A serenade for Santa

An enthusiastic crowd welcomes the holidays at Goshen tree lighting


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  • The Goshen Girl Scouts entertained the crowd with Christmas carols, aided by Emma Jorgensen, who sang the National Anthem to lead off the ceremony. (Photo by Geri Corey)




  • Celebrating their first Christmas living in Goshen are Richard and Elba Matthies. They love Goshen and want to be a part of the community. “It’s great that we all come together,” said Elba. “The people here are awesome,” said Richard, who’s pictured in an authentic handmade Peruvian hat. (Photo by Geri Corey)




  • Santa Claus, with his beautiful white beard, listens intently to Ken Tschan’s reading of “The Night Before Christmas” (Photo by Geri Corey)




  • This happy group is the Ellis family of Goshen. Parents Jennifer and Patrick are with their children — Emily, 6, in front, Kelsey, 1 1/2 years old, on Patrick’s back. Jennifer has Ashley, 5 months. They’re all anticipating Santa’s arrival. Emily is hoping to find a “Barbie Ambulance” under the tree on Christmas morning. (Photo by Geri Corey)




  • Goshen Village Mayor Mike Nuzzolese and his wife, Alice, brought their five-year-old grandson, Daniel Cruz, to the tree lighting. A kindergartener at Scotchtown Elementary School, Daniel wants a printer for Christmas so he “can print things.” (Photo by Geri Corey)




By Geri Corey

— The misty air and threat of rain didn’t dampen spirits at this year’s tree-lighting ceremony on Goshen's village green.

The event, which took place on Sunday, Dec. 2, had been postponed from Saturday because of forecasted rain.

Families came, many sipping the hot chocolate available on-site while waiting eagerly for a very special arrival. Santa appeared riding in a full-sized, bright red fire engine. The event was so momentous, he was preceded by another fire engine that announced his arrival with wailing sirens and flashing lights.

The sounds of joy from young boys and girls greeted Santa as he emerged. The children walked with him to the park, where the festivities were held.

Girl Scouts from different troops in Goshen serenaded Santa and the audience with Christmas carols. They rounded out their selections ranging from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to “Joy to the World.”

Ken Tschan, founder of Cornerstone Theatre Arts, delivered an eloquent rendition of “The Night Before Christmas" as Santa, by his side, nodded and gestured along to all the action verses.

Afterward, Santa bent down to talk with some of the children. Their parents were happy for the photo opportunity.

Then, as dusk fell, came another highlight: the illumination of Goshen's huge tree, to the “oohs” and “ahs” of the onlookers, who came to enjoy the official start of the holiday season.







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