The Holiday season got off to a busy start in Eatontown this past Sunday with several events including the Borough's annual tree lighting.
The tree which Mayor Gerald Tarantolo referred to as “Nicholas” had been previously decorated by first grade students from the Eatontown's three elementary schools as well as by children from the Boroughs preschool. The decorations were rather unique to say the least in that they had a “green” theme and where made out of food materials that were biodegradable and could be eaten by birds and other wildlife. If you take an up close look at the tree you will see bagels (among other things) hanging from it.
After opening remarks by the Mayor, the crowd was entertained by several songs sung by the Eatontown Choraliers and the Memorial School Choir. Those attending then joined in for a Community Sing-A-Long.
That party was just starting though when right after the tree was lit, a fire truck approached and Santa stepped out to the delight of the children present. Santa led everyone down the block to the Eatontown Community Center where more fun awaited. Refreshments were served in one room while the Eatontown Municipal Band entertained those in the other room with a selection of Christmas and Holiday music. The children also got to visit with Santa and a great time was had by all.
Across the street, the Eatontown Museum held its annual Holiday Open House. A variety of sweets and hot apple cider were provided to the Museum visitors. The museum, which is located at 75 Broad Street, is open from 12-3 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month.