Many thanks are due to all the hardworking volunteers for making our Fourth Annual “Bright Night” Tree Lighting Celebration an overwhelming success! We know first-hand how much time and effort you put in to create such a wonderful evening for our community; judging by the number of residents who attend, and the smiles on everyone’s faces, our efforts were very much appreciated. Together, we have created an event that Foster’s residents look forward to with anticipation. Bright Night is special in that it captures the unique atmosphere of our town by providing an “Old Time Country Christmas” experience.
There is so much that takes place both behind the scenes and during the evening. While we each are aware of our own contribution, Recreation feels it is important to recognize each community group for their part in creating such a wonderful holiday celebration (we apologize in advance if we missed anything):
Town Council President Denise L. DiFranco welcomed the community to the event and counted down to the lighting of the tree. Mark DiFranco put up the Giving Tree. The Town Hall ladies decorated the Town Hall and provided Santa’s mailbox in the lobby for children to send letters to the North Pole.
The Foster Preservation Society decorated the Town House and served hot chocolate, hot cider, and cider donuts. Santa arrived all aglow in a brightly decorated Foster Center fire truck, and together South Foster, Foster Center, and the Moosup Valley fire stations served hot chocolate from festively decorated trucks! (Moosup Valley also handed out candy canes). The Foster Ambulance volunteers dressed as elves (including a very cute mascot) and handed out candy canes from an ambulance decorated with lights. The Libraries hosted holiday craft stations for the children. Borders Farm provided a craft project and a decorated antique tractor.
For the third year in a row, the Ponaganset STEM Academy designed and provided the Bright Night ornaments. Foster Police did a fantastic job coordinating the event with Recreation, the Fire Stations, and DPW. Setting the stage, DJ Phil Colasante entertained friends and neighbors with holiday music as they arrived.
A very special thank you to the Department of Public Works for their time and efforts with preparing the grounds and tremendous flexibility, working with the Recreation Committee right up to the start of the event! Malec Tree Service put lights on the tree in record time! Last but not least, Recreation decorated the town grounds, provided popcorn, jingle bell necklaces and a station to make reindeer food.
Families visited and mingled as they viewed the lighted fire trucks and ambulances, took part in the festivities and waited to meet Santa in the Town House. All told, an amazing holiday celebration came together seamlessly!
Once again, the Foster Recreation Committee wants to issue a heartfelt thanks to all who were involved and looks forward to many more events in the future.
Tammy Steinkamp, Recreation Director
and the Foster Recreation Committee