StarShine festival in Penn Yan is Dec. 1

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Penn Yan extended school day students have decorated downtown windows in preparation for the StarShine Celebration in Penn Yan Friday, Dec. 1.

StarShine in the Village of Penn Yan returns in full festive spirit Dec. 1 with music, entertainment, colorful lights, treats, historic displays, an elf school, special sales, the arrival of Santa Claus, and the crowning of Miss Penn Yan.

But it all begins with pancakes. Sponsored by Yates County Habitat for Humanity, and held in memory of the late Mike Linehan, who championed the holiday celebration for years, pancake lunches will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the St. Michael Church dining hall. Dinners will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and music will be provided by Roy Litteer and his band.

A portion of Main Street will close at 3:30 p.m. in preparation for the fun. A new attraction this year is a festive light display programmed to Christmas music at the Sampson Theatre from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free tours will be available to give visitors a look around the historic theatre. Donations will help support the renovation of the theatre. The theatre is located at 130 E. Elm St.

Open houses will be held at the Oliver House Museum, St. Mark’s Church and the Penn Yan United Methodist Church, and there will be dozens of booths for non-profit groups.

Mrs. Claus will read to children from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Finger Lakes Realty before Santa arrives at the Minipark at 6:30 p.m.

Children under 12 are invited to come to the Pinwheel Market to choose a Beanie Baby from the St. Luke's Christmas tree.

Milly's Pantry is also offering sugar cookie decorating for a one dollar donation. Anyone who decorates a cookie is automatically entered into a raffle for a special Beanie Baby prize.