LEWISBORO, N.Y. The town of Lewisboros 5th annual Winter Celebration was held at the Town Park Monday night and drew well over 100 people.
The crowd was treated to the tree lighting ceremony and visits from Frosty the Snowman and Minnie Mouse who arrived on the scene via fire truck. The event was sponsored by the Lewisboro Town Board and the Parks & Recreation Department.
The crowd, which enjoyed the relatively balmy 50-degree weather, was also entertained by the Lewisboro Girl Scouts and the John Jay High School a capella group, The Troublemakers, who regaled the audience with some holiday songs.
Last year it was 20 degrees and one year it was snowing, said Nicole Stone, recreation assistant. So this is pretty good.
Despite the warmer temperatures, kids and grown-ups alike drank plenty of hot chocolate and munched on an array of cookies and donuts.
Deputy Supervisor Peter DeLucia was designated to be this years official tree-lighter and said he was honored to be chosen to be the one to throw the switch.
Its all about the kids, he said. Anytime you can get the kids out and have neighbors meeting neighbors its a good thing. Its a great way for the town to bond.
DeLucia said the town used to have a tree-lighting ceremony many years, but for reasons he couldn't recall it was discontinued. The town resurrected the idea five years ago and he said he hopes it becomes an unbreakable tradition.
State Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R-Goldens Bridge) was also on hand for the festivities. The former Lewisboro councilman said he never missed the towns tree lighting and noted that he had attended many Lewisboros neighboring towns celebrations as well. He said one element was missing from Lewisboros.
This is the seventh one that Ive done so far and Santa was at every one of them except this one, he said. At the end of the day, its just a holiday tradition. I dont think you have to get too politically correct about it.
Organizers had also encouraged residents to bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to be donated to the local food pantry for neighbors in need during the holiday season.
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