Sayville celebrates Miracle on Main Street
SAYVILLE—On Saturday, Nov. 25, Sayville reined in the holiday season with a full day and night of free, family-friendly festivities. The Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce hosted the all-day event, which kicked off with the holiday parade and a Shop Small Winter Wonderland soon afterwards.
The parade began bright and early, with countless residents lining Main Street as fire department personnel, the Sayville High School marching band, and festively clad representatives from the Greater Sayville Food Pantry, Bay Area Friends of the Fine Arts, Rotary Club, Brownie troops 1260 and 184, Roseland School of Dance, United Church Preschool, Sayville Library and Sayville Historical Society all marched through town.
Saturday’s event was obviously a labor of love for Sayville Chamber of Commerce member Eileen Tyznar, who has run the program for the past four years. The 25-year Sayville resident could be seen making her rounds, literally everywhere, throughout the day.
“This is the most heartwarming display of community spirit and holiday cheer,” said Tyznar. “It is the town’s give-back to our community and merchants, allowing the people of Sayville to show their support of our Main Street businesses. In turn, it allows small business owners like myself to show appreciation through offering special discounts, samples, and sponsoring events throughout the day.”
Tyznar’s business, TEACH Consulting Services Inc., which is located on Main Street, sponsored the inflatable gingerbread bounce house. Her company provides advocate and consulting services, parent coaching, and training for families of children with developmental disabilities and unique exceptional needs. Her company also provides tutoring and reading services.
The evening concluded with the 11th annual Miracle on Main Street, with this year’s Christmas tree being donated by Edwards and Company. Located on Greene Avenue, the insurance firm has been based in Sayville since its founding in 1865.
“The Edwards and Company family is pleased to donate our beautiful blue spruce as Sayville’s Christmas tree this year,” said Peter Rogers, president and owner. “The Christmas tree lighting is one of Sayville’s longest-running traditions. As Sayville’s oldest business, Edwards and Company is happy to ensure it continues in 2017.”
Rogers told Saturday night’s crowd he hadn’t been to Sayville’s tree lighting in many years. He recalled seeing about 25 people the last time he attended. “This is Woodstock compared to what I remember,” Rogers said. “It’s wonderful to see this kind of turnout and it’s a great way to kick off the holidays.”
Other activities included a gingerbread house competition, an ice-skating rink, a theatrical production of “A Christmas Carol,” live reindeer and a visit with Santa Claus.
According to police estimates, between 8,000 and 10,000 people attended. Tyznar, who helped clean Main Street until midnight, was thrilled with the event’s results. “It was nice because businesses experienced such a boom,” she said. “Merchants say they saw a bunch of new faces.”
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