Blue Ridge Summit Free Library Annual Yuletide Celebration

The Blue Ridge Summit Free Library will hold its annual Yuletide Celebration from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, on the library grounds. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Activities during the family-friendly event include fire truck rides by the Blue Ridge Summit Volunteer Fire Company; an appearance by Santa, who will hand out candy canes; and a children’s craft to create a bird feeder to take home. 

“In addition, we’ll have live music by Rich Fehle, and holiday goodies including cookies and hot or cold cider,” said Paul Pinkerton, president of the library’s board.  

The library will be open during the event and decorated for Christmas. 

“A special highlight is a tree decorated with Brandywine Critters ornaments, created by Blue Ridge Summit resident, the late Roberta (Bert) Domenick,” Pinkerton said. “Mrs. Domenick helped begin the ‘Critters Workshop’ program at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa., and the whimsical ornaments are still a big attraction at that museum.” 

Brandywine Critter ornaments are made of natural materials such as seeds, pods, grasses and leaves. Some of them have been displayed on a Christmas tree in the White House. The ornaments featured on the library’s tree are from Domenick’s personal collection. 

There will be a memorial tree lighting at 6:30pm in memory of Bill Coyle, Steve O’Philips, Bill Stanley and John VanDerCruyssen, all long-time supporters of the library.

Just in time for the holidays, the Blue Ridge Summit Stitchers will draw the winner for their annual quilt raffle.

Parking is available in the plaza lot across from the library, off Monterey Lane and in other adjacent lots. For more information, email to:


John O Freeman 1935-2023

Mr. Freeman served with the 101st Airborne where he was stationed in France for 2 ½ years. He enjoyed woodworking, splitting wood and carpentry.

Mary Armstrong 1946-2023

Mary was the heart, soul, and emotional anchor of her family. But her love for others also extended far beyond blood and DNA.

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