“A neighborhood affair”: Moxham’s Village Street, Russell House lit up for Christmas | New

JOHNSTOWN, PA – Lena Smith, her daughter Tynesha and her friend Candy Hoffman have agreed that the Village Street and Russell House Nightlife on Friday provided the perfect vacation setting for the Moxham neighborhood of Johnstown.

“It’s really good for them to start over,” said Lena Smith.






Families and residents of Moxham walked through Village Street on Friday, December 3, 2021, admiring the holiday light shows.



Twinkling lights adorned the bushes and windows of buildings up and down Village Street, and the historic Russell House, on Park Avenue, was adorned in a warm glow with wreaths hanging from windows and doors.

“It’s a really cool thing to do,” Tynesha Smith said.

The group enjoyed the holiday decor and the people who helped set it up, including Camillya Taylor, who operates multiple businesses on Village Street.

“It’s nice to have him around the neighborhood,” Hoffman said.

She had no idea the event was taking place until she heard the Kulani Kids dance and drum team playing in the neighborhood. In addition to these kids entertaining guests, a small parade marched down Village Street around 6 p.m., the LivRed Foundation had set a table with treats and classic Christmas tunes played across the street.






Russell House

People line up outside the front door of Russell House in Moxham waiting for a hot chocolate during the Village Street and Russell House Light Up party on Friday, December 3, 2021.



At the Russell House, hot chocolate was handed out and Christmas trees adorned the front room for people to enjoy.

“It’s a great idea,” said Michael Youchak.

He lives on Village Street and has his house decorated to match the other light effects.

“Moxham gets a bad rap sometimes, and I wanted people to know that there are good people here,” Taylor said of his involvement. “Let’s make some noise. Let’s get people here and show them what’s going on.






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Ivelisse Taylor takes a photo of her cousin, Nia, in front of a light show at Village Street and Russell House Light Up Night on Friday, December 3, 2021. Nia Taylor’s mother, Camillya, helped organize the event.



Taking into account the exhibits and the people who enjoy them, she described the scene as beautiful.

“It’s fun to be here,” said Joyous Jackson.

She is part of the percussion and dance team and was thrilled to be a part of the event.

“It was happy,” her friend Kiley Gray said.






Moxham lights

JoAnn (left) and Jordan Smith and Danasia Stephens watch Village Street lights with Ariana Smith during the light up event on Friday, December 3, 2021.



Jackson’s sister, Jubilee, agreed, adding that while she didn’t like the cold, the event itself was great.

“It’s a neighborhood affair,” said organizer Barry Gallagher.

He called it Russell House’s Christmas card to the community.

Darryl Buynack is the mastermind behind the light shows and said he got involved years ago because he “wanted to help this field be positive and bring joy to people.”

Christina Watts, owner of The Divine Medium on Village Street, was thrilled to see local businesses and Moxham residents working together, she said.

“We are trying to build Moxham,” she said.

Russell House will host its Christmas event from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 11 and from noon to 5 p.m. on December 12. This year’s theme is Movies at Russell House, and there will be shows, vendors, artisans, a bake sale, basket raffle and kids’ area. Sleigh rides will be available on December 12.

Joshua Byers is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 814-532-5054. Follow him on Twitter @Journo_Josh.

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