York Factory Whistle Concert Fund
The York Factory Whistle Concert Fund was established to support the annual steam whistle concert that has been a York Christmas tradition since the 1920s. The Christmas carols, which can be heard for miles, are played at 12:15 a.m. Christmas morning on the factory whistle located atop the New York Wire Company plant in York. The Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area rescued the event after a boiler breakdown in 2006, and in 2010, the concert permanently switched to compressed air, which significantly lowered the cost of the event. The Engineering Society of York now runs the annual concert event supported by an annual grant from the fund.