Christmas bliss — volunteers light up Owls Head Park tree • Brooklyn Paper

Christmas bliss — volunteers light up Owls Head Park tree

Pure bliss: Seven-year-old Isabella Morales drinks hot cocoa at the Dec. 3 tree lighting in Owls Head Park.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

It might not look like a winter wonderland yet, but Owls Head Park sure got a lot more festive on Dec. 3!

The Owls Head Park Horticulture Group — a branch of the Shore Road Park Conservancy, which maintains community gardens in the green space — decked the evergreen in front of the field house with electric lights and handmade ornaments from the Guild for Exceptional Children.

“We try to make the park a nice place that people want to be a part of,” said the Horticulture Group’s area manager David Matthews, who oversaw the event with the organization’s president Javier Acevedo — and had a number of people volunteer to get involved the night of the lighting.

The evening featured a tent with hot chocolate, hot cider, and donated cookies and candy; a DJ spinning classic Christmas carols; and a visit from Jolly Old Saint Nick — although five-year-old Olga Karanchenko wasn’t so sure he was the real deal. A quick tug of the beard set everything right, we’re told.

The best part of the night, according to Matthews, was the caroling by the Guild’s chorus.

“Their singing was really the icing on the cake,” said Matthews, who said the Guild members begged for the chance to perform after he approached them about making the decorations.

To volunteer with the Owls Head Horticulture Group, e-mail owlsheadvolunteer@earthlink.net.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at wbredderman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/WillBredderman

Is he real?: Five-year-old Olga Karachenko of Bay Ridge tugs the beard of a magical visitor at the Owls Head Park Christmas tree lighting.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

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