Lights On parade participants in North Creek
Organizers for the annual “Lights On” holiday celebration are looking for residents throughout the Upper Hudson Valley/Gore Mountain Region to participate in the gala parade down Main Street, held this year on Saturday, Dec. 1.
“The parade is not just open to people in North Creek,” said Lights On Committee member Laurie Arnheiter. “We’d like to see people from all over the region take part, including people from Minerva and Indian Lake.”
People who are part of a group or organization should start talking about what their group can do to be part of the annual Lights On Christmas Parade. If they know someone with a horse and wagon or a flatbed or trailer willing to carry the group or organization, they should also start planning now to be involved. The parade will be organized by Pat Connors, Theresa Lane and Cindy Lapell from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at which time it will begin the route downtown.
The route of the parade is from the North Creek Firehouse/Johnsburg Central School Parking Lot to the Adirondack Tri-County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
“The nursing home is appreciative that we end the parade at the town highway garage area, allowing their residents the opportunity to enjoy this community event,” Arnheiter said. “Santa and Mrs. Claus are delivered to the nursing home along with a number of organizations that carol to the residents and staff at the home.”
Businesses on Main Street will offer refreshments to all parade participants following the parade.
The parade is only one part of the month-long Lights On celebration, which begins Friday, Nov. 30.
For the past 23 years, the committee, made up of residents and business people from the Johnsburg community, has worked to create a community celebration of all things winter. Matt Thomas, of Frontier Communications, will be hanging the community snowflakes around town the week before the event so they can “light up the nights.”
Anyone interested in being part of the community Christmas parade or volunteering on the Lights On Committee may call: Lisa Thomas, 251-0815 (Trimmers) or Laurie Arnheiter, 251-4461 (Hudson River Trading Company).
Friday, Nov. 30
•Community Bank open house: The Community Bank Christmas Open House will be held from noon to 3 p.m.
•Tolling of the bells: At 5 p.m. tolling of the Methodist Church Carillon will officially will sound the beginning of "Lights On" for the 2012 holiday season.
•Tree-lighting ceremony: The lighting of the community Christmas tree, which was made available by Rob Wing and family and Volt Landscaping, will be preceded by welcome comments from Supervisor Ron Vanselow at 5 p.m., a candlelight service dedicated to our service people led by Pastor Wayne Schoonmaker, and caroling lead by Denise and Frank Conti. I t will end with the playing of “Taps” by a lone bugler. Open houses and refreshments will follow the tree lighting at local businesses.
•Owens House reception: Everyone is invited following the lighting to the Owens House Educational Center for their annual open house to enjoy punch and cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring your camera to photograph your children talking to this well-known couple.
•Dinner specials: Restaurants will be featuring a "Lights On" dinner special following the tree lighting.
Saturday, Dec. 1
•Breakfast with Santa: This event will once again be held at the North Creek Firehouse from 7 to 11 a.m. All children are welcome from the surrounding area not limited to residents of Johnsburg. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, cereal, milk, juice and coffee will be served. Adults are $5 and children are $3. Breakfast for children 3 and under are free, and Santa will be on hand with presents for all the children. The area fire companies participating in the parade invite children to ride on the fire trucks as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
•Lights On Parade: With lineup at 11 a.m., the parade starts at 11:30 at the North Creek firehouse and ends at the Adirondack Tri-County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
•Holiday Celebration: At 7 p.m. at the Tannery Pond Community Center, the North Country Singers; the Holiday Children's Choir; OTTG and Special Guests will present “A Holiday Celebration.” Enjoy seasonal music including The JCS Jazz Band and Don Preuninger on piano. The event is coordinated by Musical Director Denise Conti with Mellissa Muljey.
•Light On Fair: The Copperfield Inn will be the site for the Lights On Fair featuring handcrafted and artisan creations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests will be able to get a head start on holiday shopping with unique local handmade gifts. Admission is free, and there will be a silent auction. Bring a canned good for the Adirondack Community Outreach Center Food Pantry and receive one free silent auction ticket.
Thursday, Dec. 6
•Silver Christmas Tea and Bazaar: This event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Creek United Methodist Church, 247 Main St. A silver tea lunch with fancy sandwiches and cookies will be served. Plus, craft tables will include creative hand work, knit goods, candies, breads and a Christmas white elephant table. Call 251-3427 for more information.
Many events will be announced over the coming months. Go to the website www.LightsOnJohnsburg.com for the schedule.