Frosty Day in Armonk

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The homecoming of America’s favorite snowman, Frosty, will be celebrated again this year with “Frosty Day” by his hometown of Armonk, New York on Saturday, December 8.  Activities and fun-filled family events will start at 2:00 p.m. in town; they include a Main Street scavenger hunt, Frosty cartoons at the North Castle Public Library, and the Smith’s Tavern Open House.  The highlight of Frosty Day will be a parade starting at 4:30 p.m. that will begin at Armonk Town Center, go down Main Street, then onto Bedford Avenue and past the “Village Square” mentioned in the song.  More than 30 local groups and organizations will participate with floats, lights, dancing, costumes and music to welcome Frosty home.   Frosty then invites everyone to become part of the parade.

The parade will culminate at Wampus Brook Park for a gala holiday lighting ceremony.  Since December 8th is the first night of Hanukkah, this year’s ceremony will feature the lighting of the first candle on the menorah at sundown.  After the holiday lighting, activities will continue with the annual Winter Walk and Main Street Open House; restaurants, merchants and businesses will welcome in the holidays.

Friends of Frosty, Inc., a non-profit group formed to oversee the day’s activities and events, will this year initiate a Winter Warmth project, “Help Frosty Help Others.” It will collect clean and gently used winter clothing, such as hats, gloves, scarves, mittens, parkas and coats, for those in need, at several locations around town.  Donations are being sought for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

During this time of the December holidays, where several religions are symbolized in civic and educational settings, Frosty the Snowman remains a symbol of the fun and excitement of the winter holiday season.  Ed Woodyard, a long-time organizer of the town-wide holiday event, remarked,  “Frosty reminds people of the magic to be found during this time of year, for young and old alike.”  Located in the Town of North Castle, Armonk’s Historic District is the “Village Square” mentioned in the song’s lyrics where Frosty dared the children to “catch me if you can.”  The lyricist of the winter holiday classic, Steve Nelson, was a frequent visitor to Armonk after World War II from his home in nearby White Plains, NY.

Please visit the Friends of Frosty Web site at www.ArmonkFrosty.com.