Grand Opening Celebration Thursday, December 13, 5pm with Performances by John W. Engeman Theater, Stimson Middle School Showstoppers, Visit with Santa
Huntington - The Town of Huntington and The Huntington Cultural Affairs Institute will host the First Annual Winter Wonderland of Lights at Heckscher Park with a grand opening celebration on Thursday, December 13 at 5pm.
“As President of the Huntington Cultural Affairs Institute it warms my heart to carry this year’s Winter Wonderland theme of holiday festivities into December with our first holiday light display inside Heckscher Park, where residents and visitors can visit and take in the beauty of our crown jewel of Town parks, enjoy a special holiday light display throughout the month of December and join in the celebration with holiday music performances on December 13th,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci.
“This First Annual Winter Wonderland is something I am very happy to be part of, it brings the Town of Huntington together to celebrate the holidays and to beautiful Heckscher Park all lit up where residents can visit throughout the season,” said Councilman Ed Smyth, who serves as Vice President of the Huntington Cultural Affairs Institute Board.
The lights will be installed by the end of the first week of December. The celebration on December 13 will include a visit with Santa, live performances by the John W. Engeman Theater and the Stimson Middle School Showstoppers, hot cocoa and food trucks.
The Huntington Cultural Affairs Institute has provided $20,000 in funding for the holiday light display throughout Heckscher Park, appropriating the funds at their October 10 meeting. An additional $17,000 in donations from local sponsors will help complete the display and grand opening celebration: Huntington Mazda, Huntington Nissan, Value Drugs, Siena Women’s Health at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, Huntington Hospital Northwell Health, Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and PSEG Long Island.
The Huntington Cultural Affairs Institute, Inc. is a non-profit educational corporation chartered in NYS, formed by the Town of Huntington in 2002, primarily to secure and manage contributions from non-Town sources in support of cultural programs and services benefiting the residents of the Town. Because it was formed by and is affiliated with the Town, its Board has overlap with Town leadership however the funds are allocated by the Institute are private, not taxpayer-funded.
Attachment: Flyer for Winter Wonderland of Lights at Heckscher Park.