StarShine lights up downtown Penn Yan

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Children who came to “Starshine, Christmas in the Village” 24 years ago, may now be bringing their own kids to downtown Penn Yan to see Santa Claus and join in the merry celebration.

On the evening of Dec. 5 the tradition continues as the historic downtown shopping district of Penn Yan shines with lights and bustles with activity. The thoroughfare will be closed to all vehicles, except Santa’s of course, as Main Street is turned into an old-fashioned Christmas wonderland.

The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. when a number of community musical groups bring the sound of the season to the Starshine Holiday Stage.

For early starters, a pancake dinner is available at St. Michael’s Church to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Non-profit clubs and organizations from all over the county will be on hand to sell their wares: baked goods, decorations, hot drinks and lots of good cheer for some good causes.

Be sure take a look at the whimsical Gingerbread Cottage in J.?Carey and Company window.  The entirely edible setting was made by 87-year-old Jean Chapman, (Margo Shaw’s mother) as a donation for Keuka Comfort Care.  Proceeds from the $1 ticket sales will benefit Keuka Comfort Care Home.

Chapman worked  from 9 a.m. to bedtime for five days to create the holiday delight, as she did for her children when they were small. The drawing will be held at 8 p.m. Friday night.

A favorite part of the evening is the horse drawn wagon rides through the village for all ages.

The famous chili cook-off will again be held at 110 Main St.  You can try some of the best chili in the Finger Lakes and cast your vote for your favorite by making a donation to Christmas for the Needy. 

Santa has confirmed that he will make a stop at Starshine at 7 p.m.  for youngsters to deliver their letters and wishes.  After visiting the jolly old elf, kids can stop by Elm Street Barbershop, where students will be doing holiday face painting. 

The highlight of the evening will be the crowning of Miss Penn Yan 2009,  which will get underway at 8 p.m. on the Holiday Stage on Main Street. 

Complete details on the event are available by calling the Yates County Chamber of Commerce at 315-536-3111.

This hand-crafted Gingerbread House will be raffled during StarShine to benefit Keuka Comfort Care Home.