by Margaret Leonard
NORTH STONINGTON - The town of North Stonington, CT celebrated its annual tree lighting ceremony December 8, 2019.
The quiet village came alive as the one-room schoolhouse opened its doors to visitors. Down Main Street, the Wheeler library was hosting an open house. A wonderful child care area was provided by a group of high schoolers that included ornament crafts. Meanwhile, upstairs, the room was bustling with residents excited to have an evening out. Amy Kennedy, the library’s director, said a few words on the transition of Wheeler Library Board Presidents.
Gary Annino, next door neighbor to the library, had barely started as “maintenance man” before he found himself in the president’s seat. They reflected on all they had been through together, including the new roof.
Amy thanked him for his service and looks forward to keeping him on to help with library up-keeping.
As the Wheeler library open house was winding down, the Christmas Carolers on the Village Green we’re singing “oh Christmas tree“ as they waited for First Selectmen, Mike Urgo, to turn the lights on. After numerous songs led by long time resident, Nancy Weissmiller, it was time to call for Santa.
Santa came on his custom sled, built by the North Stonington fire department, and after visiting with all of the little boys and girls made his way back to the firehouse. At this point the community made its way to the congregational church for refreshments and more caroling.
Overall, it was an adorably magical evening in the heart of southeastern Connecticut.