By MARGIE TRAX PAGE

Staff Writer

mtrax@starbeacon.com



MADISON TOWNSHIP - - Anyone looking for a miracle on 34th Street this holiday season can just stop in Madison Township for an afternoon.

Cornerstone Friends Church on Hubbard Road will recreate the sights and sounds of 34th Street in New York City at it's Winterfest from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 16.

"This is going to be a really fun time for kids and parents and families," event coordinator Karen Brawn said.

The free indoor event emphasizes family and offers area residents a free afternoon out, Brawn said.

"People spend so much money this time of year, so we thought offering a free afternoon for families would be appreciated," she said.

Participants can browse "34th Street" and get free popcorn and hot dogs from vendors, free coffee and pastries from a re-created New York City coffeehouse, and take a free horse-drawn sleigh ride through Madison Township, Brawn said.

"We have set this up to be a magical, unexpected atmosphere. Our 34th Street is two stories tall and has a 24-foot Christmas tree in our Central Park," Brawn said.

A live nativity scene also will be on site and the barnyard animals will be outside for viewing.

Children are invited to join in the Christmas story times and Christmas craft making, Brawn said.

"We really tried to make this an event for everyone. Adults can come in and relax with a cup of coffee; children have more than enough activities to keep them busy; and everyone can enjoy the food, sleigh rides and nativity scene," Brawn said.

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