NEWPORT - Newport was alive and hopping for the Magic on Main event, which began with a tree lighting ceremony and the hand bell-ringers performance at the Goodrich Memorial Library. The performance was followed by candy canes, cookies and other goodies in the library.
Santa's Workshop was open in the former Landing Clothing store building, now owned by Tony Pomerleau, where Santa Claus took his famous seat and listened as children told him what they wanted for Christmas.
"We appreciate Mr. Tony Pomerleau's gift of letting us use his store on Main Street for Santa's Workshop, bringing true Magic on Main Street," said Patricia Sears, Newport City Renaissance Corporation's Executive Director.
There were horse drawn wagon rides that circled several blocks many times, even as the sun set and the temperatures dropped.
Children and adults alike were smiling everywhere. And guests were delighted by Santa’s arrival on a Newport City fire truck.
"Partnership with Mr. Pomerleau, Newport City Recreation Department's staff and Recreation Committee volunteers, Main Streets merchants, VT North Country Chamber of Commerce, Community National Bank's volunteers, Goodrich Memorial Library and Newport City Renaissance Corporation's Promotion Committee volunteers and marketing coordinator made the Magic on Main come alive," stated Sears.
"The best part of Magic on Main were the children's smiles and seeing Woodknot Bookshop & Turner's Cafe chock-full of shopper's and cafe customers enjoying music and each other," she said.