There was a pasta dinner that included a pasta eating contest. There was door-to-door canvassing. The Eynon Christmas Lights Committee — spearheaded by Jean Yeselavage, Judy Rudalavage and Shirley Barrett — did just about anything they could think of to raise the needed $23,000. And raise it they did, in about three months.
“This was truly a labor of love,” said Rudalavage. “No taxpayer money was used. There we no grants. It all came from you.
Last weekend, the community came together to celebrate the accomplishment, and as dusk came on, those who had gathered on Thomas Street could see how their money had been spent.
Outgoing Archbald Borough Councilwoman and Mayor-Elect Barrett reminded the assembled residents that Simon Stefursky of the Eynon Lions Club raised the money to buy the old Christmas Lights for Eynon two decades ago.
“When the decorations were taken down last year, it was brought to my attention that they were shabby and in need of repair,” she said. “The dedication of the organizers, volunteers and local business that were so generous is why we are able to celebrate tonight,”
Despite being very busy this time of year, Santa and Mrs. Claus were able to pay a visit, arriving in a horse-drawn carriage. There were horse-drawn carriage rides, a bonfire and food and refreshments from local restaurants, carols and Christmas songs by the children’s choir of Christ the King Parish and a mini-concert by country music artist Dani-Elle, who grew up in nearby in Jermyn.