blue drippings?

noel jones said...

ha-good point! it's a magic candle. or maybe it was a gift from another planet.

noel jones said...

Ed Sieger has a super cute story in the ET on two little girls who ran a snow cone machine to raise money to donate for the peace candle:

Anonymous said...

'peace' candle on a war monument, I love irony.
even better is when the pieces are unceremoniously dumped (stored?) behind the city building on Bushkill for all to see most of the rest of the year. and they wonder why the thing is falling apart.

noel jones said...

Anon 7:53--i hear you. i personally prefer the statue and would rather just have white lights around the statue, but i know a lot of Eastonians and other people from the LV that have come to love the tradition and anticipate the lighting, so i have softened my take on it. any tradition that brings community together in a positive way is important these days, whether it's a peace candle, a football game, or anything else.