The Village of Farmingdale kicked off the 2000 holiday season with the annual lighting of the tricentennial tree on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Musical entertainment was provided by both the Farmingdale High School mixed chorus and the South Shore Brass Ensemble. Farmingdale Mayor Joseph Trudden did the honors of lighting the tree, aided by enthusiastic local children who helped him countdown to the lighting.
The Farmingdale High School Mixed Chorus and the South Shore Brass Ensemble performed music for residents gathered at the annual holiday tree lighting outside Village Hall.
Local residents, along with their families and children bundled up on the cold night to listen to the musical entertainment while they waited anxiously for Trudden to light the tree. The Farmingdale High School mixed chorus, led under the direction of Michelle Lindsley, sang a variety of holiday songs including Oh Christmas Tree and Hallelujah.
Prior to lighting the Colorado blue spruce tree, which was planted on the Village Green in 1987 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of settlement in 1687 by Thomas Powell, Mayor Trudden gave his annual holiday message. Similar to his messages of the past, Trudden asked those in attendance to hope for peace on Earth. He said he wishes for an end to the turmoil between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and asked residents to remember all the veterans who have served the United States during times of war, especially those who fought in Pearl Harbor, since the anniversary of the attack was the following day.
This year's sponsors of the annual program were the Village of Farmingdale, Farmingdale Public Schools, the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society, of which President Dr. Benjamin Giminaro spoke at the celebration, the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, of which President Mary Ann Paras spoke at the ceremony, and the Farmingdale Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis Past President George Valente and President John Mace were on hand at the tree lighting and also made announcements, as did Sylvia Claase of the Village Beautification Committee, who are responsible for the holiday decorations seen around town. Nassau County Legislator Salvatore Pontillo also came to celebrate the tree lighting.
To warm residents after the tree lighting, the Farmingdale Kiwanis Club provided hot chocolate and donuts inside Village Hall.