As I mentioned last Thanksgiving, one of the blessings I was thankful for was the unity Duryea residents, business owners and civic organizations share by taking care of one another during challenging times. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Duryea Police Department and Duryea Crime Watch did not let it stop them from serving their annual free community Thanksgiving dinner last year. And I am pleased to report this year was no exception.

With the support of Duryea businesses and organizations once again, the Duryea Police and Duryea Crime Watch hosted their eighth annual community Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 20 at Germania Hose Company.

Always well-attended, volunteers from several Duryea organizations served more than 300 dinners through a drive-thru service, ensuring each guest received a hot, home-cooked meal.

Prior to the dinner, several Duryea businesses and organizations made donations to this event to ensure its success: the Family Prescription Center purchased the turkey, My Sister’s Kitchen prepared the stuffing, Town Tavern prepared the mashed potatoes, Marie’s Diner prepared the vegetables, St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church and Cwikla’s Bakery provided the desserts and Nativity of Our Lord Parish brought in supplies.

At a time when people are still struggling, it is inspiring to see so many people working together to provide a meal to people who may not have one on their tables today.

May God bless all of you for your efforts, and on behalf of myself and my family, we wish all of you a very blessed Thanksgiving.

‘Twisted Nutcracker’

at Phoenix

Phoenix Performing Arts Center will present “Twisted Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 3 and 10, and Saturday, Dec. 4, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5 and 12, at the theater, 409 Main St.

This nutty version of “The Nutcracker” will be fun for the whole family. It combines original and remixes of the music. Act 2 will feature songs of the season performed by the children and adults of the theater company.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and younger. To make a reservation, call the box office at 570-457-3589 and leave a message with your name, the number of people in your party and if you need handicapped seating. A callback is not necessary. Next, submit your payment using Venmo — @PhoenixPAC or PayPal by friends and family only. The PayPal address is phoenixpac08@gmail.com. If you select “good and services,” please add $1 to cover processing fees. Payments also can be made by cash or check made payable Phoenix PAC. Please place cash or check payment in an envelope and drop it off at the theater through the front door mail slot prior to the performance date.

For information, please call Lee at 570-991-1817.

Phoenix fundraiser

Phoenix Performing Arts Center is hosting a special fundraiser to assist them in purchasing the theater and to keep the arts in Duryea. Individuals and businesses have the unique opportunity to immortalize their names in the theater with naming opportunities at the theater. Theater chairs, which will be labeled with the donor’s name, can be sponsored for $100 each.

For information, please contact Lee at 570-991-1817 or phoenixpac08@aol.com.

Christmas Stroll

The annual Duryea Christmas Stroll will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, with many of the events occurring within the 300 and 400 blocks of Main Street.

This event will include a festive, fun night of activities including pictures with Santa, Christmas carols, vendors, food, the tree lighting in front of the borough building, a holiday scavenger hunt and much more. The Main Street merchants will be open late, too.

The Duryea Betterment Committee will post more details on its Facebook page as they become available as the event nears.

SAL gift card raffle

Duryea Sons of the American Legion Squadron 585 is selling tickets for its Christmas gift card raffle, which will take place at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.

The gift card prizes are a $100 gift card to Walmart, Wine & Spirits, Weis Market, ShopRite, Gerrity’s Supermarket, Redner’s Market or Komensky’s Market; or a $50 gift card to My Sister’s Kitchen, Marie’s Diner, Family Pharmacy, McAlpine Street Pub or Town Tavern.

Tickets are $5 each and are available at the Brennan Regan post home, 329 Main St., or from any member.

CEO food distribution

Duryea Borough’s Commission on Economic Opportunity food drive takes place the second Monday of each month at Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave.

Set up is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Food distribution is from 2 to 3 p.m.

Volunteers are always welcome.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Duryea every week. To list an item, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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