On December 5th, 2019, a community came together in the heart of our town to celebrate. Christmas in the Village was a great success thanks to a wide variety of people and businesses in this community. With so many features, this event requires more creativity, collaboration and volunteer power than other events put on by the Millbrook Business Improvement Area.
Some of the lead contributors this year were Marjorie McDonald and Nexicom staff who hosted the opportunity to have a photo with Santa. Marjorie took more than 100 images during the three hour event, which raised a record $789 for Millbrook Food Share.
A new feature this year was our Winter Wonderland Tree Garden, sponsored by eight businesses that provided the decorated trees. This initiative raised $198 for Millbrook Cavan Historical Society, and also added to the ambiance of the evening with lights and sparkle. Thanks also to the Tinney family who shared their front garden for this display for the evening.
The beloved Decorating Committee outdid themselves this year, adorning the planters and baskets in the village with style and lights, and provided the beautifully-adorned tree outside the Legion. Bonnie and Ian McQuarrie came out of retirement to do the honours of lighting the tree and were welcomed back with open arms.
The healthy dose of snow on the ground brought some holiday spirit and a layer of seasonal beauty to the downtown, but also raised some accessibility and safety challenges. These were quickly and carefully addressed by Cavan Monaghan Township Public Works Department whose staff removed large snow banks without hesitation, ensuring visitors could travel easily to take in all of the festivities.
Significant events like this would not be possible without the ongoing partnership with John McFarlane and his team of Community Police. This group works in all weather to clear the roads of vehicles and keep things running smoothly and safely. Their dedication, expertise and input is invaluable, and they often fly under the radar without the recognition they deserve.
Finally, the event was made possible by a committee of keen and enthusiastic volunteers, including Madelaine Perrotto, Charlotte Clements, Louise Kennedy, Nancy Fallis, Deanna Bell and Brigid Ayotte. This is an inspired and dedicated group that makes pulling something like Christmas in the Village together an adventure. I am fortunate to call you my neighbours and friends, and spoiled to have you on this committee and look forward to planning more lights, excitement and festivities with you in 2020.
By Kate Deklerk, BIA Treasurer and CITV Committee Chair