FALCONER – He might be on vacation, but Santa is set to make a sunny appearance this month in Falconer.
A committee has been set up to help bring Christmas to July in the village. The plan includes a variety of events from Thursday, July 22 through Saturday, July 24, culminating with a parade with Santa Claus – a tradition typically held in November each year to kick off the holiday season. This parade was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The idea to host Christmas in July – considered the first for Falconer – came from Peter and Jane Fuller after the couple initially planned to throw a party at their house, complete with Christmas lights, decorations and cookies. of Christmas.
Peter Fuller, the former village public works department superintendent, thought expanding a village-wide celebration would be a great way for the community to reconnect after so many months inside due to COVID .
“It has been such a difficult time to try to get through the pandemic”, said Chris Oste, a member of the committee that organizes the events. “(Peter) wanted some of the fun of Christmas to be felt, and what better way than to bring it to the community. When he and his wife approached some of the villagers, they jumped on board. “
On Thursday, July 22, there will be a book sale at the Falconer Public Library from 9 am to 5 pm; and an orchestral concert in Davis Park from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
On Friday July 23, the book sale continues from 9 am to 5 pm; a farmers market in Davis Park from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. a chicken barbecue at Davis Park; and community songs.
On Saturday July 24, the book sale continues from 9 am to 1 pm; a craft show and children’s fair at the Falconer Fire Department from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. a Kiwanis hot dog sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Santa Claus Parade starting at noon with a meet and greet at the Santa House near Tops Markets on South Work Street.
Falconer Mayor James Jaroszynski hopes to see the public come out and enjoy the festivities. “It’s good that our community can come together and be able to do it” Jaroszynski said, congratulating the committee for organizing the events.
To stay in the spirit of the mid-year celebration, Santa will wear a Hawaiian shirt and have brightly colored candy canes to hand out to the children.
“We have had such a difficult year with everyone isolated”, said Oste. “Now we finally have the chance to get together again. I think that’s a good thing to look forward to, and why not do it at the community level? Our little Falconer is struggling to get back on his feet and anything we can do to raise our hopes is such a good thing. We just want something that we can give to the community.