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Jessi Mendoza, Shawna Casey, Morgan Novakovich, Julie Mazaleski, Julia Randazzo and Justine Buczynski rehearse for 'Home For The Holidays' at Downtown Arts in Wilkes-Barre.
Jessi Mendoza, Shawna Casey, Morgan Novakovich, Julie Mazaleski, Julia Randazzo and Justine Buczynski rehearse for 'Home For The Holidays' at Downtown Arts in Wilkes-Barre.
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IF YOU GO

What: ‘Home For The Holidays,’ a performance of dancing and music

When: 6:30 tonight

Where: Downtown Arts, 47 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre

Admission: Free



“He’s got a sleigh full. It’s not gonna stay full. Stuff that he’s droppin’ every stop of the way. Everybody’s waiting for the man with the bag, ‘cause Christmas is coming again.


To the cheerful lyrics of a recorded tune, a half dozen teenage girls rehearsed a jazzy dance on the stage at Downtown Arts earlier this week as they prepared for tonight’s free presentation of a variety show called “Home For The Holidays.”


Meanwhile, almost unnoticed in another part of the room, some younger girls mirrored every step of the teens they obviously admired, pointing their feet, leaping about, and finally, linking arms for a chorus line.


It is kind of flattering to be imitated, admitted Justine Buczynski, 13, of Exeter, one of the older dancers, who had noticed the younger dancers out of the corner of her eye.


Soon the younger girls took the stage, a few of them actually jumping for joy that it was their turn to rehearse a “Jingle Bell Rock” number.


“They’re such hams,” dance instructor Bridget Giunta Husted said as the girls struck poses. “They’re Christmas hams.”


“They’ve worked so hard all year,” choreographer Gina Malsky said. “This is a chance to relax and have fun.”


The free performance of “Home For The Holidays” will be part of Wilkes-Barre’s Third Friday celebration, when people are invited to spend the hours between 5 and 8 p.m. perusing various art forms.


The Wyoming Valley Art League’s Third Friday Exhibit includes its Fall Juried Art Show as well as a group photography exhibit called “Six in a Series.” You’ll find that in the art league’s building at 130 S. Franklin, where soup-kitchen donations will be welcome.


At Marquis Art & Frame, 122 S. Main St., meanwhile, you’ll find the collective colored-pencil works of 13 artists on display.


Holiday parties are set for 5 to 8 p.m. at the Art Seen Gallery, 21 Public Square, and the Osterhout Library, 71 S. Franklin St.


And, at Downtown Arts, 47 N. Franklin St., various artists are expected to have their studios open, and the music-and-dance performance will begin at 6:30 p.m.


“It’ll be a place to come inside and get warm,” Malsky said.


Wilkes-Barre’s Third Friday events will take a winter break in January and February and resume March 21.


 
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