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Highlights open house—a yearly tradition

December 7, 2011

For over 20 years during Christmas time, Highlights for Children has been holding an holiday open house for children and adults at its home on Eighth and Church Street.

“We offer entertainment: arts and crafts workshops, music by guitarist Michael Vreeland, the Harpers Faire with a Flair harp group, storyteller Christine San Jose, puppeteer Ed Wesley, mime ‘Skip’ Mendler, a barbershop quartet of local businessmen, balloon shaping and face painting by Highlight’s staff and choral singing by Honesdale High School students,” said editor-in-chief Christine Curry.

Highlights for Children, a nationally circulated magazine for young children, has published over a billion copies in print for more than 65 years. Its headquarters are maintained in Honesdale with Boyds Mill Press, the magazine’s publishing house, relocating recently to Ohio.

Whether it is such features as Hidden Pictures, Goofus and Gallant, the Timbertoes or Puzzlemania, Highlights helps children enjoy reading, learning and thinking. It is not a school-based magazine and is circulated independently of any controlling institution, which may account for its success.
“For kids, imagination is a skill that needs practice every day,” Curry said. “Play is children’s important work. Creative play is essential to children’s social and cognitive development and toys can offer great opportunities to encourage it.”

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