Was the Winter Walk Great?
I think so and so did the hundred’s of local residents whom I spoke with that Saturday night in December. The overwhelming feeling that evening was good and the smiling faces proved it. Young and old, families and individuals, civic and township leaders, local business owners and even Mr. & Mrs. Claus had fun in downtown Berkeley Heights.
I manned a booth at Peppertown Park for the Suburban Chamber of Commerce & Smith Chiropractic along with my daughter and Pat Cicala a local banker and fellow SCC board member -- we had a blast. Between handing out 15 gallons of ”Healthy” hot cocoa, 5 gallons of farm fresh warm apple cider, 300 homemade chocolate chip cookies, running one of the evenings many free drawings (ours for $25 Berkeley Heights Gift Certificates) and helping hundreds on and off the horse drawn carriage rides (sponsored by many local businesses), it was a night to remember, as we were told this time and time again.
What most people said was, “it’s nice to see a family activity in Berkeley Heights enjoyed by so many friends and neighbors, it’s free and we hope to come back next year.”
As you know, this first annual Winter Walk was held in conjunction with the annual Holiday Tree Lighting organized by the Berkeley Heights Recreation Department and director Tom Barton, whom always does a great job. The Winter Walk was far from free however, under the leadership of Bobbie Peer from TAPinto and Cheri Pertesis from Anything Floral, a group of downtown Berkeley Heights businesses, our local government including Mayor and Town Council, Police, Volunteer Fire Company, Rescue Squad, Recreation, DPW, GL cheerleaders/elves, and many volunteers, this event was a success.
Bussineses donated sponsorships, making the evening free for all, and for one magical night we all enjoyed being together.
For those who attended, thanks for trusting and giving it a try, for those who missed it, hope to see you in beautiful downtown Berkeley Heights next year, if not sooner. Stay tuned, there is a lot more to come……..