In some ways, our final event of the year was the most satisfying of all. Maybe it's because Santa was there. Or maybe it was the snow falling on the horse-drawn wagons. Whatever that magic was, our Holiday Ornament Festival was another memorable community celebration on the farm. Here's how it was captured by photographer Pattie Garrett.
On ten tables in the High Tunnel, volunteers made available all of the the materials necessary to make such decorations as pine-cone bird feeders, painted gourds, and ornaments from pine cones, acorns, walnuts, berries, and seed pods. A large heater made the High Tunnel comfortable until the sun came out and took over, brightly illuminating the translucent polyurethane walls.
Just about everyone went for a wagon ride with Mike Fields of the Washington County Draft Animal Association, who this time brought two teams of horses with wagons. Kids and parents alike were glad to connect with the Saratoga Santa, who said he happened to be in the neighborhood and just dropped by. We were delighted also to be joined by Mayor Joanne Yepsen, Mayor Elect Meg Kelly, and Peter Martin, who will begin his first term as Commissioner of Public Safety on January 1.
The event is "almost certain to become a new Pitney Meadows tradition," said Sandy Arnold, Pitney Meadows event chair, who organized the event with Kim Fonda. In addition to the Saratoga Santa and Mike Fields, they acknowledged with thanks the contributions of Mack Brook Farm and Lick Springs Beefalo, which came forward with suet; Battenkill Creamery, which provided hot chocolate, and Balet Flowers and Design, for ornament ornament supplies.
"And, as always, this wouldn't have been possible without our many volunteers, who made the event festive with their donations of time and treats," she said.