Santa arrives, the tree lights up, and all is well in Milford

Community celebration gets the holidays off to a splendid start

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  • Volunteers serve cookies and hot drinks at the stand during the tree-lighting ceremony (Photo by Anya Tikka)

  • Mason and Logan Wisniewski with mom Shannon (Photo by Anya Tikka)

  • The tree! (Photo by Anya Tikka)

  • Milford Boro Mayor Sean Strub went around with a cookie tray and chatted with residents (Photo by Anya Tikka)

  • At least 200 people came to the annual Milford tree lighting on Community House grounds (Photo by Anya Tikka)

  • Santa’s assistant, Victoria Patti, was also GDS Fair Queen, all the way from Newfoundland (Photo by Anya Tikka)

  • Lynne, 4, and Jessica, 2, came with mom Jodi Kresse to get into the holiday spirit (Photo by Anya Tikka)

  • At least 200 people came to the annual Milford tree lighting on Community House grounds (Photo by Anya Tikka)

  • Santa’s firetruck was escorted by festive bikes (Photo by Anya Tikka)

  • Star decorations hanging from one of the trees on Community House property (Photo by Anya Tikka)

  • Santa gave candies and heard Christmas wishes (Photo by Anya Tikka)

By Anya Tikka

— The annual Milford tree lighting had all the essential elements needed to get the season off to a festive start: Santa and a helper distributing candies, a chorus singing carols, cookies galore, and hot chocolate to chase away the chill.

More than 200 people gathered last Saturday night well in advance of the countdown, at 5:15, when the tree was set alight amid the deepening darkness. Santa arrived in a fire truck with a festive bike escort.

Milford Mayor Sean Strub spread good cheer, passing around trays of cookies.

Milford Presents Amy Eisenburg of Milford Craft Show and Adriane Wendell of the Harrington House organized the event with help from Katrina Foster and Caity Vill of Lacquer Nail Bar, who thanked the community for a successful event.

Among those mentioned were:

The Dingman Delaware Middle School Children’s Choir under the direction of Mr. Brian Krauss

The Milford Community House for hosting the tree lighting

Milford Fire Department and Engine

ABATE Pike County Chapter 41

The businesses of Milford and area volunteers for baking and serving refreshments, including Silverstar Jewelry, Key Foods, Harrington House, Ambience, Fretta's,The Craft Show and The Patisserie.

Among the volunteers were "Sonia and her two daughters," Claudia and David Copus, and Liz Steen and Jerry Weinstock.

A special thank you was reserved for the Milford Lions Club, whose members have taken care of the lights on Milford's trees for the past 60 years.

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