ROXBURY, NJ - The gazebo in front of the Roxbury Public Library, relocated closer to Main Street back in August, will be the centerpiece of this year's annual Home for the Holidays celebration in Succasunna. With that in mind, library people today decorated the structure with garland and holiday lights.
Home for the Holidays will take place Saturday (Dec. 2) starting at 11 a.m. with opening remarks by Roxbury Mayor Mark Crowley. It will continue until about 4 p.m. and feature lots of free holiday activities, music, food and vendors.
The decorations for the gazebo were purchased "with the help of donation from the ever-supportive-to Roxbury Home Depot of Succasunna," said Michele O'Halloran, assistant to Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd and one of the people helping organize Home for the Holidays.
Helping string the decorations today was Radwa Ali, the newly appointed director of the Roxbury Public Library. The public will have a chance to welcome Ali at Home for the Holidays. She will be in the gazebo for a "meet and greet" session from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The structure will also be used for holiday song singing by kids from Morris County EduCare, at 2:30 p.m., and for a performance by the Roxbury High School Brass Quartet, at 3:15 p.m.
Other music on schedule includes the Roxbury Boy Scout Brass Ensemble, scheduled for noon inside the First Presbyterian Church, a bell choir at 1 p.m., also inside the Presbyterian Church and Irish dancers in front of the gazebo at 2 p.m.
Inside the library, visitors to Home for the Holidays will find, at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., holiday reading events for children. Santa Land - including photos with Santa - will take place in the library at 1 p.m. At the same time, there will be holiday cookie decorating taking place in the library's large conference room.
The Succasunna United Methodist Church will also be the site of some Home for the Holidays activities. From 11 a.m. to noon, inside the church's fellowship hall, visitors will find a "Christmas Cheer" event that will include children's crafts, activities and pictures with Santa.
A puppet show will take place in the church at 12:30 p.m. and a "Reindeer Scavenger Hunt" will take place in the church at 11 a.m., the same time a "thrift shop" inside the church will open and a "touch-a-fire truck" opportunity will take place in the parking lot.
Stockton Carriage Rides will take place throughout the day, leaving from the Presbyterian Church parking lot. There will be a bake sale and an "International Holiday Gift Sale" throughout the day inside the Presbyterian Church's fellowship hall.
At the Village Antiques shop on Main Street, Home for the Holidays visitors will get a chance to see demonstrations by blacksmith Dennis Cassidy from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To learn more about Home for the Holidays, check out the event's Facebook Page. The event is sponsored by Roxbury’s Main Street Streetscaping Committee along with members of the Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce and the Roxbury Rotary Club.
Home for the Holidays will take place rain, snow or shine. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the high 40s.
Parking will be available at both the Franklin School on Meeker Street and at St. Therese Church on Main Street, with shuttle van service to the event. Handicapped parking is available behind the library.