'Mir­a­cle' com­ing to Main Street on Satur­day

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jay Bra­man Jr. news@free­manon­line.com

The new com­mu­nity event, fea­tur­ing a tree light­ing and mu­sic, will help usher in the 2016 hol­i­day sea­son.

A new com­mu­nity event this week­end will help usher in the hol­i­day sea­son.

“Mir­a­cle on Main Street,” start­ing at 5 p.m. Satur­day in Phoenicia’s business dis­trict, will fea­ture a tree­l­ight­ing cer­e­mony, mu­si­cal per­for­mances, car­ol­ing, hot co­coa and a visit from Santa aboard an M.F. Whit­ney Hose Com­pany fire truck.

Brooke Bai­ley, pro­pri­etor of the Glass Moun­tain Inn in Phoenicia, said the event grew out of a hol­i­day chat she and a friend were hav­ing.

“Jen­nifer Mon­tal­bano, a lo­cal mom and friend, was telling me how great it would be if we had a tree­l­ight­ing for our kids on Main Street,” Bai­ley said. “We started brain­storm­ing how to tie to­gether a Main Street tree-light­ing cer­e­mony with the M.F. Whit­ney an­nual Christ­mas party. We reached out to Main Street busi­nesses, and they were more than happy to par­tic­i­pate . ... We were re­ceived with noth­ing but en­thu­si­asm and help from the com­mu­nity.”

Help­ing to put on the event are Ul­ster Sav­ings Bank, Amy’s Take Away & Cater­ing, Migliorelli Farms and the Nest Egg.

The Phoenicia Business As­so­ci­a­tion has turned the event partly into a fundraiser for the M.F. Whit­ney com­pany thanks to a sugar plum of an idea: The win­ner of a raf­fle will pull the switch that lights the tree, and pro­ceeds will go to the fire de­part­ment.

The raf­fle tick­ets, which cost $2 each, can be pur­chased at shops and eater­ies in Phoenicia.

At 6 p.m. the M.F. Whit­ney fire­house will be­come Phoenicia’s North Pole, of­fer­ing free drinks and snacks, face paint­ing, a Christ­mas craft ta­ble and pho­tos with Santa. Also at the fire­house, mem­bers of the Shan­daken The­atri­cal So­ci­ety will per­form a scene from their cur­rent pro­duc­tion of “Mir­a­cle on 34th Street.”

The the­ater group’s pro­duc­tion of “Mir­a­cle on 34th Street,” based on a 1948 adap­ta­tion for radio, will be on stage from Dec. 2 to 18 at the STS Play­house, 10 Church St., Phoenicia. Per­for­mances are at 8 p.m. Fri­days and Satur­days and 2 p.m. Sun­days. Tick­ets are $20 ($18 for stu­dents and se­nior cit­i­zens). For tick­ets, go to bit.ly/2fWJTT5 or call (845) 688-2279.

The STS pro­duc­tion will be di­rected by Linda Burkhardt. The cast com­prises Tom Al­fano, Kailee Cor­neli­son, David Dan­cyger, Ann Davies, Erin Gi­u­ditta, Brid­get Harkin, Burr Hub­ble, Jeremy McLaugh­lin, Amos New­combe, Alan Shevlo and Faye Storms.

TANIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Store­fronts on Main Street in Phoenicia are dec­o­rated for the hol­i­day sea­son.

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