Stroll the village in its holiday wonder

To the Editor:

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! The Altamont Victorian Holidays is just around the corner. 

This year’s festivities kick off at noon on Dec. 15. Everyone is welcomed to begin the day at the Masonic Hall, where you can pick up a map and schedule of events. While there, you can vote for your favorite tree in the Festival of Trees, bid on a beautiful wreath to adorn your home, or purchase a raffle ticket or two.

From the Masonic Hall, you can either walk — or ride the trolley — to Orsini Park. There you can warm up next to the Boy Scout’s bonfire while snacking on some kettle corn or sipping some local brew.

If you’re coming with little ones, there’s storytelling and kids crafts in the Altamont Free Library and Mac N’Tosh the Clown and face-painting at St. John’s Church.

You can always pick up some unique gifts at over 70 vendors located at the Village Hall Community Room, the American Legion, Hungerford Market, Re-Nue Spa, Severson Insurance, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Boyd Hilton Post.

If you’re coming with a furbaby, they are welcome to march in the Holiday Pet Parade at noon, led by Altamont’s resident piper (and the best piper I know), John Scally.

Just make sure that you stick around for the arrival of The Man himself — Santa Claus will be arriving by train at Orsini Park at 5 p.m.

This is just a sampling of the wonderful events that the Altamont Community Tradition has in store for you. It is just a wonderful day to enjoy the holiday season. To stroll the village in its holiday wonder, gather with friends and neighbors, and truly shine a little joy in this world.  I hope to see you all there!

Bridget Scally


Editor’s note: Bridget Scally is married to Altamont’s resident piper who is also a village trustee.

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