For the Cumberland Times-News
LONACONING — Members of the Lonaconing Christmas Lighting Committee will hold the second annual Old Coney Christmas celebration Saturday.
Mayor Jack Coburn is the committee chair. The committee and area residents have spent several weeks relighting wreaths and other decorations, decorating the town float and preparing for the celebration.
The town will be decorated with a mixture of new and old decorations. New pine wreaths with white lights adorn more than 30 telephone poles throughout Main Street. Some of the old-fashioned pole decorations and stringer lights will be hung on Union Street. The Iron Furnace Park will be the center of attraction with a town tree and the nativity in the furnace. Other parks in town will be decorated as well.
Businesses will have pine swags with white lights draped along their buildings and special decorations in their windows. John Deniker will display his old-fashioned Christmas scenes in several windows along Main Street.
The daylong celebration will include breakfast and lunch at the armory, story time and cookie decorating at the library with Mrs. Santa Claus, pictures with Santa, Santa’s Secret Workshop at the armory for kids, a craft show for the adults, free horse-drawn sleigh rides, treats at Main Street businesses, caroling on Main Street by members of the George’s Creek Combined Choir, a performance by the Tri-State Orchestra at the library, a craft show at the Lana Lu, open houses at various businesses and much more.
The 12:30 p.m. parade will feature Lonaconing resident Jim Dawson as the parade marshal; the Mountain Ridge Marching Band, cheerleaders and Diamonds; Miss Maryland; Moran’s Lawncare; several dance academies; Santa and Mrs. Claus; and many other attractions. The parade route will be from the Bishop Murray Center to the George’s Creek Ambulance Service. Parade judging will take place at the Iron Furnace Park. Allegany County commissioners will judge the parade and Clerk of Court Dawne Lindsey will be the announcer.
The nativity and town tree will be lit at 5:30 p.m. The Mountain Ridge Chorus will perform at the park at 4:30 p.m. and the Sorority Angels will be serve cookies and cocoa.
The committee is encouraging town residents to decorate their homes to support the efforts to create an old-fashioned Coney Christmas.