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.
Hats off to the Local Film Society; they showed their 100th film this past weekend with free admission for the loyal public that has been attending over these past couple of years. Many thanks to the faithful core of local citizens that have made this a reality and provide good movies twice a month at local sites.
Reminder the Willsboro Heritage Society 2010 calendars are available at the Pharmacy, Village Meat Market, & Sportsman's Diner.
Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Mae Mather of Essex, as her funeral was this past weekend. Even though we have had very mild weather, I have learned of six people who have taken falls in their homes; hopeful all are on the mend. The weather seems to change from mild to cold & windy conditions on a daily basis, so people tend not to dress to fit the conditions and thus many have colds, especially the children going off to school. The teachers take the children out each day possible and many do not wear even a jacket to school.
Birthday Greetings: Mary Hislop 12/14, Jack Wintermute 12/17.