Tree lighting ceremony illuminates the area

December 13, 2013 by  

The evening of December 6 saw plenty of rain, but that did not keep nearly 250 people from attending the tree lighting ceremony in Manhasset, near Williston Park.

The ceremony has become an annual event that brings together residents and community leaders. Judi Bosworth, the supervisor-elect for North Hempstead, was in attendance, while John Riordan, who is acting as interim supervisor, led the festivities. Riordan told that crowd:

“I am honored for the opportunity to join with you and your family and friends to celebrate this magical season.”

The ceremony included a recitation of the pledge of allegiance by members of the Manhasset American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Brass Choir from Manhasset High School performed traditional Christmas songs, led by Randy Knudsen. Those who attended the ceremony enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies. To promote the event in years to come, the town could use printing companies to create fliers and postcards.

The newly lit tree was not the only thing on display during the ceremony though; kindergarten through sixth grade students proudly displayed the posters they had made to celebrate the holiday. During the ceremony, the chair of the holiday poster contest, Nancy Morris, gave out award to 21 winners. Three winners were named from each grade.

Williston Park and Manhasset residents can vote for the grand prize winner online up until December 30. To vote, people can visit the website of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce. The grand prize winner will be announced in January.