On Saturday, December 16th, we held our annual “Holiday on the Green” event in downtown New Milford, CT. It was cold, a bit rainy, even icy in some spots. The day was dark and it seemed to match the mood of how we were all feeling given the recent events in Newtown, CT. Some holiday events in the area had been rescheduled, however we decided that it was best to keep ours on track, as long as the weather held out.
About an hour and a half before the event was scheduled, we got a call from Bryan Lynch of Utopia Percherons in Goshen. He was stuck on the road near his home, waiting for the DOT to come and sand the roads. He had made some calls to them, and they where on their way. (Great job guys, thank you) Bryan was determined to get down to New Milford, although now we knew it would be a bit late. Santa was not going to be able to ride into town on the hay wagon, we had to make other arrangements for him. It was a good thing that our organizer of many, many years, Liddy Adams, has a red Jeep. Just perfect for Santa and Mrs. Claus to ride into town in. (You do know the reindeer are out of the question at this time of year, they are resting up for the big night.)
Santa and the Mrs. arrived, we had children waiting and they continued to wait for the hayride. Bryan arrived, got the horses ready and was good to go, only 20 minutes behind schedule. He knew it was important, and I must say, the look on the children’s faces told it all. We were right, we needed to keep on track, despite the bad news all around, for the children. And for the adults! We all had a wonderful time!
I am already looking forward to next years event, and how much more convenient for us that our office will be right on the green then! I can tell you this is one of the things I love about living here in Southern Litchfield County. Such a wonderful sense of community we have here, so many great things to do for all ages!
Before I forget, let me say a big thank you to everyone at Prudential Connecticut Realty in New Milford who have worked so hard on this event for so many years, to Housatonic Valley Insurance in New Milford who have jumped in to co sponsor it with us, to Utopia Percherons who have the most amazing horses ever and are committed to the kids, and to the New Milford Police Department who guide Santa and the hay wagon safely around the green. And of course to Santa and Mrs. Claus who agree to take time out of their very busy schedule to make this a fantastic event!
Take a look at this short video I made of this years Hayride on the Green! Happy Holidays to one and all, may you have a wonderful holiday, whatever you may celebrate, and a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!