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Owl be home for Christmas: Ridge park a nest of holiday cheer at tree lighting

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‘Tis the reason: Local folks weathered a wet and cold night for the seasonal spectacle.
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A Horticultural holiday: The Owl’s Head Horticulture Group naturally joined to watch the arbor lighting. They’re fans of trees all year round.
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Thumbs up!: Catherine Zhang and Yihan Lee show their approval for the Yuletide event.
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Exceptional voices: Roberta Lopez, center, and the rest of the Guild for Exceptional Children chorus capped off the tree lighting with some sweet tunes.

Ho, ho, hoot!

Ridgites heralded the holidays with a Christmas tree lighting and some exceptional caroling at Owl’s Head Park on Dec. 1. There was a jolly mood in the air at the riverside park on 68th Street, even though rain made for a chilly and wet night, according to one reveler.

“The rain didn’t dampen spirits — people were out there to watch the community light the tree, check out the decorations, and see Santa Claus,” said Paul Cassone, who heads the Guild for Exceptional Children and lead the school’s chorus during the lighting.

Around two dozen chorus members belted out the group’s 15-song repertoire, which included traditional carols such as “Noel” and “Silent Night” and modern tunes such as “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.”

And Santa Claus did, in fact, make it to town — after a slight delay because of air traffic — to the delight of younger attendees, who gave him wish lists and posed for photos with the jolly gift giver.

Folks from the Bay Ridge Manor kept everyone warm with a steady supply of hot cocoa, and the Owl’s Head Horticulture Group handed out cookies.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at dlynch@cnglocal.com.
Updated 12:39 am, December 4, 2015
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