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Somers Celebrates The Holidays At The Elephant Hotel

Laura Chen, 6, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Somers Town House. Photo Credit: Liz Button
Somers High School ninth graders Cassie Panzarino and Lauren Felis collected warm clothing as a volunteer activity with their Girl Scout Troop. Photo Credit: Liz Button
Tara and Jack Duffy attended Sunday's event with children Samantha, 6 months, Luke, 5, and Nicholas, 3. Photo Credit: Liz Button
Meme's Treats in Bedford Hills donated a gingerbread replica of the historic Elephant Hotel. Photo Credit: Liz Button
Rich and Harry Egor provided the entertainment. Photo Credit: Liz Button
Attendees of all ages grooved to holiday tunes. Photo Credit: Liz Button
Gail and Michael Bennett, owners of llama farm Hudson Valley Lllamas in Putnam Valley, brought their charges to the Elephant Hotel's front lawn. Photo Credit: Liz Button
The night's final event was the lighting of the Christmas tree. Photo Credit: Liz Button

SOMERS, N.Y.—The lighting of the town Christmas tree, cheery holiday music, free hot cocoa and a photo op with Santa Claus were some of the attractions at the Town of Somers annual holiday celebration Sunday.

The event, at the Somers Town House, was sponsored by the Somers Historical Society , the Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce and the Girl Scouts. It kicked off with two unique exhibits: "A Lionel Christmas," featuring guest curator Joe Schiavone’s collection of antique Lionel trains, and the town’s 10th annual Gingerbread House display.

Meme’s Treats Bakery of Bedford Hills presented a replica of the historic Elephant Hotel. Somers resident Dawn White, Meme’s owner and baker and Meme’s pastry chef Kelly Strawbridge created the structure with candy donated by Noka Joe's in Katonah.

Outside on the lawn, members of Girl Scout Troop 2765 Cassie Panzarino and Lauren Felis collected donations of gloves, hats and scarves for Westchester's Christmas Dinner.

"It's so the less fortunate don’t have to have a holiday without any food or gifts,” said Panzarino, a Somers High School ninth grader. This is the first year their troop has volunteered, she said.

Attendees at Sunday’s event were also encouraged to bring toy donations for the less fortunate to Saint Luke’s Church and the Somers Historical Museum.

Gail and Michael Bennett, owners of Hudson Valley Llamas in Putnam Valley, brought several of their farm’s docile llamas for children to pet. The Bennetts have rescued 13 llamas, which Gail said means she and her husband deal with “13 different personalities” every day.

“They’re very good with kids,” she said, as groups of curious children reached out to touch.

The Elephant Hotel, built circa 1825, was decorated for the holidays by the Somers Historical Society, under the guidance of Margaret Timone. The museum, which collects material related to local history and the early 19th century American circus, opened its doors for an open house Sunday.


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