A visit from the Clauses, music and a Parade of Lights
LAKEVILLE — A large crowd of merrymakers of all ages gathered at the Lakeville Hose Company’s new firehouse Sunday, Dec. 4, to greet Santa, Mrs. Claus and a bevy of elves. The area’s youngsters had conversations with the Jolly Old Elf, gathering their courage to plead their cases as having been good enough this past year to receive their hearts’ desires. After visiting with Santa, families had homemade cookies, hot chocolate and other refreshments in the open garage of the firehouse. They then joined the Salisbury Band Christmas Brass and Hot Chocolate Society and Lakeville’s Joanna Seaton and Donald Sosin to sing Christmas carols, holding candles and reading words from song sheets provided by the band. Children lined up along the stone wall adjacent to the firehouse, their candles flickering in the chilly early evening breeze as they sang along. Next came the lighting of the tree outside the firehouse. Following the caroling and tree lighting, a colorful and brilliant Parade of Lights made its way from Lakeville to Salisbury on Route 44. There were decorated vehicles of all kinds, from firetrucks to motorcycles to jeeps, lighting the route to the delight of all, but especially the children. The event was cosponsored by the Lakeville Hose Company, its auxiliary and the Tri-State Chamber.