On Saturday in Fredonia, Christmas cheer was sprinkled here and there all over the town, where families bustled with rosy cheeks and laughter to their holiday-themed destinations during FredoniaFestivals' annual 'Miracle on Main Street.'
At 11:45 a.m., community members gathered together in Barker Common to witness the annual tree-lighting. This year's tree, one of 12 in the county, was adorned with hundreds of scarlet ribbons, each representing the lost. The ribbons were purchased by citizens wishing to honor their loved ones.
Prior to the lighting, SUNY Fredonia's a capella group, Much More Chill entertained the chilly crown with renditions of 'Silent Night' and 'We Wish You a
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Parker Bohn sends a telegram to Santa with the help of one of his elf assistants at the Telecommunications Society of Fredonia.
Merry Christmas.' A prayer was also lead by Bill Leslie, and concluded by a single child's voice, yelling out, "A-men." After the ceremony, hot cocoa was provided by Tim Horton's Gina Kron, and many families followed Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph down to Santa's Workshop in The Grange. There, Fredonians were greeted by Santa's elves, as they made their way over to wait eagerly to meet with the jolly old man. Children were able to take a picture with Santa, as well as make different crafts with the help of SUNY Fredonia Greek students who volunteered their time.
Over at the White Inn, families purchased gingerbread houses to decorate with a variety of sweet treats and take home to eat or display their handiwork. The White Inn also hosted a 'Brunch with Santa' event, and an exhibit of the artwork of Kati Russell, donned 'Angels of Miracles', accompanied by a meet and greet at 2:30 p.m.
Boutiques such as the Angels of Hope Center, Herbs for Life, Lady of the Lake, and TimePieces, which featured a special showcase and demonstration on teas, were open for Christmas shopping, and offered special promotions and refreshments in lieu of the festival. The WCA home was also having a sale on special Christmas ornaments. The First United Methodist Church was also having a holiday craft show in the basement, where local vendors sold their hand-crafted products and art. A silent auction was also held with the help of locally donated gift baskets.
At 44 Temple Street, the Telecommunications Society of Fredonia hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their new location, followed by an evening of opportunities for children to send a telegram to Santa through a real telegraph. Resident Andy Bohn stopped in with his sons Parker and Jeremy to send a few. In his telegram, Jeremy, 10, explained that "I asked for a Wii U," but went on to say, "My favorite part of Christmas is getting together with my cousins who we don't get to see very much." Children who sent telegrams would receive one back from Santa, and the museum was also open for touring.
Other featured events were Children's Craft time at the Winter Farmer's Market, a special story reading by Santa in the morning at Barker Library, a nativity display the Fredonia Presbyterian Church, and a 'Miracles of Healing' expo at the Angels of Hope Center.
The festival will continue this morning at 10 a.m. at Shorewood Country Club, with 'Christmas on the Lake.' Shoppers will be able to purchase hand-crafted holiday gifts from local artisans and vendors, and enjoy a lunch on the lake.