This year brought a big change from last year at the annual tree lighting in Florida on the Presbyterian Church lawn. Last year, because of COVID restrictions, attendance was sparse. This year people celebrated the season in a jolly way.
The tree lighting included the first annual holiday bazaar, under shining sun. The event brought a crowd to hear the caroling Meistersingers from Warwick. Among the listeners were Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church choir members and children on a carpet listening to Miss Eileen read Black Dirt story tellers’ Christmas tales.
Others strolled among local vendors to buy ornaments, soaps, wreaths, jewelry or have their faces painted. The Florida Lions Club wandered through the crowds handing out treats to children, along with well wishes for the season.
Much hot chocolate from Barrel 28 and Florida Fire was consumed along with fresh oranges and candy canes.
Sirens blared when, compliments of the Florida Fire Dept., Santa and Elmo arrived. Loud too was the countdown to light the tree. Mayor Daniel Harter Jr. was master of ceremonies.
Thanks to everyone in our community, including Village of Florida, Florida Fire Department and the Florida Chamber of Commerce for hosting the first annual tree lighting and holiday bazaar .