2016-12-07 / Features

CALDC’s Joyous Tree Lighting


Children admiring the glowing Christmas Tree. Children admiring the glowing Christmas Tree. The Central Astoria LDC’s “4th Annual Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Celebration,” held Saturday, December 3rd, on the Great Lawn at Astoria Park brought out hundreds of families despite the frigid weather.

The three-hour event featured non stop fun, such as train rides around the Great Lawn, facepainting and cotton candy; a children’s theater performance by Mainstages heralding the holidays of Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa; two dance performances with the In Motion dance troupe; and the Art House Astoria Carolers with their wonderful rendition of Christmas carols ending with the much anticipated tree lighting grand finale. Leading the countdown to the lighting was George Stamatiades, President of Central Astoria LDC, ably assisted by Council Members Costa Constantinides and Jimmy Van Bramer, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, and Tony Barsamian, Executive Vice President of CALDC.


(L. to r.); Marie Torniali, Executive Director of Central Astoria LDC; Council Member Costa Constantinides; Assembly Member Aravella Simotas; City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer; Tony Barsamian, Executive Vice President of Central Astoria LDC; and George Stamatiades, President of Central Astoria. (L. to r.); Marie Torniali, Executive Director of Central Astoria LDC; Council Member Costa Constantinides; Assembly Member Aravella Simotas; City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer; Tony Barsamian, Executive Vice President of Central Astoria LDC; and George Stamatiades, President of Central Astoria. Marie Torniali, Executive Director of Central Astoria LDC, said, “this annual event rings in the holiday season and is a joyous community celebration; we thank Councilman Constantinides for providing support for this celebration and all the events that bring families and neighbors together throughout the year.”



Carolers sang holiday favorites. Carolers sang holiday favorites.

Council Member Costa Constantinides hitchin’ a ride on the “Royal Express” train. Council Member Costa Constantinides hitchin’ a ride on the “Royal Express” train.

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