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When the circus comes to the Taber

The second annual ornament sale during the holiday exhibit, “When the Circus Comes to Town,” will be held at the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, from Dec. 6, 7 and 8. There will be work by talented artists in Lycoming County.

The sale, to be held in the Community Room of the museum, will take place at 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Proceeds will benefit the museum.

Artists created limited edition and one-of-a-kind ornaments. Mike Swanger, with blown glass friendship balls and icicles; Linda Campbell, stoneware pottery sleds and snowflakes; Mickey Mapstone, fabric budgies; Sally Cohick, papier-mache Santas and snowmen; Jackie Thomas, felted and fiber ornaments and Loblolly pine needle coiled ornaments; Nadine Sapiente, stained glass snowmen and snowflakes; and Deb Parsons, lamp work/torchwork glass angels, snowmen and icicles; will be at the ornament sale. There also will be a holiday boutique featuring other works such as jewelry, pottery, silk scarves and sculptures.

This year’s featured artist is Parson’s with her 2019 limited edition ornament: A circus elephant reflecting the museum’s holiday exhibit “When the Circus Comes to Town.”

At the holiday exhibit, a Humpty Dumpty Circus, 1900, will be featured. It was created by the Schoenhut Manufacturing Company, dating back to late 1800s to the 1910s and will feature a ring master, lion tamer, clowns, elephants, donkeys and trapeze artists all under the Big Top tent. There also will be a selection of vintage toys, stuffed animals, circus posters, carousel music boxes, miniature carousel horses and figurines of the well-known clown Emmett Kelly. The Emmett Kelly figurines are from the collection of Daune Pasco. The exhibit will open Wednesday and continues through Jan. 18.

There also will be carved circus figures by Ron Warren depicting Mother Goose, elephants, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Humpty Dumpty characters. In addition, there will be vintage toys, mostly wind-up and tin toys from the early 20th century, from collector Paul Weber. A number of music box carousels and carousel horses will be on display from the late Jay Hilsher’s collection.

For more information, call at 570-326-3326.

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