New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 5 invites the public to attend a Children’s Holiday Party at their regional headquarters in Ray Brook on Friday, Dec. 16, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Children and their families can meet Santa and Smokey Bear, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and participate in a variety of activities including face painting and coloring.
“We are excited to once again invite local children and their families to join us at our regional headquarters for a celebration of the holiday season,” said DEC Region 5 Regional Director Joe Zalewski. “After two years of cancelled events due to the pandemic, our staff looks forward to welcoming the community in person for such a joyful occasion.”
The DEC Region 5 headquarters are located at 1115 NY Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977. The event will take place in the building’s lobby and main conference room. Please park in the lot directly in front of the building and enter through the front doors. The event is free and open to all members of the public with no RSVP required.
Photo at top: Wikimedia Commons photo.
A big THANK YOU to Region #5 Director, Joe Zalewski, for bringing back this popular community tradition at DEC’s Ray Brook headquarters after our lengthy Covid lockdown.
It is just wonderful to see DEC opening its doors again, to members of the Adirondack community – especially the children – to come and join the DEC staff to enjoy this festive holiday tradition, in much the same as we used to celebrate it – including visits from Smokey Bear and Santa Claus. It was an idea that was well received in past years, and I’m sure it will be again on December 16.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all !