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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Santa Claus Comes To Roosevelt Island Last Night For Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony - A Wonderful Time, Here's What Happened

The Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting Ceremony

 Roosevelt Island 2012 Christmas/Holiday Tree Lit Last Night

took place at Blackwell Plaza last night under less than ideal weather conditions. Fortunately, the rain did not stop anyone from having a good time - particularly when Santa Claus was spotted on a nearby roof just before making his way to greet Roosevelt Island children.

Here comes Santa Claus and the Tree Lighting.

The hosts for the Tree Lighting Ceremony were Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Community Relations Specialist  Erika Spencer-El  and Roosevelt Island Seniors Association President Delores Green who welcomed everybody and provided introductions for the speakers and entertainers including Acting RIOC President Donald Lewis, Roosevelt Island Residents Association President (RIRA) Ellen Polivy, and Owen Johnston of the Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance (MST&DA). Members of the MST&DA adult and children's programs performed songs for the crowd

followed by kids from the Roosevelt Island Youth Program (RIYP) singing favorite Christmas songs including Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.

It was a very nice time.

Kudos to RIOC and all the performers.


westviewgirl said...

I wish that someone or a group of people that could do a really good job of decorating the tree would start doing it. The Blackwell House and the Tree deserve to look better I think. The guys that work at RIOC just throw the lights on there in a hurry and do not take their time to make it as beautiful as it could be...lights are not expensive, and that part of the island should be really nice this time of year and it looks like a rushed job, and I would rather see nothing at all than that. Maybe hire a staff that decorates with outside lights and make it a show peice! It looks embarassing. People from all over the world come here and this is our image of Christmas we want them to take home or for the city to see? We can do a lot better than this people!

Westviewer said...

The tree has suffered some storm damage in the past couple of years and has lost some of its symmetry, but the lights are strung better than year tan last year, which was truly awful.

westviewgirl said...

This lights at Blackwell house are done very poor and proper time should be taken to ensure it looks more festive and cared about. I am ashamed of it. Looks like some drunk people did it, you really should be ashamed RIOC, really? You think that looks good to everyone? God~

YetAnotherRIer said...

Would you like to volunteer and make it prettier? Do you know somebody you could ask to do that for the RIOC, possibly for almost free?

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