The communities of Willsboro & Essex helped us get into the mood of Christmas this past weekend. The Willsboro Congregational church has, now for several years, kicked off the season with the Green's Tea & Lunch. They had a nice selection of gift items for sale and a nice assortment of baked goods; someone went to all the trouble of making a ginger bread house.
Then, as you traveled to Essex, there was much to take in, starting with the Holiday Sale and Lunch at the Methodist Community Church. Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus dropped in to wish everyone a merry Christmas. They made the trip over on the Ferry. There were a few shops open with a wide variety of possible gifts. The weather was great for moving around the area. There was also a Holiday Sale and lunch at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall. It is always so much fun to greet and visit with friends that we do not see all the time.
The Canadian Pacific lighted train went through this past week and it was well lit-up, always a delight to see. Several children were disappointed as they were looking for Santa to be on the Caboose waving and wishing us all a holiday greeting but sadly he was not there, no caboose or Santa.
There are several Christmas musical concerts coming up in the next couple of weeks. Also, the reading of the Christmas Carol will take place at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall.
Along with the joy of the season, there was also some unhappy events, someone rammed an object through the bathroom wall into the center area making a large hole at the Visitor's Center. This is such a welcome addition to our community it is hard to learn of such destruction for no reason. Then, on Saturday during the early morning hours, someone placed a Christmas tree in the parking lot between the Bowling alley & the Pharmacy and set it on fire. This had to call out our Fire Department and the Police, here again a needless act of vandalism.