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Hughesville Local column for November 13, 2019

By Staff | Nov 13, 2019

While I am not a fan of hearing Christmas music this early in November, (and certainly not before Halloween!) as a church choir member it is necessary to rehearse seasonal music well in advance. Thus, Christmas music must be selected and practiced even as summer is still around, and Easter music is in preparation when the cold blasts of January are just beginning. Sometimes it seems I am not in sync with the calendar, but good preparation always pays off in the quality of the performance.

As we rehearsed some Christmas music last week, I was reminded about one of my favorite things. I’ve always loved the intricacies of our language and the vast vocabulary that is available to us, but which most of us underuse. Words such as “hark,” “doth,” “imparts,” “yonder,” and “abide” all have fallen from common usage, but add so much to the rich texture of meaning for those who sing them. As you listen to this year’s broadcasts of carols, see how many words you hear that give an aural flavor to the song that no other word could supply.

This year’s Thanksgiving celebration will be on the 28th, the latest date possible for the fourth Thursday, so we still have some time to get things chosen and prepared. I know I have some Thanksgiving placemats somewhere, but I moved some things around when we did some renovations two years ago and now I don’t know where those ended up. Maybe I can figure that out soon. Good luck with your preparations!

After the end of November, the winter sports season for high school athletes will open. Basketball and wrestling, competitive cheerleading, and swimming will begin competitions, so watch for the schedules to come out (or check the school website, www.elsd.org) so you can plan to attend a variety of events.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, Nov. 14-HHS Jr High Girls Basketball, 7th and 8th grade teams play at Home versus Montoursville at the Ashkar Elementary Gym, 350 South Broad Street, Hughesville. First game starts at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 15-“Art with Amber,” a new program for children at Hughesville Area Public Library (HAPL), 146 South Fifth Street, where kids (ages 3 and up) are invited to explore age-appropriate art material with their caregivers, 10:30- 11:15 a.m. Registration, by visiting or calling (570)584-3762, is appreciated.

Monday, Nov. 18-“Wee Tales” program for children ages 12 months to 3 years and their caregivers at 10:30-11:15 a.m. Listen to stories, learn nursery rhymes, share books, and play with selected toys. Registration, by visiting or calling (570) 584-3762, is appreciated.

Monday, Nov. 18-HHS Jr High Girls Basketball, 7th and 8th grade teams play at Home versus Loyalsock at the Ashkar Gym. First game starts at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 18-East Lycoming Historical Society (ELHS) welcomes Edward Dammer of South Williamsport who will present “18th Century Christmas Traditions” at the society’s November meeting, held in Stuempfle Hall of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 120 South Main Street, Hughesville, at 7 p.m. Come hear this exploration of past practices and enjoy an evening with ELHS. Visitors and new members are always welcomed.

Tuesday,Nov. 19-“Wee Move” program at HAPL, 10:30-11:15 a.m. This program is geared for very busy children ages 1 to 5 years old and their siblings and designed to get kids moving! There are mats, a soft balance beam, basketball hoops, a teeter-totter, and more.

Thursday, Nov. 21-“Wee Make Music” program at HAPL, for children ages 12 months and up and their caregivers, 10:30 a.m. Children will have a great time, marching, singing, dancing, and drumming. Registration is appreciated.

Friday, Nov. 22-“Wee Explore” program at HAPL for kids 3 and up, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Explore Dogs with Miss Kathy! Enjoy story time with dog stories and do related activities.