Warwick. Warwick Valley Gardeners mark the beginning of the holiday season

| 23 Nov 2020 | 01:17

Like many popular events ushering in the holiday season this year, the traditional lighting ceremony at Railroad Green could have been canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

However, once again members of the Warwick Valley Gardeners decorated Railroad Green and the planter to kick off the holiday season.

And on Friday evening, Nov. 20, a smaller than usual crowd of local residents, wearing masks and practicing social distancing, gathered on the Green to witness the annual lighting event.

The ceremony began with traditional Christmas carols like Jingle Bells and Silent Night sung by four members, also wearing masks and keeping a six foot distance, of the Warwick Valley High School Choir directed by music teacher Noreen Hanson.

This year, the Warwick Valley Gardeners selected “Joy to the World” as the theme for its Winter Project.

Laurie Unick, president of The Gardeners, served as chair of the event. Cathy Garofalo, executive VP and chair of the Railroad Green garden, did the countdown for the lighting.

Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard reminded those present that this is a very special year and a most important time to give some joy to our neighbors

He stated that Warwick is a very special place and that although we can’t share holiday events the way we usually do, everyone who walks by Railroad Green will see that.

He praised the Warwick Gardeners for all they do throughout the year and said, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Established in 1992, the Warwick Valley Gardeners Club is a member the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, Inc. and the National Council of State Garden Clubs.

- Roger Gavan