Greetings Hempstead Family!
Have you caught the holiday spirit yet? I know I have and as I travel around the Village I see signs of it everywhere. Homes being decorated with glistening lights and other adornments, stores full of merchandise for the busy crowds out buying gifts and just a general excitement from most folks you encounter.
At Village Hall, we are gearing up for a number of activities that will be taking place as part of our way of recognizing the holiday season.
For starters, our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at Village Hall (99 Nichols Ct.) on Wednesday, December 6 from 4:30-6 p.m. This festive occasion is always a lot of fun for everyone so if you haven’t yet caught the holiday spirit this is a great way to do so. There will be children singing Christmas carols, poetry readings and a special visit from Jolly Ole St. Nick who will arrive by firetruck and pass out treats to enjoy.
On Thursday, December 14, Rabbi Michael Eisenstein of Congregation Beth Israel will lead us in our annual Hanukkah Celebration in front of Village Hall (99 Nichols Ct.) at 4:30 p.m. All residents are welcome to join us as we celebrate the Festival of Lights.
For those looking to brighten the lives of those less fortunate we are currently collecting unwrapped toys for our Annual Toy Drive & Giveaway in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Toys can be dropped off at Village Hall (99 Nichols Ct.) during regular business hours. The toy giveaway will take place on Friday, December 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kennedy Memorial Park (335 Greenwich St.). All recipients must be pre-registered to receive a toy. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, December 20 and must be made in person by visiting Village Hall during regular business hours. Donating a toy is a wonderful way to ensure that children experience the wonder of receiving a gift during the holidays.
Our annual Kwanzaa Celebration will mark our final holiday event of the year on Wednesday, December 27 from 6-8 p.m. at Kennedy Memorial Park (335 Greenwich St.) This year’s event, held in conjunction with Operation Get Ahead, will feature the lighting of the traditional Kinara, ceremonial singing and readings and complimentary refreshments for all who attend.
I, the Board of Trustees and Village of Hempstead staff warmly wishes you happiness, hope and harmony this holiday season!