BY LOHR McKINSTRY
---- — AuSABLE FORKS — The eighth-annual Christmas in the Forks, an old-fashioned town Yuletide celebration, will include a tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Town of Black Brook Clock Park.
The Christmas tree to be used in the Clock Park, located in AuSable Forks, will be donated this year by Robbie and Renee Baer from Jay. That contribution makes the Baers a special part of this year’s celebration, Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas said.
The annual tree lighting has drawn in crowds of almost 400 people each year. Over the last eight years, the hours of this celebration have grown into an all-day event for families and children of all ages, Douglas said in a news release.
“For me, this is one event I don’t want to miss. The annual tree lighting is more than just a celebration; it reminds us that we must all work together to do great things. To our parishes, to our businesses and to residents young and old, may the spirit of Christmas be with you all year long.
”Many hands help to make Christmas in the Forks glorious each year.”
HOURS OF FUN
Here’s the Christmas in the Forks timeline for this weekend:
2:30 to 3 p.m.: Story Hour with Mrs. Claus, at AuSable Forks Free Library.
3 p.m.: Christmas in Song Open House, St. James Episcopal Church. Musicians from area churches are invited to come and share their musical talents in celebration of the holy season.
4 p.m.: Free holiday movie, popcorn and candy canes for children at Hollywood Theatre, sponsored by the AuSable Forks Fire Department.
5:30 p.m.: Festivities begin at the Town of Black Brook Clock Park, AuSable Forks. Featured will be visitors from Santa’s Workshop, the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, Snoopy, Lady Frosty Forks, Santa and Mrs. Claus and two special guests to help light the tree this year. Performances by the Adirondack Mountain Singers will entertain the crowd, while characters mingle.
6 p.m.: The tree is lit.
7 p.m.: Free holiday movie, popcorn and candy canes for children at Hollywood Theatre, sponsored by the AuSable Forks Fire Department; and visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and friends at the Town of Jay Community Center, sponsored by the AuSable Forks Revitalization and Beautification committees.
8 to 11 a.m.: AuSable Forks Fire Department Community Breakfast at the AuSable Firehouse.
This year, Douglas said, they want to thank Matt and Shannon Stanley of Santa’s Workshop in Wilmington for helping to spread Christmas cheer at the celebration. He also praised the AuSable Forks downtown merchants, AuSable Forks Fire Department, AuSable Forks Library, Media Central, Placid Productions, the Clock Project Committee, the towns of Jay and Black Brook employees, the Revitalization and Beautification committees, Hollywood Theatre, Clinton and Essex County sheriff’s departments and especially the Tree Lighting Committee, chaired by Helen Wirt-Kennedy.
He also acknowledged Jamie Atkins for providing transportation to Santa and Mrs. Claus to AuSable Forks.