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Area Faithful Preparing For Russian Christmas Celebrations

January 7, 2019
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Area Faithful Preparing For Russian Christmas Celebrations

MOSCOW — Organizers for Moscow’s annual Russian Holiday Celebration looked a little wide-eyed when 2 p.m. hit and only a half-dozen people or so mulled about the Borough Building. The North Pocono Cultural Society has been tinkering with the community party, and in light of a smaller Main Street business district, shifted focus to the arts — specifically art by students. And on Sunday, whether they would succeed in drawing people out to enjoy it didn’t seem like a sure thing. Moscow, as the southeastern Lackawanna County town’s name suggests, has deep, historic ties to the Russian capital. The idea of skipping a party for Russian Christmas, which is celebrated today, Jan. 7, might engender riots. But finding the right way to party has been a challenge for the town of only about 2,000 people, said cultural society President Merabeth Moore. This year, the society is spreading out festivities across a few days. The cultural society will hold a pop up exhibit for North Pocono High School art students from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Borough Building. Artwork will stay on the walls until Jan. 18. Later the North Pocono holiday band, show choir and string ensemble are to perform from 6 to 8 p.m., also in the Borough Building. Admission is free. Historically, the event had highlighted local shops and businesses, and shopkeepers hung artwork, primarily by adults and brought in performers, also mostly adults. “I’d say there has been a transformation,” Moore said. Now the event showcases only student works, though organizers want the event to grow again. Contact the writer: joconnell@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9131; @jon_oc If you go What: Pop-up art exhibit featuring North Pocono High School student works When 5 to 6 p.m. What: Free music review by the North Pocono show choir, string ensemble and holiday band When: 6 to 8 p.m. today Where: Moscow Borough Building, 123 Van Brunt St., Moscow Admission is free.

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