ROXBURY, NJ – Decent weather and a good flow of visitors greeted vendors and other participants at the Home for the Holidays celebration in Succasunna on Saturday.
Although rain was predicted, none came. Instead, sunny skies blessed the event’s early hours. Clouds that rolled in during the afternoon did little to dampen the spirits of those strolling on Main Street.
Roxbury Councilman Richard Zoschak, helping out at the Santa Land attraction inside the Roxbury Public Library, said the line of kids waiting to be photographed was the longest he could recall. Hundreds came to have their photos taken - by Roxbury Councilman Robert DeFillippo - with Santa.
Many of those who ventured into the First Presbyterian Church to hear the new Roxbury Community Jazz Ensemble play holiday music came out expressing amazement at how great it sounded. People out on the street were similarly awed by the skill displayed by singers from the Roxbury High School choir who went up and down the block performing Christmas carols.
The winner of the Home for the Holidays contest for best vendor booth was W. Kodak Jewelers, a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor. Owner Chris Cafaro and his helpers set up a Santa’s Sleigh display and snapped Polaroid photos of kids and adults who sat “in” the sleigh.
Back behind the churches, a steady flow of people climbed aboard a horse-drawn carriage which was giving rides through the cemetery. Farther to the east, a steady flow of people stood in line at food trucks parked next to Succasunna United Methodist Church.
It was a good day to grab handmade gifts from local artisans, hear lots of festive music, meet friends and neighbors and jump into the holiday spirit.
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