Friday, 26 November 2010 00:00
It’s that wonderful time of year again as downtown Glen Cove puts on its holiday spirit. Kick off the season at the Village Square on Saturday, Nov. 27 as the Glen Cove Business Improvement District gets ready for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, featuring this year’s gift of a tree from the family of Eugene and Liz Merkel, and their son William. The fun begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and lasts till 5:30 p.m., when the tree is officially lit. It is rumored Santa will appear to listen to the secret wishes of children and sit for a photo. There will be a horse and carriage ride, and live music will be playing for any and all to sing along to.
The Merkels offered up their tree this year after 17 years of nurturing its growth from a cast off seedling, found next to their garage. Now a tall stately full tree, it graces the Village Square, thanks to the help of the Public Works staff.
Anybody needing a little help getting into the spirit can sing to the jazzy sounds of Sparky and the Santas, a group of Glen Cove High School freshmen, former Jazz Band students of Finley Middle School Band director Nick Carbuto. Led by drummer Matt Grabowski, the group features brass and winds instrumentalists Stan Tokarz, Hans Ring, Michael Burrell, Josh Mundell, D’Metrius Fernandez, Joseph Nicolich, James Curtis, Chris Christodoulou, and flautists Claudia Kolanovic and Maxine Lizaso.
Thanks and Santa hats off to the Glen Cove Public Works staffers who moved the tree including John McKenna, Mike Salentino, Kevin Monahan, Gary Puetzer, Hugo Calderone and Dave Smith. Also a big nod to National Grid who donated their trucks and their team of helpers, Dave Spy, Scott Albertson and Bob Hughes, who helped to move the tree to Village Square. Escort was provided for the tree to Village Square by Glen Cove Police Dept. Officer Marco Telese.
1:30-3:45 p.m.: Horse & Carriage Rides- sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Santa arrives downtown via horse and carriage
1:30 p.m.: Sparky and the Santas kick off the festivities with holiday jazz
2-4:15 p.m.: Pictures with Santa sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union
3:30 p.m.: Glen Cove Senior Center Golden Voices Chorale Group under the direction of Rev. Paul Moon
3:45 p.m.: Last carriage ride loads
4:14 p.m.: Cadette Girl Scout Troop #1243 performs
4:30 p.m.: Invocation led by Rev. Elisabeth Simpson, First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove. Community Candle lighting ceremony, Hon. Mayor Ralph Suozzi presiding.
5 p.m.: Santa arrives by firetruck. Tree lighting
Hot chocolate is sponsored by Henry’s Confectionery and Luncheonette and hot apple cider and candy canes are sponsored by Capital One Bank.
During the Festival, please bring donation of children’s winter coats for Assemblyman Charles Lavine’s coat drive, part of the National Cleaners Association Coats For Kids program. We are also accepting leftover Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy Give Back, which will be sent to U.S. military members who are deployed in harms way.
We would like to thank the Glen Cove High School DECA students for their volunteer hours assisting at the Festival. We also wish to thank our sponsors: National Grid, Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, our Elf Master ServPro of Glen Cove/Jericho, and Little Elf Glen Floors.
For more information call the Glen Cove Downtown BID at 759-6970, or visit www.glencovedowntown. org.