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Saengerbund hosts Christmas in July

Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St., held a Christmas in July event July 17.

Many attendees chose to dress in red and/or green to celebrate the occasion. Christmas ornaments and a tree adorned the outside grove.

The Joseph Kroboth Band entertained at the well-attended event. Kroboth mingled polka music with Christmas songs to the delight of the attendees as they filled the dance floor.

It was reported Santa Claus might make an appearance later in the day. There was concern about Santa’s reindeer dealing with an 88-degree Fahrenheit real-feel temperature.

Members of the Saengerbund’s heritage committee, which sponsored the festival, were delighted at the turnout and the welcoming and friendly ambience at the event.

Donald and Lynne Heller enjoyed their time at the event. Lynne noted the Saengerbund’s outside venue “is very European and in a class by itself in the area.” They noted they enjoyed the food, drink and goodwill on display.

Mark and Dottie Iacina paused to have a picture taken at the Christmas tree. They commented the Christmas in July festival was enjoyable - with good music and good food.

Evelyn Handwerk and Cathy Schanta of the heritage committee staffed the ticket distribution table that provided all attendees with a free ticket for door prizes.

Emil Schanta, the namesake of the popular Emil Schanta Band, was in a Christmas mood at the festival. He was an attendee only, as a member of the heritage committee.

Schanta said the heritage committee is excited about planning the OctoberFest, held at the Saengerbund’s outside grove. He noted there are plans to have a brief parade to start the OctoberFest as well as other exciting activities.

It was a wonderful Christmas celebration on a day in eastern Pennsylvania that historically never had a recorded snowfall.

PRESS PHOTOS BY BILL LEINER JR. Two revelers dance together at the event.
Mark and Dottie Iacina pause for a picture in front of the Christmas tree.
Joseph Kroboth Band entertains July 17 at the Coplay Saengerbund Christmas in July event.