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How to light up your community during the winter

October 21, 2010

[FERNDALE] – Is your community ready for the holiday season?  What does the successful Village of Warwick do to celebrate the holidays?  What happens in other Sullivan County communities?  Sullivan Renaissance is holding a “Decorating for the Holidays” seminar on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVI Building in Ferndale. 

Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard – one of Sullivan Renaissance’s flower judges this year – will talk about how merchants and community organizations partner with the village to bring color and light into the winter season – along with residents and visitors to the Main Street.  Newhard is a life-long resident, artist and partner of a successful Main Street retail store.  He is an advocate of community revitalization, historic preservation, farmland and environmental protection.  The village was the national winner of America in Bloom in 2003 and has been entered into this year’s international competition, Communities in Bloom. 

Joining him on the panel to discuss holiday activities in other communities will be: Lou Monteleone from the Corner Store in Eldred, Lyman Holmes from Canal Towne Emporium in Wurtsboro, and Herb Clark from the Sullivan County Visitor Association.  Sullivan Renaissance horticulturalist Vivian Multari-Ginsberg will talk about holiday decorating, natural green decorations, winter plants, planter boxes, and more.

Everyone is welcome to attend and invited to bring additional ideas from their community.  Those interested in learning more about Sullivan Renaissance are also invited.  Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP by November 2.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  For more information, visit or call 845-295-2445.