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Waynesboro schedules holiday storytelling

November 19, 2008

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Three weekends of holiday storytelling designed to appeal to children and adults have been scheduled on Waynesboro's Center Square.

The "Traditions of Christmastime and Entertainment Hour" theater will be held in the back room of Neverland Games on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. during the first three weekends of December.

Local performer John Shindledecker has been preparing stories like that of belsnickling, a German tradition of visiting homes in disguises. Growing up in Tomstown, Pa., Shindledecker was more familiar with that activity than trick-or-treating.

"A lot of the traditions and stories I tell came from my mother," Shindledecker said.

His childhood also will be incorporated into a song about Tomstown.

"We're going to have a little stage," Shindledecker said. "We're going to be doing Christmas storytelling with traditions passed on from the Pennsylvania Dutch and others."

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Tony Vigil, owner of Neverland Games, said he first talked to Shindledecker about the holiday theater at a party in early 2008. The men will set up a Christmas tree and faux fireplace in the recently renovated back room of the games store.

Shindledecker said he hopes "not only to teach people about our Pennsylvania background as far as Christmas, but also to be entertaining."

Tickets are $6 for children 12 and younger and $12 for those 13 and older. Reservations can be made or special matinees scheduled for groups.

For information, call 717-655-5347 or go to www.neverlandgamestore.com.

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