Towns holds carol sing, parade, bonfire
By Judy Henderson - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Sun., Dec. 18, 2011
Despite being outside on one of the first genuinely cold nights of the year, those gathered on Dec. 10 for Windsor’s Carol Sing and Torchlight Parade - sponsored by First Town Downtown, Windsor Federal Savings and the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department - managed to generate considerable warmth by singing Christmas carols, applauding a procession of brightly-decorated fire trucks, and enjoying refreshments at the bonfire by the pond.
Leading the Carol Sing was vocalist Karen Resch, known for her performances with The Valley Swing Shift Orchestra and several gospel groups locally. By her side were some equally well-known characters, including Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
As the caroling concluded, families moved across the green to Broad Street for the Torchlight Parade, which was led by the Windsor Fife & Drum Corps and featured engines from the Windsor, Wilson, Poquonock and Hayden Station volunteer fire companies, as well as engines from the South Windsor, Simsbury and Bloomfield fire departments - all trimmed with lights, trees, and more than a few brilliantly bedecked firefighters. An impressive float from Four Seasons Landscaping carried Santa and his reindeer in grand style. Also marching were the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department Explorers, a group from the Windsor Elks Club, and the Windsor Boy Scouts. When the last shimmering truck rounded the corner to the pond, everyone followed for hot chocolate, freshly-baked treats and a giant bonfire.
According to Greg Roberts, a member of the South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, “A lot of town fire departments come together and do this to celebrate the holidays. We like to give back to our own communities, as well as to our neighboring communities. We especially like to see the faces of the children. And it helps us to keep in touch with each other and to foster goodwill and camaraderie among the different fire services.”
Ashley Williams-Dufresne, event coordinator for First Town Downtown, said that she was very pleased with the turnout. “Our Torchlight Parade has always been very well attended,” she said, “and ever since we combined the Carol Sing with the parade, there have been more and more people. It’s a great way to put everyone in the holiday spirit.”