New Kulpmont Nativity

Sportsman’s President Morris Gilotti and Kulpmont Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Dave Shinskie stand next to the newly purchased Nativity set in Kulpmont town park.

KULPMONT — The Kulpmont Sportsman Association will again provide the Kulpmont Borough Deer Display as it has over the past 15 years. The deer, rented from Lake Tobias Wildlife Park in Halifax, Dauphin County, arrived Nov. 23 and will be on exhibit until New Year’s Day.

The original display for the holiday season was at the former Kulpmont Fire Company No. 1 parking lot at the corner of Eighth and Chestnut streets. The idea was lost for several years and was brought back by the Kulpmont Sportsman Association at the same location. Later, it was relocated to the Kulpmont Borough Park at 11th and Chestnut streets and continues to be displayed there. Over time, renovations were made to the removable pen to make it a permanent structure, which included the addition of mountain stone walls, with a peaked roof to blend with its surroundings.

Along with providing the deer a natural environment and food, the Sportsman Association has been decorating the town park over the holiday period. This year, president Morris “Moe” Gilotti led the initiative to obtain a new Nativity scene to replace the existing, aging set. A new display was purchased in a joint effort by “the Sporties,” the Kulpmont Knights of Columbus and an anonymous donor. To top it off, master woodworkers and Sportsman Committee members Mike Susnoski and Tom Moroz constructed an authentic manger with enclosure for the Nativity display.

President Gilotti and The Sportsman Association would like to thank Nolan’s Lumber Company, Stan Wood Products and Susnoski for their donations toward the project, along with all members who help to decorate the park each year for the holiday season.

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