WARREN, NJ - The Nutcrackers and toy soldiers are back! And holiday decorations are appearing throughout the town center as Warren gets ready for the holiday season.
Warren Township Committeemen George Lazo and Mick Marion made it their mission to beef up the holiday decorations in the town and restore some of the old holiday traditions, including the nutcrackers and toy soldiers. The pair reached out to the owners of the four corner plazas, Flag Plaza, Arch Plaza and the Keystone Corner mall, with a “goal to have more of a festive holiday feel,” Marion said at the last meeting of the Township Committee.
See video here: Marion and Lazo video
Warren’s historical sites, the Kirch-Ford-Terrill House, Mount Bethel Meeting House and the Codington Farmstead will be decorated with candles in the windows, garlands on the doors, and simple wreaths in keeping with historical holiday traditions.
In addition to the Nutcrackers and toy soldiers return, look for wreaths and candy cane decorations lining the roads leading to the town center, lights lining some of the buildings and holiday banners on the streetlights.
Warren’s residents remember the wooden soldiers and have been looking for them to return, Lazo said.
Born on Christmas Eve 1931, Frank "Chuck" Vicendese Jr., founder and builder of Warrenville Hardware, Flag Plaza, Arch Plaza, Keystone Corner and the Town Center mall in Warren, died in 2011. Beginning with luminaries, and increasing the size and scope of decorations every year, including an enormous snowman, a rooftop Santa’s sleigh and reindeer, string light Christmas tree, nativity scene, menorah, toy soldiers, and nutcrackers, Vincendese Jr., decorated all of his properties for the holiday season.
And many remember his annual Christmas Eve open house birthday party at the family’s Berkeley Hardware in Berkeley Heights.
Warren’s own Mrs. Claus said, “TOY Soldiers are going up in center of town !!! Just saw guys putting them up !!”
The town will be ready when Santa Claus arrives in Warren on Dec. 8.
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