The Babylon Beautification Society has a big weekend planned for the village Dec. 11-12.
Earlier this month, the society announced intentions to host a 50th anniversary celebration and a Christmas market on the same day. Due to a windy forecast that could topple vendors’ tents, the events will take place on separate days this weekend.
Saturday at noon, the society is inviting the community to the Babylon Village Gazebo to celebrate its five decades of fundraising and community involvement.
Several elected officials, including Village of Babylon Mayor Mary E. Adams, Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Suffolk County Legislator Kevin J. McCaffrey, New York State Senator Phil Boyle and New York State Assembly Member Michael Durso are expected to attend and issue proclamations to the Babylon Beautification Society, president Frank Petruzzo said.
The ceremony will recognize past presidents of the society as well.
On Sunday, the holiday magic begins with the society’s first ever Christmas market.
Petruzzo said the event is modeled after the group’s annual craft fair held at Argyle Lake.
“We just thought it would nice if we could do something around Christmas but on a smaller scale with a little bit of a theme of a European Christmas market,” Petruzzo said.
The Christmas market will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. around the Village Gazebo.
The outdoor market will have around 50 craft vendors. Snacks and hot chocolate will also be for sale.
Make sure to bring the kiddos, says Petruzzo, because Santa Claus will be taking photos at the gazebo. (You must bring your own camera to take picture with Jolly Old Saint Nick.)
Tens of thousands of people visit the society’s annual craft fair each year, Petruzzo said. Since the event is new, he is not sure how many people will attend, but is optimistic.
“I’d say we’ll get a couple thousand coming in, hopefully.”
For more information on the two events, click here.