Home for the Holidays launched Sunday, Nov. 20


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  • Photos by Roger Gavan To get everyone in the holiday spirit the Warwick Valley Chorale strolled along Main Street and Railroad Avenue, stopping at many of the shops and restaurants, singing traditional Christmas carols.




  • Style Counsel co-owner Tim Mullally (rear) is all smiles as visitors crowd his shop during the annual celebration of Home for the Holidays.




  • Sean Giery and his team of Percherons, Jack and Bob, were in the village with their mascot þÄúButch,þÄù who enjoys riding shotgun. And visitors bundled up and took advantage throughout the day of the free horse and buggy rides traveling through the Village. Giery also stopped by the South Street parking lot where he demonstrated how he handles his team in tight spaces.



— Although the roads and streets were clear on Sunday, Nov. 20, the first snowstorm of the season may have discouraged some visitors to downtown Warwick for the annual celebration of Home for the Holidays.

But those who came found it just as festive as usual.

The Merchant Guild and participating merchants had long been planning the popular event and they promise a bigger and better holiday season with a host of new ideas to encourage everyone to come on down, shop local and enjoy fun for the family.

Many of the downtown shops were decorated for the season and offering "open house" events with free refreshments and special offers.

To get everyone in the holiday spirit the Warwick Valley Chorale strolled along Main Street and Railroad Avenue, stopping at many of the shops and restaurants, singing traditional Christmas carols.

Sean Giery and his team of Percherons, Jack and Bob, were in the Village again with their mascot "Butch," who enjoys riding shotgun. And visitors bundled up and took advantage throughout the day of the free horse and buggy rides traveling through the Village.

The day also offered an opportunity to support the Ecumenical Council Food Pantry with the traditional Angel Tree on Main Street between Akin's Drug Store and Newhard's Gift Shop, which encourages and provides a way to donate Christmas gifts for the needy.

Home for the Holidays, which traditionally begins just before Thanksgiving and ends after Christmas, is an annual celebration designed to present downtown Warwick as a fun and convenient place to do all your holiday shopping.

And the Warwick merchants want everyone to know that they offer convenience, quality merchandise, special sales, friendly personalized service including gift-wrapping and, in most cases a "wish" list to make things easier for gift givers.

- Roger Gavan



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