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The Holidays Have Arrived in Ambler!

December 6, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Santa makes his much-anticipated parade appearance in downtown Ambler on Saturday. (Rachel Acquaviva)

Downtown Ambler, located in Montgomery County, was abuzz with holiday activity when the Ambler Theater hosted its second annual Family Day at the Movies toy drive and charity event on Saturday, December 4.

Patrons were asked to bring an unwrapped gift in exchange for admission to their choice of either “Monsters, Inc.” or “Elf”.  These gifts will be donated to The Kisses for Kyle Foundation, benefiting local children with cancer, and The Arc of Philadelphia, helping people with disabilities.

“I saw a flyer at my gym and have always wanted to come into Ambler,” said Joe Ruggiero of Conshohocken, father of Stella, three and a half, and Ava, one and a half.   “This is the first movie my girls have been to!”

The Ruggiero’s donated a remote control car to the toy drive, and enjoyed all of the festivities the day had to offer.

In addition to the films showing at 10 a.m., the event began at 9 a.m. with face painting, temporary tattoos, food and music.

Philadelphia Eagles mascot Swoop was in attendance to entertain guests of all ages.  Swoop, along with several Eagles cheerleaders, danced and posed for pictures with happy fans.

Guests could also participate in raffles to win items such as sports memorabilia and event tickets, and spa and restaurant gift cards.

“I liked the movie best,” said Stella Ruggiero, 3 1/2, while her 20-month-old sister Ava’s favorite part of the day was eating donuts brought by Dunkin’ Donuts.

Family Day at the Movies was just the beginning of a day of festivities in downtown Ambler, which included Ambler’s annual holiday parade at 1 p.m., sponsored by the Ambler Main Street Committee, Kiwanis Club of Ambler, and the Rotary Club of Ambler.

Despite the frigid temperatures, local residents came out to attend the parade and watch the Upper Dublin High School marching band and the Wissahickon Fire Company, amongst others, make their way down Butler Avenue, which was closed for the procession.

The highlight of the event was the appearance of Santa Claus on a “Rock and Roll”-themed float, complete with jukebox and music.

Ambler merchants utilize the draw of the parade to boost their sales and hope that visitors will patronize their shops for their holiday gifting needs.  Announcements throughout the parade promoted merchandise and gift certificates available at all of the local stores and restaurants.

To learn more about the Ambler Theater, or to plan a visit to downtown Ambler, please visit www.AmblerTheater.org or www.AmblerMainStreet.org.

For more information about The Kisses for Kyle Foundation, please visit www.KissesforKyle.org or call 267-210-1489.

For more information about The Arc of Philadelphia, please visit www.ArcPDDC.org or call 215-229-4550.

Rachel Acquaviva (racquaviva@buxmontnews.com)

Staff Writer

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