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Christmas cheer takes over Main Street

by Courtney Deeren - Copy Editor
Tue, Dec 4th 2018 11:00 am

The Parade of Lights lit up Main Street in the village of Brockport on Sunday, Dec. 2. Fire trucks from both Brockport and Hamlin, as well as police cars from the village and many local businesses adorned their vehicles in Christmas decorations to make their way up town. Kids and adults alike lined the streets to watch and collect candy. The parade even included a horse drawn carriage and the Brockport high school marching band. The final vehicle in the parade was a tractor decorated like Rudolph, carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus. “Rudolph” stopped in front of the Brockport Diner and Santa and Mrs. Claus made their way over to light the tree in Sagawa Park. Once the tree was lit, a fireworks display was set off over Main Street. 

One family in attendance, the Hennard family, has been going to the parade for the past three years. 

“We always make sure to stand in front of the tree, so the kids can see Santa as he walks by,” Janelle Hennard said.

 One year, Gavin, the oldest son, even got a high five from Santa. When the fireworks started flashing overhead, Gavin’s younger brother Noah asked, “is it the fourth of July?” 

While the parade was the main event of the weekend for many families, there were several other events going on throughout the weekend to bring the Brockport community together. 

One of these events was the sale at the Morgan Manning house on Main street. Alicia Fink, a 20-year volunteer at the house said the event brings a lot of people out. 

“This house is so beautiful that people love to come,” Fink said. “We always give tours, but people don’t think about that, when they come to see the house.” 

Of course, Fink reminds everyone that the house doesn’t always look like a “high end boutique.” According to Fink, this market has been happening for a long time and gets the local artisans together to sell their products and get their names out there. 

Some of Fink’s favorite vendors include a former student of hers who sells little glass animals and a woman who sells hand painted, silk scarves. 

Another event that happened on Main Street this past weekend and lasting until Sunday, Dec. 9, is the Holiday Passport. Jim Drake of Unique Gift Boutique wrote in an email that the passport was “separate from the parade,” but both were “part of the holiday open house.” 

The Holiday Passport is a way to get locals to shop small through the holiday season. Local businesses have come together and created gift baskets to be raffled off after December 9. Each store visited between November 30 and December 9 will add a stamp to passports. Those who turn in the completed passports to Lightways will have a chance to win one or all of the gift baskets. 

On top of the possibility of winning the gift baskets, many  businesses are also running special discounts to patrons during this time. The businesses include scheduled haircuts at High Maintenance, Agent Mobile offering free phone clean-up and optimization, Lightways with 20 percent off jewelry and mini Reiki sessions, Game Players, with buy one get one free Blu Ray’s and DVD’s, Lagom with 20 percent off all candles, Unique Gift Boutique with 20 percent off one item, half-off classes to new customers of Beyond Yoga and several salons offering 20 percent off haircuts and more.