Three-year-olds Tianna and Logan, both of Minerva, say hello to Santa Claus Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Breakfast with Santa event at the North Creek Volunteer Fire Company. Below, the Johnsburg Central School Drum Corps leads the Dec. 1 parade.
Residents here held a number of special events Saturday, Dec. 1 as part of their annual Lights On holiday celebration.
The North Creek Volunteer Fire Company held a Breakfast with Santa where children age 3 and below could visit with Santa, receive a gift, and get a free breakfast. Adults paid $5 for fresh cooked pancakes, eggs, bacon, and their choice of milk, juice, or coffee.
“It’s crazy!” said Chief Steve Studnicky. “This is only our third year doing this. The first year we served 40, the second 160, and it looks like we’ll clear 180 before we’re done.”
The day’s main event was a large parade down Main Street. Nicole Calvert, who was waiting with Brownie Troop 3686 in the library to join the passing parade, said the festival “spreads happiness in the air and gets everyone movin’ and groovin’ to the holiday spirit.”
The Main Street parade was led by the Johnsburg Central School (JCS) Drum Corps and the JCS Pop Singers. It featured many other participants including: the North Creek Cub Scouts Pack 36 dressed as gingerbread men; Brownie Troop 3686 dressed as sugarplum fairies; Johnsburg Town Supervisor Ron Vanselow driven by Anna Bowers in a courtesy shuttle, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus in their sleigh, and Smokey Bear in an airboat. People lined both sides of the street to watch the event and collect some of the candy canes and foil wrapped Christmas chocolates that were giving out by many groups.
Nicole Koraus, from Izzy’s Market Place & Deli, said they had been busy selling coffee and bagels to people waiting for the parade during the morning. Her co-worker, Jessica Lapoint — who recently moved to the area — said it was great to see how the festival brings the whole community together.
The Copperfield Inn was hosting the Lights on Craft Fair and the Gore Business Expo during the day on Dec. 1.
The Lights on Craft Fair featured a number of local businesses selling a variety of handmade products, including canned goods, natural soaps, felted apparel, jewelry, baskets and candles.
Mary Ann Bowers, who was representing her shop — Poiema — with a wide selection of all natural handmade soaps, said that the fees paid by all the participating vendors, as well as the proceeds from a silent auction, would go to the North Creek Business Alliance. It is this group of dedicated business owners who have been working hard to promote the community and encourage business growth.
Pat Hamilton, the executive director of the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce, said the goal of the Winter Expo was to get the word out about how many events and activities are available during the winter months. She stressed that their goal is to promote the entire Gore Mountain Region, not just North Creek. Chamber officials plan on holding another business expo in May because spring and summer bring a new venue of events and activities.
For a schedule of events in the region, visit www.gorechamber.com.