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‘Miracle on 34th Street’ screens during Holiday Arts Market at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 25

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ screens during Holiday Arts Market at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 25
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From a press release:

Small Business Saturday will once again equal big fun in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

The F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre announced the schedule of activities today for its third annual Holiday Arts Market, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The afternoon will feature a screening of the 1947 classic holiday film “Miracle on 34th Street,” beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $3.

Written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies, the movie stars Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn. The story takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City and focuses on the impact of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa.

The film has become a perennial Christmas favorite. It won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Edmund Gwenn); Best Writing, Original Story (Valentine Davies); and Best Writing, Screenplay. It was also nominated for Best Picture. In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” The Academy Film Archive preserved “Miracle on 34th Street” in 2009.

Back by popular demand, the holiday arts market will once again feature local crafts handmade by local artists, including Art by Erin Jordan, Downtown Arts, Inspired Slacker Artworks, Knotty Nikki, Marie Glassware, Nancy Turner/Turnergraphics, and Wonderlust Artisan Soaps. Admission to the art market is free.

Other activities include an ornament making station, a coloring table for the little ones, a 1 p.m. community theatre showcase of upcoming local holiday performances, and a special tree lighting at 1:30 p.m. The tree lighting will be accompanied by a visit from Santa.

For more information, call 570-826-1100.

Many local retailers in the city will participate in Small Business Saturday, organized by the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association, the Diamond City Partnership, and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. The event, which is celebrated nationally, highlights the small businesses that serve as the backbone of the region.

Customers will again enjoy holiday promotions and savings in their favorite establishments while supporting the independent retailers that are essential to downtown and the Wyoming Valley.

More than a dozen downtown businesses have participated in recent Small Business Saturdays, and this year will see even more participating retailers and special deals offered to local shoppers.