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Baldwinsville: In Erin's Eyes

This past weekend I attended Baldwinsville's Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony for the first time with my daughter, Cassie, my friend, Candy, and her son, Douglas.

The event was hosted by the Red Mill Inn and made possible by Celebrate Baldwinsville and numerous other organizations and businesses, namely Baker Real Estate and the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce. When attending an event, I like to stand back and take everything in and there was certainly a lot of activity to take in at this event.

Outside, I especially enjoyed watching visitors head out to the candy cane decorated Paper Mill Island in a horse drawn wagon. The majesty of the horses and the jingling of their reins made it clear that the Christmas spirit was in the air. We stopped to check out the reindeer as children donning matching reindeer antlers gazed at the magical animals. We then headed inside the Red Mill Inn for refreshments.

While inside, visitors were privy to an "open house" of a first floor room in the newly renovated inn. In the large banquet room overlooking the Seneca River, Santa and Mrs. Claus visited with what seemed like hundreds of children as the line started outside the building and wrapped around the inside of the room.

My favorite part of the event (Candy's too) would have to be the magicians making balloon animals and creations. The two magicians together pumped out one to two balloon creations per minute ranging from swords with belt holders and bows and arrows to teddy bears with little hearts and candy canes. It was amazing to see their agility and skills with the balloons and it unquestionably pleased the children.

This special event most certainly will become a Christmas tradition for our family.

Family fun during SU basketball season

My fiance, Brian, did not attend the event as he was preparing for the SU basketball game that we were hosting at our house that evening. Even though we hosted Thanksgiving at our house for 13 family members, it was nice to have family over again. After several weeks of crunch time, Brian and I finally finished remodeling (rebuilding) our family room. Being the typical male, Brian now wants his 42-inch LCD flat screen TV to complete the room. I keep reminding him we have a wedding coming up.

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