The Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 15th annual Miracle on Main this Saturday, Nov. 27, coinciding with Small Business Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.
Last year, due to the pandemic, a “mini” Miracle on Main was held to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions, but this year it is back in full force with some accommodations.
Notably absent will be the gingerbread bounce house, which has raised some concerns for its close proximity, but in its place will be outdoor games and other crafts for young families to participate in and have treasures to take home for the 2021 holiday season.
The holiday parade will start at 10 a.m. with participants throughout the various industries and social clubs in the community.
The emblematic trolley will run up and down Main Street ferrying shoppers to and from designated stops, complete with holiday decorating.
In the Cornucopia parking lot, the ice skating rink will be set up for those looking for a mini Rockefeller Center photo along with face painting, sand art, and amusement rides.
Rounding out the holiday cheer will be live reindeer, ice sculptures, Dickens characters, and a gingerbread house competition.
The tree lighting at Sparrow Park will be held at 6:30 p.m. and the festivities will continue until 9 p.m.
This year’s tree was donated by retired Town of Islip employee Mike Aversano and his family. Wanting a bigger visual of his house, Aversano had planned to cut down the massive tree.
On Nov. 20, the Town of Islip Parks Department put up the tree in Sparrow Park to be decorated by volunteers of the chamber.
The tree search starts one year in advance, right after the current tree is lit. Chamber president Eileen Tyznar personally drives around the town, block by block, looking for a tree that fits the parameters of the Sparrow Park tree, which include: at least 25 feet tall, must be Douglas fir or balsam to hold the ornaments, cannot have a split trunk, little to no brown or rot on the tree, little to no holes or spaces throughout the tree, cannot be too close to a home or wires, must be as local as possible.
Members of the chamber spruce up the tree by drilling holes into it to fill any blank or broken spots, use green spray paint on brown areas, and use bale
wires to lift branches and trim the branches.
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