Written by Katherine M. Trager Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00On Saturday, Dec. 4, the Village of Westbury celebrated its annual tree lighting ceremony and holiday party. The event was held at the Village Recreation Center and was hosted by the Recreation Commission and the Westbury/Carle Place Chamber of Commerce.
Families, friends and neighbors chatted over hot cocoa and refreshments as the fireplace flickered cozily in the background. Live Christmas medleys performed by the American Concert Band’s Brass Quartet and Westbury High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society added to the holiday spirit.
Recreation Supervisor Michael A. Jackson greeted the gathering and presented awards to the winners of the yearly Thanksgiving Drawing Contest.
“At this time every year, we’re very happy to see so many kids here with their families,” said Jackson.
Westbury Village officials also warmly wished everyone a happy and healthy holiday.
“On behalf of the Village Board and all of the Village family, whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukkah, we wish you a happy holiday season and a very healthy New Year,” said Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro.
“I know this year has been hard for a lot of us, but I hope that today we can put our concerns aside and really enjoy the meaning of the season,” added Deputy Mayor Joan Boes.
When dusk fell, the crowd huddled together outside in the frosty air. Children jumped and squealed in anticipation of the tree lighting and a guest appearance by Santa Claus.
The crowd joined in the countdown to the tree lighting and cheered as the tree’s radiance illuminated the darkening sky. Three candles also glowed brightly on the Village Menorah to designate the first three nights of Hanukkah.
The brass quartet started up another lively tune as children craned their necks to gaze expectantly down Post Avenue.
Soon, a bright red fire engine carrying a familiar fellow in a bright red suit zoomed down the block, making a grand entrance into the parking lot of the Recreation Center. Santa Claus handed out candy canes and posed for photographs with crowds of awestruck children. Seeing their joy and wonder, and the smiling faces of their parents and neighbors, was the perfect finale for Westbury’s annual holiday