Waynesburg kicks off the season in style

Waynesburg kicks off season in style with High Street events

November 30, 2012
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Below, artist Jeff Harris of Washington makes a sketch of Ava Deyell, 2, of Waynesburg, while she sits in her mom, Carrie Bolz’s lap. Deyell’s brother, Aiden Smith, 5, looks on.
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At left, Hayden Patterson, 4, of Rogersville, has a visit with Santa while his mom, Cassie Lyon, and sister Brynna Patterson, 1, wait for him to finish.
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Photos by Tara Kinsell Observer-Reporter
James “Fuzzy” Randolph, the former director of the Waynesburg University Lamplighters, steps back into his role in front of the vocal ensemble for the Waynesburg Holiday Open House Friday. Order a Print

WAYNESBURG – Waynesburg’s High Street was bustling with shoppers who came out for the annual Waynesburg Prosperous and Beautiful Downtown Holiday Open House Friday. The oftentimes sleepy borough was alive as carolers, street musicians and horse-drawn carriages full of families made its way down the streets.

“It has been just beautiful, fantastic,” said Connie Hart, event coordinator for the Waynesburg Chamber of Commerce. “Every door we went into was packed, and the Canstruction was a big hit.”

About a dozen sculptures made of cans and other food products were displayed in store fronts along the street, created by local artists for the Corner Cupboard Food Bank. The open house and Canstruction were sponsored by Consol Energy.

Waynesburg Borough Mayor Blair Zimmerman called the event “the best yet.”

“It is the best we have ever had. The vendors are doing well. I have spoken with my police, and there have been no issues,” Zimmerman said. “The temperature is perfect. It’s just a perfect night. I can remember it being busy downtown like this on Saturday nights when I was a kid.”

Waynesburg Music store owners, Don and Pandora Pruse, who are in their second year of business in the borough, said they were really happy with the event.

“I think it is better this year than last year,” Pandora said. “People really like the art sculpture that Don’s guitar student, Zack Kinsell, did of a guitar and amplifier.”

The traffic inside the store was so busy that Don has just two spots left for instruction in his schedule.

“My lessons are completely filled up except for those two spots. I sold a guitar, an amp, strings, and it has been great, fantastic,” Don said.

From the burn barrels on every corner to Ebenezer Scrooge’s image projected onto the side of a building, it was a fun and festive evening in downtown Waynesburg.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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