Mayor To Officiate Barron Tree Lighting Ceremony

WOODBRIDGE – Mayor John McCormac will officiate the annual tree lighting ceremony at The Barron Arts Center on Friday, Dec. 4, from 5-7 p.m. The event will also mark the opening of the arts center’s annual holiday exhibition of model trains.

Refreshments will be served. The Woodbridge Community Choir and the Woodbridge High School Marching Band will provide holiday music entertainment. Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Mayor’s Food Bank.


Colonia resident Mike Gelesky curates the annual model train exhibition. The display of over 300 feet of track will feature a moving operating playground and three towns. They include Main Street U.S.A., a small town in the snowy mountains and an expanded Hershey Park with Hershey Kisses street lamps and an operating paratrooper ride, Ferris Wheel and Tilt-A-Whirl surrounded by an operating monorail. Eleven different trains will be used in the display with four trains operating at all times.

At the opening ceremony and during the entire run of the exhibition, the arts center is also collecting items for Angel  PAWS, a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to relieving the suffering of and finding permanent homes for stray, abandoned and homeless animals. Items needed include cat and dog food (wet and premium dry), kitty litter, paper towels, paper plates, cleaning supplies (bleach, soap), towels, animal beds, toys, bathroom throw rugs, plastic garbage bags, grooming items (q-tips, cotton balls), and office supplies (paper, pens, etc.).

The exhibition runs from Dec. 4-29. Exhibit hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 2-4 p.m. The Barron Arts Center will be closed on Christmas Day. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Donations are always welcome. For more information or directions, call 1-732-634-0413.

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