This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Laura Gardoski about the virtual “White Christmas” watch party hosted by Abington Community Library.
Residence: Clarks Summit
Professional background: Librarian at Abington Community Library
Title: Head of youth services
Q: What inspired this event?
A: We were inspired to create this event because of the fact that many people are staying home to be safe this holiday season, and some are alone. The idea behind this program is that people who want to enjoy a classic holiday film with someone else can do so. The Google Chrome extension Teleparty enables people to start and stop the movie at the same time so everyone’s in the exact same place. Plus, there is a place to chat on the side during the movie.
Q: How does the watch party works?
A: A Netflix subscription is required, as participants will need to use their own login, and the free Google Chrome extension “Teleparty” is required. This virtual event will be Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. Email Laura at Lgardoski@albright.org at least a day in advance to register and receive instructions. This is an Abington Community Library virtual program.
Q: Who can participate in the virtual watch party?
A: Adults are the intended age group; however, families could definitely view the movie together.
Q: What do you love about the movie “White Christmas”?
A: I love “White Christmas” because it’s a musical and a comedy. My family quotes it all year long. I love the songs, the characters, the dances and the gags. It always makes me feel nostalgic as I watch it every year. I never miss it. Some of my other favorites are “The Santa Clause,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Q: What is unique about this event?
A: This is a virtual event that will connect you with others during a time when many may feel isolated. This is a chance to socialize with others, virtually, and enjoy a holiday favorite. Follow Abington Community Library on Facebook to see more virtual events.
Laura Rysz is the features copy editor and calendar editor at The Times-Tribune and runs the Talk of the Times column, which focuses on local fundraisers and other events. She also writes Chef’s Table that profiles restaurants around the region. Additionally, Laura curates events online on AccessNEPA.com. Laura is involved in the special Mother’s Day edition and curates occasional features Marry Memories and Times Travelers. She is a graduate of Haddonfield Memorial High School, New Jersey, and earned an English professional writing degree with a minor in mass communications from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. She also earned a certificate in Social Media Marketing from Rutgers Business School. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5228.