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Liverpool plans pandemic-friendly Christmas events

Local merchants, chamber and representatives for the East Liverpool Community Partnership for Revitalization couldn’t help but be excited about the arrival this week of the city’s official Christmas tree: Joe Shemasek, chamber board member and vice president of Consumers National Bank, which is sponsoring the event; Lisa Blasdel, executive director of the Southern Columbiana County Regional Chamber of Commerce; Mary Jane Lawrence and Lori Lawrence, owners of downtown’s Vintage Nook; and Scott Shepherd, who was representing the ELCPR.

EAST LIVERPOOL — An exhibition of the city’s Christmas spirit will be on full display Saturday, Dec. 5 despite the pandemic.

While there won’t be a Christmas parade or light-up night as accustomed, city residents will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the holidays.

In addition to a decorating contest of downtown East Liverpool windows, a number of quaint shops and restaurants will be open for the special event.

The Southern Columbiana County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Thompson Hill Neighborhood Association along with the East Liverpool Community Partnership for Revitalization (ELCPR) and Consumers National Bank are sponsoring a special Winter Hometown Shopping event from noon to 7 p.m.

Participating businesses include Steelnative Coffee, 201 E. Fifth St.; Bricker’s Cafeteria, 116 E. Sixth St.; Nana’s Primitives, 621 St. Clair Ave.; Darlene’s, 618 St. Clair Ave.; CJ’s Used Furniture, 109 E. Fifth St; L&B Donuts, 418 Market St.;Fresh On Fifth, 206 E. Fifth St.; Vintage Nook, 136 E. Fifth St.; Turquoise Tables, 135 W. Fifth St.; The Way Station, 125 W. Fifth St.; Wise Buys Carpets, 105 E. Fifth St.; Fox’s Pizza Den, 501 Market St.; Friendly Jack’s, 423 Walnut St.; Museum of Ceramics, 400 E. Fifth St.; Carriage House, 509 Broadway St.; Riverview Florists, 415 E. Sixth St.; Hot Dog Shoppe, 318 E. Market St. as well as Wolf Den Pizza and Nikki’s Market, 628 Dresden Ave.

According to chamber executive director Lisa Blasdel, Bob Miller has volunteered his DJ services from 2:30 to 5:15 p.m. in the area of the historic Diamond, where the tree will be lit around 5 p.m.

While the fun continues downtown through 7 p.m. (check individual businesses for their scheduled event hours), the East Liverpool school system’s Christmas On The Hill will commence at the junior and senior high school, 100 Maine Blvd.

According to Lisa Ensinger, the event was coordinated as a two-hour drive-thru Christmas display and concert spearheaded by the district’s high school music department.

Ensinger and Alaina Cornfield, music instructors for East Liverpool xchools, were two of those people who formulated their own event, after hearing the disappointing news that the annual downtown Christmas parade had been canceled due to the pandemic.

The women had become accustomed to participating in the event every year with the respective music students and looked forward to the experience. So this year,they decided that Christmas On The Hill was in order.

In attendance will be Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Grinch for the event, which will include Ensinger’s vocal and Cornfield’s instrumental music students positioned throughout the decorated area, which also will include North Elementary School.

As Ensinger detailed, the event will be every bit the community event. Two big trees have been donated from Mundy’s and Windy Hill tree farms which will be decorated.

The school’s thespian troop also will be on hand in their costumes from the Best Christmas Pageant ala a nativity scene, while the art and vocational departments also assisted with preparations for this event.

The East Liverpool Alumni Association will be putting up Christmas tree displays, and donation boxes are going to be available accepting nonperishable food and canned goods for F.I.S.H. and hats, gloves or mittens for the East Liverpool Salvation Army.

There also will be a mailbox on the drive-thru route, which will be lined with Christmas lights and interactive elements, so that children can drop off their letters for Santa. Ensinger reminds the parents and guardians that to receive a reply from Santa, letters should include a return address.

The women took the opportunity to thank Ace Hardware for their donation of Christmas lights and extension cords to fill in the gaps left after students and teachers contributed their own lights.

For updates on each event, check out their respective Facebook pages for the SCCRCC’s Winter Hometown Shopping or Christmas On The Hill.

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