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Weeknights are wonderful at Milford’s Winter Lights festival

MILFORD, PA — The upcoming Winter Lights Festival of the Arts will feature five weeknight events, each starting at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at the Good Shepherd Church on the corner of 5th Street and West Catherine Street. Entry to each of these events is a donation for the food pantry.

Monday, January 26 there will be a performance by the Delaware Valley High School Jazz Band. Tuesday will be pirate night, with a showing of the Muppet Treasure Island movie, as well as of the 1934 classic. Wednesday there will be a performance of “City that Drinks the Mountain Sky,” by Arm of the Sea Theatre. New York City has managed an ingenious system of aqueducts and reservoirs that provides clear mountain water from the Catskills to nine million downstate residents. The performance portrays the on-going story of the watershed and the uneasy marriage of those who must protect its vulnerable flowing treasure.

On Thursday, Bond Street Theatre’s The Shinbone Alley Stilt Band will perform their unique brass combo on stilts, bringing music to new heights proving musical and physical dexterity. The series will end on Friday with an interactive, fun-for-all-ages magic show, Magic for a Winter’s Eve, performed by magician Mark Mitton. The show will focus on perception and how we see.

An international delight, magician and special effects consultant, Mitton has made Will Smith appear in the middle of Times Square, directed a freak-show opening circus for Aerosmith, and taught sleight-of-hand and created special effects for Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, John Travolta and John Lithgow.

Long John Silver featured on festival’s first weekend

There will be a preview of Tuesday night’s Treasure Island theme on the opening weekend of the festival, when Long John Silver, played by local actor Greg Giblin, will perform readings from “Treasure Island” in the Fellowship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 308 Broad Street. The readings from Robert Louis Stevenson’s book will take place every half hour on Saturday, January 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 25 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. As a bonus, each of his listeners will be made honorary Winter Lights Pirates with fake tattoos.

Giblin, a Pike County resident, is a member of the American Readers Theatre and the National Arts Club in New York City and was last seen at Grey Towers in “Forevermore.” Over the years, his career has given him a range of character performances from “Charlotte’s Web” to “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Locally, he has been heralded as best actor in a play (“Man Who Came to Dinner” and “Proof”) and best supporting actor in a musical (“Earthbound” and “South Pacific”) by the Times-Herald Record.

The event is free, but a donation to the local food pantry is requested.

For more information on the week-long festival visit winterlightsfest.com.

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A performance of “City that Drinks the Mountain Sky,” by Arm-of-the-Sea Theatre, Hudson Valley’s mask and puppet theater, will be featured on Wednesday, January 28 at Milford, PA’s Winter Lights festival. (Click for larger version)