An early present: Oak Ridge Boys to bring Christmas concert to Punxsy

PUNXSUTAWNEY — You've heard ofChristmas in July, but how about Christmas in September?

No, don't panic, it's not Christmas just yet, but Christmas isn't far from the minds of many, as a special concert is scheduled to take place Nov. 17 in the Jackson Theatre at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) with Krise Transportation as the sponsor for an evening with the Oak Ridge Boys as part of their Christmas Tour, said Tim Krise, owner of Krise Transportation, at a press conference Friday.

"It's going to be a phenomenal show, and part of it is going to be a Christmas theme," Krise said, adding that the second half will be the Oak Ridge Boys' original hits over the last few decades.

He said all seats will be reserved, and the ticket prices are in three different levels:

• Gold seating — $55
• Silver seating — $45
• Bronze seating — $35

"We will begin processing on Sept. 8 in the order requests are received," Krise said.

"I think it's a great event and a great event for the community center, which will benefit from this as well," he added.

He said the community center will be selling refreshments, and ushers will be available to escort everyone to their seats.

All of the proceeds from the concession stands will go back to the community center, he said.

"We hope that we have a good response from this concert so we can look at future concerts down the road too," Krise said, adding that he has been involved with bringing some other musical acts to Punxsy in the past.

"If you recall, about 15 years ago, we had Ronnie Milsap at the high school and Eddie Money 10 years ago," he said.

"The Oak Ridge Boys were available, and this is the only Christmas-themed concert they are doing in Pennsylvania on their tour this year," Krise said.

He said the community center board and Krise Transportation employees are all excited about this great event.

Krise said the Jackson Theatre has seating for 994 patrons with good sight lines in the historic theatre that was once part of the junior high complex.

He said the doors will open at approximately 6 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30.

Parking at the community center will be reserved as handicapped, shuttle buses and support vehicles only, he said.

Krise said parking will be available in the downtown area, including the
Groundhog Plaza.

Parking will also be available at the Walmart plaza and the Punxsy Plaza with shuttle buses that will transport concert goers to and from the concert, he said.

"The buses will drop you off at the front of the community center and will be outside the doors when the concert is over," Krise said, adding that the cost of the shuttle is $3 round trip and may be paid when purchasing your ticket.

He said tickets will be on sale from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Sept. 8 at the community center, up to and including the day of the show.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 10, tickets will be available for purchase from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday, or you may reserve your tickets at 1325 Scotland Ave. Ext., which is next door to the Scotland Avenue Church of God and across from the school bus garage, Krise said, or you may reserve your tickets by phone at 814-938-9632.

Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards will be accepted with a $3 processing fee per ticket, Krise said, adding that tickets purchased by check or credit card will be mailed within 10 business days from the receipt of payment.

He said tickets purchased after Nov. 7 will be available for pickup at the box office at the community center on the day of the concert, beginning at noon.

Krise said he isn't looking for a profit margin on this event; the planners just want to cover their expenses.

"I encourage people to come into town early and eat dinner at any of the fine restaurants in Punxsy," he said.

Rob McCoy, community center director, said he is all for the event and is looking forward to this concert, and he hopes for more in the future.