Story by Lisa Rice
A beloved Warwick tradition, Home for the Holidays, kicked off the 2017 Holiday season on Sun., Nov. 19 in the Village of Warwick. Visitors from near and far braved the suddenly brisk wintery weather to view the brilliantly decorated store fronts, listen to the harmonic voices of the Warwick Valley Chorale, enjoy special offers at local eateries and even take a horse and buggy ride.
“The event was well attended and successful,” said Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard.
Designed to promote the convenience and enjoyment found in shopping local, a series of events have been scheduled, including the annual Warwick Fire Department Tree Lighting on Fri., Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. and Menorah lighting on Tues., Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. – both at Lewis Park, and a visit from Santa on Sat., Dec. 9 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Railroad Green.
Ongoing festivities include caroling throughout the Village by the Warwick Valley Chorale and free horse and buggy rides from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends through Sun., Dec. 17, weather permitting. The fun and festivities are sponsored by the local merchants.
Coming up also on Sat., Nov. 25 is “Small Business Saturday” in the Town of Warwick. All residents are encouraged to fill their Holiday shopping list with items from Warwick’s three Villages, seven Hamlets and the Town’s commercial areas.
“Small Business Saturday has now become a tradition that we look forward to. It puts a focus on small businesses that makes Warwick such a vibrant community,” said Mayor Newhard.