The shop local aspect of ‘Home for the Holidays’ in Warwick attracts an excellent turnout
It couldn’t have been a better day.
Coming on the heels of some unseasonably cold weather, including recent forecasts of freezing rain, the sunny skies and mid-fifty degree temperatures were a welcome surprise for the first day of the annual celebration of Home for the Holidays.
On Sunday, Nov. 23, shopkeepers in downtown Warwick reported an excellent turnout for what the Merchant Guild and participating merchants had long been planning.
And they promise a bigger and better holiday season with a host of new ideas to encourage everyone to come on down, shop local and enjoy fun for the family.
Visitors crowded downtown shops, many of which were decorated for the season and offering “open house” events with free refreshments and special offers.
To get everyone in the holiday spirit, there was music and fun events throughout the downtown area.
The Warwick Valley Chorale strolled along Main Street and Railroad Avenue, stopping at many of the shops and restaurants, singing traditional Christmas carols.
Sean Giery and his team of Percherons, Mabel and The Colonel, were back with their mascot “Butch,” who enjoys riding shotgun. And there were long lines, which moved quickly, as visitors took advantage throughout the day of the free horse and buggy rides traveling through the Village.
The day also offered an opportunity for non-profits.
The traditional Angel Tree, for example, which encourages gifts for the needy, has been displayed on Main Street between Akin’s Drug Store and Newhard’s Gift Shop.
Home for the Holidays, which traditionally begins just before Thanksgiving and ends after Christmas, is an annual celebration designed to present downtown Warwick as a fun and convenient place to do all your holiday shopping.
And the Warwick merchants want everyone to know that they offer convenience, quality merchandise, special sales, friendly personalized service including gift-wrapping and, in most cases a “wish” list to make things easier for gift givers.
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