Due to the pandemic restrictions, last year’s celebration of the annual Home for the Holidays in downtown Warwick was festive but did not include the traditional horse and buggy rides or members of the Warwick Valley Chorale strolling the streets on opening day.
But that was last year.
This year, on opening day, Sunday, Nov. 21, there were clear blue skies as Sean Giery and his team of Percherons, Billy and Bobby, returned to give free horse and buggy rides through the Village.
They plan to return on weekends in December.
And members of the Warwick Valley Chorale were also back on the streets and in the shops while singing traditional Christmas carols along with a few popular Hanukah songs.
Many of the Warwick merchants decorated their shops while offering 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.
And, despite all the bad news about supply issues, shortages and empty shelves elsewhere, the downtown Warwick merchants are fully stocked.
The popular event, co-chaired by Mary Beth Schlichting and Merchant Guild President Corrine Iurato, traditionally begins before Thanksgiving and ends after Christmas.
It is an annual celebration designed to present downtown Warwick as a fun and convenient place to do all your holiday shopping.
- Roger Gavan