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Roxbury's 'Home for the Holidays' Gets Season Going

Roxbury's new public library director, Radwa Ali, getting silly at Home for the Holidays
Sarge, the remote controlled Roxbury Police Dog, enthralled both kids and real canines at Home for the Holidays
Santa strolls Main Street at Home for the Holidays in Roxbury
Roxbury High School Choir performed all day long at Home for the Holidays
Stockton Carriage tours were a highlight at Roxbury's Home for the Holidays Credits: Michele O'Halloran
Wick-Hegarty School of Irish Dance entertained at Home for the Holidays in Roxbury Credits: Michele O'Halloran
Credits: Michele O'Halloran
Anna and Olaf, from Frozen, at Home for the Holidays Credits: Michele O'Halloran

ROXBURY, NJ - Blessed with clear skies, relatively mild temperatures and lots of visitors, Saturday's annual Home for the Holidays festival on Main Street in Succasunna "was a fun-filled start to the holiday season," said Michele O'Halloran, one of its organizers.

"H4H was great!," O'Halloran commented. "The weather was on our side – sunny and hitting 50 degrees with no wind. Attendance was strong as there were so many activities to enjoy both inside and out."

She said the Santa Land event in the Roxbury Public Library "was a big draw as almost 150 family members posed with Santa for a holiday photo and to raise money for Roxbury Social Services." The street festival also featured puppet shows, scavenger hunts, a Home Depot woodcraft booth and other attractions.

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The Roxbury High School Band and Choir members performed all day, all over," O'Halloran noted. "In the gazebo, caroling through the street and serenading the people on line for the carriage ride." She also praised the Roxbury Boy Scout Band which "played jazzy holiday songs to an appreciative crowd inside the Presbyterian Church" and the Wick-Hegarty School of Irish Dance, which "brought a troop of talented dancers that jigged in the street with the crowd clapping along."

There were 55 vendors and crafters at this year's Home for the Holidays and some said they did well, particularly those selling holiday and gift items including ornaments, jewelry, bath bombs and bow ties.

"The day wrapped up with Mary from Stockton Carriage tours taking the last group of people on a final ride behind the churches with antique bells jingling on the necks of her lovely black Percheron Mares, Lori and Sheila," O'Halloran noted.

 

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