“Walk Rudolph” and “Walk Lucy” were phrases that were heard frequently in Grove Street Plaza on Saturday night. The Darien Toy Box sponsored rides on Rudolph and his friend Lucy Polar to add to the festivities of Holiday Magic in Darien. These wonderful mechanical walking animals are the creation of Cherri and Bob Meyer from Wallingford, CT. “The Meyer’s creations are so popular all year that I had to reserve them for our Saturday Holiday Magic last January” said Bill “They are a wonderful way to share the Christmas spirit, give back to the kids and kick off the holiday shopping season.”
Children and adults queued up from 4 to 7pm to ride the furry friends for hours as the sound of the carols and holiday music gave a merry vibe to the festivities. Little Girl Scouts distributed glow bracelets as fast as chamber volunteers could put them together. It was a real community event with participation from many. The Darien Girl Scouts had a bake sale and handled out hot chocolate from UCBC, Darien Arts Center provided the sound and lighting system, Darien High School Tudor Singers and soloist Joan Carlo provided music. Other volunteers and contributing groups included: Suzanne Griffith of Helen Ainson, Grove Street Plaza, Baywater Properties, Community Fund of Darien, The Melting Pot, Espresso NEAT, Joe Warren from Wild Birds Unlimited, Darien Public Works, Darien Police and the Darien Chamber of Commerce staff and board member volunteers.
John Lundeen, Selectman and Darien Chamber Board member introduced the Star of the Show with the poem, “Twas The Night Before Christmas”. He read,
“So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof” (then we saw Santa jingle his bells and wave from the top window) and the poem continued,
“As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.”
Then there was Santa coming out of the chimney in Grove Street Plaza! There was no soot on his suit, and he was a big favorite of all who are young at heart. Santa held a 12 week old baby, children of all ages, and even parents and grandparents of children who needed coaxing. Santa listened to every child and then asked them to promise that they would be happy with whatever Santa brought them, then Girl Scout elves handed each child a candy cane.
Santa is a busy fellow at this time of year, but if you missed Holiday Magic in Darien, he makes visits to our town at the Darien Sport Shop, The Darien Community Association, Breakfast with Santa and I’m sure even more places in Darien.
The Darien Chamber of Commerce urges area residents to do much of their holiday shopping at small businesses in town. Hometown businesses are the backbone of the community and contribute jobs, taxes and support local non-profits and model what the spirit of entrepreneurship can do. The more people that support this effort, the greater the benefit for our entire community. If you want to “Shop Darien” for your gift giving, but aren’t sure what to buy, the Darien Gift Certificates are a great choice because people can redeem them for so many different things from luxury clothes and spa treatments to gas and groceries. Darien Gift Certificates can be purchased at: Darien Rowayton Bank, Darien Bank and Trust, Fairfield County Bank, People’s United Banks, Webster Bank and the Darien Chamber.
As we enjoy the beauty of our town during this holiday season it is important to note the wonderful lighting and wreath displays that enhance the holiday experience in Darien. This annual project is not magically done by volunteer elves in the middle of the night, but is a concerted effort coordinated by your Chamber of Commerce and funded in partnership with the Chamber, the town and private contributions. Imagine how our town would look without this display and contribute today to help us sustain this project for the future. We cannot continue to provide this service without your support. Please mail a check made out to: Darien Holiday Lighting, 10 Corbin Drive, Darien, CT 06820. See a list of our donators at: www.DarienCTChamber.com
Take advantage of the many opportunities to enjoy the Holidays in Darien and support our hometown businesses.