Halloween ends, Christmas begins this weekend

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 30, 2003

The Haunted Tunnel will frighten people one last time Friday, while the Christmas season will begin and several civic clubs will have pancake breakfasts this weekend.

Being Halloween night, Friday will be the last chance to visit the Ironton Lions Club's Haunted Tunnel, located off Coryville Road. Visiting the various spooks abound in dark corners is $5, and this event is the club's largest fund raiser.

If the Haunted Tunnel does not scare away your appetite, plenty of pancake breakfasts will blanket the Lawrence County landscape Saturday. The organizations include the Chesapeake Lion's Club from 7-11 a.m. at Chesapeake High School, First Presbyterian Church in Ironton from 7-11:30 a.m. and the Proctorville Masonic Lodge 550 from 8-11 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic hall.

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Meanwhile, a local Cub Scout Pack will begin collecting food for those who may not have it otherwise. Pack 104 will leave bags on door knobs from Chestnut Street through Hanging Rock for non-perishable foods Saturday. Those who wish to donate may leave the bags out on Nov. 8 for Boy Scout Pack 104 to pick up.

In the evening, Ironton First United Methodist Church will host a musical worship service designed to celebrate Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving at 7 p.m. The Scioto County Festival Choir, made up of singers from more than 30 churches in Lawrence and Scioto counties, will present a musical program titled, "America: Pilgrim's Prayer, A Patriot's Dream."

Sunday afternoon, the Lawrence County Museum will open for its Christmas season from 1-5 p.m. Every room in the museum will be decorated, and this year's theme is "An Ohio Bicentennial Christmas."

Marlene Ferguson will provide special music at 1 p.m. The museum's original owner, Col. George Gray, his wife and their German servant Ricki (portrayed by Martin and Virginia Smith and Lou Pyles, respectively) will greet guests in the parlor and give them a tour of the home.