Despite increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus, Maybrook is moving forward with revised Christmas celebrations that will look a lot different from prior years.
“These events are very important for the kids,” said Mayor Dennis Leahy, “and we are not going to jeopardize the safety of our kids and our residents.”
Although, as Trustee Kevin Greany said, “It is getting very scary lately,” the holiday decorations are up throughout the village, the annual Christmas House Decorating Contest is still on and so is the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
At Monday’s Village Board meeting, members praised members of the Dept. of Public Works for all the decorations, especially Frankie Amodeo who “always puts his heart in it,” Mayor Leahy said.
The House Decorating Contest will see judges out roaming village streets the week before Christmas, looking for the best-decorated homes. Prizes (Home Depot gift cards) will be awarded to first place ($100), second ($75) and third ($50).
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held 6 p.m., Sun., Nov. 29, outdoors, at the Frederick Myers Veterans Memorial Park. To protect participants, face masks and social distancing will be enforced. There will be performances by singer/songwriter Kevin Cronin, Pam Murphy and the Maybrook Troop 236 Scout Band. Santa will make his appearance with a few of his friends.
Unfortunately, the annual holiday concern by the Maybrook Symphonic Wind Ensemble has been cancelled.
“COVID-19 really hit us hard this year,” Mayor Leahy said, “and the holiday concern is such a festive event that will be missed this year. We hope to see them all back performing in the spring.”