Some people are already in the Christmas spirit, but not me. I can’t begin to think about that holiday when trees display glorious colors and pumpkin is still the flavor of the day. One holiday at a time please, and Thanksgiving is up next.
I’m one of those people who starts shopping for presents no earlier than a week before Christmas because I need certain cues to signal my brain that Christmas is upon us. Snow does it, red and blue lights on trees at the park, fir trees for sale on the corner of Seventh Street and the Ave. All good. But nothing gets me in the spirit more than “It’s A Wonderful Life.” In my opinion, it is one of the great classics of American film. When I taught eighth grade English, I used the film to teach plot development in writing, and was surprised that many of the kids hadn’t seen it. I guess it’s hard to get kids today to watch an old black and white film from the 1940s. But as we watched it and discussed the plot, every student grew to love it.
George Bailey is a boy with wanderlust, reading about exotic places in National Geographic, but when he is old enough to leave his small town of Bedford Falls his father dies and George must stay to run the family business, a savings institution that lends money to hard working stiffs who can’t get a loan from the ruthless banker. I have a feeling everyone reading this knows the story and the heartwarming ending. Now, another group of kids will study it at Wyoming Area —in the form of a stage play. The drama club will perform “It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” by Philip Grecian. I was thrilled when I heard this because it combines so many things I love. First, the story line itself, which cannot be topped. Add to that the element of radio. The kids will play actors in the age of radio using their voices alone to bring the characters to life for an audience that cannot see them. But we can see them, in period clothing, pretending to be actors creating George and Mary, Bert and Ernie, Mr. Potter, Clarence and all of the people of Bedford Falls. I look forward to watching kids playing Foley artists who make the sound effects like footsteps, doors opening, and so on.
Plus, because there will be no live audience to read playbills and an important source of revenue is lost, the club will sell ads that will be shown as commercials during the show. Local businesses and friends of the club can get a plug written and performed by the kids. Sounds like a lot of fun and I can guarantee that it will be. The WA Drama Club never disappoints. This has been a challenging year for school, teams and clubs. Creativity is key to keeping things going for the students, and advisor Chuck Yarmey and artistic director Kate Mangan are as creative as they come.
Auditions and first read through were on Zoom. The kids will be brought in to rehearse in small groups following all district guidelines. The show will be recorded in segments to keep group size to a minimum, and we will watch the final production from home. I had many challenges directing plays but nothing like this. Chuck and Kate have their work cut out for them, and it isn’t the usual theater experience for the kids, but when they look back on it one day they will realize that it is so much more. It would have been easy to say there will be no fall show because of the pandemic and no one would have blamed them, but they didn’t. This year in drama club, the kids are learning that adversity leads to creativity and we adapt. We grow. We not only endure, we get stronger. Working together to overcome obstacles has always been the lesson of theater. It’s also a good life lesson. As Clarence told George, “No man is a failure who has friends.”
The show will be online Friday, Dec. 11, through Sunday, Dec. 13. I’ll let you know how to access it when that is settled. Look for kids selling ads and get your name in a commercial. This is a first for WA, the best drama club around.
Now, on to Thanksgiving.
Wyoming, West Wyoming, and Exeter residents are eligible for free food from the Al Beech Food Pantry from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the Church of Christ Uniting, 786 W. Market St., Kingston. Proof of income is not needed, but proof of residence is required. This is drive through only. No walk ups. Remain in your car and food will be placed in your trunk only. Everyone is welcome.
The Wyoming Recreation Board will host its annual Winter Wonderland in the Park on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Butler Street park. This year, vendors are being recruited for a holiday marketplace, scheduled to open at 1 p.m. The Santa Parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will end around 4 p.m. at the park.
The children will have a visit with Santa, followed by the lighting of the tree. Last year, more than 150 families attended and the board hopes to expand this event. This would be a great opportunity to promote your business. Interested parties can email the recreation board at firstname.lastname@example.org or private message Wyoming Rec Board on Facebook. There will be enclosed tent space with lighting, but no spots with electricity. The cost of the spot is $30. For details, email the Wyoming Recreation Board or contact Roseanne Colarusso at 570-693-0291, ext 104.
Support Wyoming Borough Police Department. Back the Blue signs are available for purchase at the borough office for $10 each.
Wyoming residents are reminded they are not to utilize the West Wyoming compost site for their yard waste or they will be fined. The contract with West Wyoming was terminated in 2019.
The following are considered yard waste: grass clippings, branches, leaves and weeds. Dirt is not yard waste. Waste must be placed in reusable containers or 30-gallon biodegradable paper bags. Branches must be tied in 4-foot lengths. If not properly bagged or tied, it may be left behind.
Bulk collection is the second Wednesday of the month and stickers can be purchased for $5 at the borough building.
If trash, recycling or yard waste is not picked up on the scheduled day, report it immediately to J.P. Mascaro, 1-800-243-7575, so they can dispatch workers to your residence. Also inform the borough so it can be reported to the Mascaro site manager.
Pay your bills to the borough with credit cards online at wyomingpa.org. Sanitation fees for 2020 are now $300. Letters have been mailed to residents who have not paid and citations will be issued. Vacant properties are not exempt from fees. Rental property owners are responsible, not the tenant.
No cash payments will be accepted. Pay with credit cards online at wyomingpa.org. Check or money order should be made out to Wyoming Borough Sanitation. All bills owed to the borough may be placed in the secure box outside the entrance to the building.
Bulk collection has resumed. Stickers are $35 for each item. To purchase bulk stickers, contact the Exeter Borough refuse office at 570 654-3001, ext. 2. A bulk item includes small furniture, carpet, mattress or an appliance.
The borough building is closed to the public and open only to essential personnel until further notice. Public needs for all police, fire and medical emergencies will be answered. Dial 911 in the event of an emergency.
Payments can be dropped off at the secure payment box located outside the entrance of the borough building for trash, taxes, tickets, building permits and dumpster permits. Call 570-654-3001 or visit www.exeterborough.com/ for information.
Refuse stickers for Exeter Borough are now available at penalty for $250. It is mandatory to purchase a sticker. At this time, the borough building is closed to the public. All bills owed to the borough will have to be mailed to Exeter Borough Refuse, 1100 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA 18643 or placed in the secure payment box outside the borough building. Make checks or money orders out to Exeter Borough. No cash will be accepted. For information, call Lynda at 570-654-3001, ext. 2.
Barbara Bullions writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming. To list an item, email email@example.com or call 570-301-2185 by Monday.