Miracle on Main Street has everything but the snow

Santa makes pit stops

Carriage rides were offered throughout the village as part of the Miracle on Main Street Festival in Fredonia Saturday.

Snow was the only missing feature of this year’s Miracle on Main Street as Festivals Fredonia outdid itself offering more activities and vendors than ever.

Co-chairs of the festival Melanie Mann and Tanya Burns started planning in April for the event and were thrilled to offer such a large scope of activities at this year’s festival. A horse-drawn carriage, a second hall of craft vendors at Family Church, outdoor food vendors and a wood-carving artisan were all additions to the day’s schedule.

Santa Claus lit the Barker Common Christmas tree to start the day while Boy Scout Troop 267 sold fresh-cut wreaths and swags. 4-H Club members sold live and fragrant Christmas trees. Wreaths, swags and trees were donated by Tuscany Meats and Weather Hill Tree Farm with all proceeds benefiting the Fredonia Food Pantry. Seven Canadway 4-H club members and their leader sold trees and served hot apple cider at the festival. Heather Lesch relates this event is one of many notable community service projects of which her club participates throughout the year. Club members also engage in traditional 4-H projects, recently finishing a ceramics project. Today’s Canadaway club member volunteers also raise market steers and hogs; learn how to care for and show goats, rabbits and dogs among other endeavors.

Santa Claus greeted children throughout the day. Taylor Lahnen of Cassadaga thought he was going to spend the day shopping with his mom, Erica, when she surprised him with a visit to see Santa at the Common’s. Taylor asked Santa for a computer this year. For the seventh year, Nate Beach continues to bring his family to the festival to see Santa. Children, Ella, Ethan and Lily all chatted with the jolly elf while the family dog, Lollie gave Santa lots of canine kisses. This year Lily asked Santa for a microphone, Ella requested a wedge-gymnastics mat and Ethan wanted a Teen Titans action figures. Mr. Claus also read stories at the Barker Library in the morning and visited with children in the afternoon at the Methodist Church.

A lively and melodious rendition of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer resonated down Church street as part of the festival. The Madrigal singers performed Rudolph and more Christmas carols, a cappella, throughout the morning. The singing troupe of Fredonia High School 9th to 12th graders is led by Ryan Shananan, middle and high school choral director. Shananan states any Fredonia high school student who loves to sing, regardless of being part of the formal chorus or any other music class at the school, is welcome to audition for this esteemed group. The Fredonia High School Brass also performed holiday music at the festival.

Fredonia High School’s singing troupe, the Madrigal Singers, perform Christmas carols.

The Fredonia Methodist Church also hosted a craft show, alternative market and nativity scene. Gingerbread house making at the Fredonia Grange No. 1, along with Fairy Garden making at Harvest View Greenhouses were part of the day’s activities. And the WCA Home hosted its annual ornament sale.

Fredonia Hardware, Aloe Vera Eatery and other businesses decorated their store-fronts and ran specials for the day. A donation of $500 was presented to the Willow Mission as part of the Festivals Fredonia annual “give-back.” Community members were also encouraged to bring non-perishable items to give to the Fredonia Food Pantry.

OBSERVER Photo by Tonja Dodd: The Beach children of Fredonia and their dog pose with Santa at the Miracle on Main Street festival in Fredonia Saturday. From left, Ella, Ethan, Santa, dog, Lollie, and Lily.