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Residents flock to the 34th annual Christmas Walk

Residents stroll Albany Street after the Village Tree, a 70-foot-tall Norway Spruce, was illumniated by Mayor Wheeler and Santa Claus during the 34th Annual Christmas Walk, Dec. 2.

Residents stroll Albany Street after the Village Tree, a 70-foot-tall Norway Spruce, was illumniated by Mayor Wheeler and Santa Claus during the 34th Annual Christmas Walk, Dec. 2. Photo by Pierce Smith.

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Allison, Madelyn and Daniel Raymond visit with Santa Claus at the Hunt Realty office during the 34th Annual Cazenovia Christmas Walk, Dec. 2.

— The streets were filled with holiday music, as members of the Cazenovia Community Band played for onlookers and familiar tunes rang out from storefronts. A woodwind trio of Cazenovia High School band students, under the guidance of director Kevin Johnson, entertained patrons of Common Grounds and Dave’s Diner following the tree lighting.

Over at the Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall, more than 25 community vendors, college students and staff set up their wares for display and purchase as part of the school’s second annual Craft Fair from 5 to 8 p.m. Residents were able to find bargain deals on handmade items, art and special gifts for the upcoming holiday season. After last year’s inaugural sale, those who set up tables were eager to have another chance at selling their goods.

Gallery director Jen Pepper said turning the craft fair into an annual event was an easy decision, and looks forward to next year.

With the 34-year-old tradition growing stronger each year, the 35th annual Christmas Walk and Village Tree Lighting promises to be another remarkable event next December.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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