This Week in Local History: Seasonal scenes of years gone by

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com
A 20-foot candle decoration illuminated the Hotel Tennant Triangle on South State Street in Clarks Summit in 1967. - Abington Journal file photos
The Moylan children, of Clarks Summit, visited with Santa in 1977. - Abington Journal file photos
The Village Dollhouse, Layton Road, 1987. - Abington Journal file photos

1967 — A 20-foot lit structure in the shape of a candle was erected on the Hotel Tennant triangle in Clarks Summit. A large photograph of the decoration, showing in the background the Scranton Dry Country Store, ran on the Journal’s front page, declaring there was “a new candle in town…the largest around.”

1977 — Six Clarks Summit siblings, along with Santa Claus himself, brightened up that week’s front page with a photo from the jolly elf’s visit to the Grove Street Elementary School. They were the children of Mr. and Mrs. William Moylan. The event, the second annual Children’s Christmas Store, was sponsored by the Clarks Summit Home School Association.

1987 — Featured on page one was the Village Dollhouse, a small building on Layton Road that housed at least 10 even smaller homes inside.

“There are very few people in this world who can honestly say they are not fascinated by dollhouses,” the article began. “It is impossible to pass one, whether in someone’s home or on display at a store, without stopping to marvel at the intricate details – the woodwork, the furniture, the tiny pictures on the wall, the little tea sets.

“Dollhouses have always been an adult hobby masquerading as a child’s toy, and as Virginia Chamberlin, co-owner of the new Village Dollhouse shop pointed out, it’s precisely that element that makes creating a dollhouse such a unique hobby.

“‘The age span is endless,’ said Chamberlin while discussing the business she, along with Diane Hennemuth and Tony Norella, opened last week. ‘It can go from 2 to 80, or beyond. It’s something you can have forever.’

“Chamberlin cited the fact that both her daughter, Jesse, 8, and Hennemuth’s daughter Kaitlin, 2 1/2, were interested in dollhouses and the lack of a shop right in the Abington area where you could find everything you would need to create a special dollhouse as the reason the two women decided to open their business.”

A 20-foot candle decoration illuminated the Hotel Tennant Triangle on South State Street in Clarks Summit in 1967.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-LH-1206-1967.jpgA 20-foot candle decoration illuminated the Hotel Tennant Triangle on South State Street in Clarks Summit in 1967. Abington Journal file photos

The Moylan children, of Clarks Summit, visited with Santa in 1977.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-LH-1206-1977.jpgThe Moylan children, of Clarks Summit, visited with Santa in 1977. Abington Journal file photos

The Village Dollhouse, Layton Road, 1987.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-LH-1206-1987.jpgThe Village Dollhouse, Layton Road, 1987. Abington Journal file photos

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.