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"A Holiday Shell-a-bration," sponsered by the Roxbury Bandshell Preservation Alliance, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the banshell on Franklin Street in Johnstown. Members of the alliance are (first row, left to right) Chris Verbano, Mary Borkow, (second row) Joe Balon, Joseph Guydo, Lester McDaniel and (third row) Luke Speicher, Helen Speicher, Debbie McDaniel, Matt Danchanko, Ron Heinlein and Tim Burns. Photo by John Tanish/ The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, PA

BY RUTH RICE

RRICE@TRIBDEM.COM

After a year of receiving needed funds and support, a preservation group is giving a Christmas gift to Johnstown.

Members of the Roxbury Bandshell Preservation Alliance will host a “Holiday Shell-a-bration,” a free concert, from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Roxbury Park Bandshell on Franklin Street in Johnstown’s 8th Ward.

“It’s our gift to the community,” said Chris Verbano, organizer of the event and alliance member.

“It’s giving back to the people who have given to us and supported us the past year.

“This is the season for giving and being thankful. Despite the weather, people should come out and feel the holiday warmth.”

The “Holiday Shell-a-bration” will begin with the lighting of a show-stopping 32-foot tree donated by Blough’s Nursery in Thomas Mills.

“It will be lit every evening through the holiday season and all day on Christmas,” Verbano said.

Local groups performing on Sunday will include the Visitation Choir directed by Mark Ed; the Bishop McCort High School Chorus directed by Susan Pearce; and a saxophone ensemble from Greater Johnstown High School directed by Dan Myers.

Each group will perform Christmas music for about a half hour.

“I’ve had this in mind since the beginning,” Verbano said.

“The bandshell cries for something like this. It should be used year-round, but it wouldn’t be used a lot in the winter.”

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