Never being one to rush into anything, I finally decided to see the Christmas tree lighting in front of the Claremont Train Depot on Friday night for the very first time in 30 years. (Disclaimer: for several years I played recorder in the Village on the night of the Holiday Prominade, but I never went to see the tree lighting.)
The Swingin’ Cats were jazzing it up at the Depot, entertaining many people, including what looked like a Brownie troop who were happy to dance to the tunes.
The tree was supposed to be lit at 6, but it was closer to 6:20 when the lights came on. I found a prime spot to stand, in the 1st Street median, and as I looked to my right, I saw a man with a drone who was ready to take a movie of the event.
By the time that Santa arrived in the police car, I was walking into the village to enjoy the lights in the shop windows. A little Glühwein would have made it tastier….