Downtown Crozet for the Holidays

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On Thursday, November 29 the Downtown Crozet Initiative organized an event to celebrate the holiday season. In the Crozet square, family friendly activities gathered a large crowd of Crozet locals. Children and parents alike were ecstatic with the cheer to kick off all the holiday celebrations.

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The event started at 4:30 in the square and began with music by an acoustic musical group of students from Western Albemarle High School. Everyone enjoyed the holiday carols they shared with some particular crowd favorites like their cover of “Hallelujah”, originally by Leonard Cohen. The music was excellent and showcased the talents of the students.

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Kids loved the Holiday card making stations and made some adorable images for their families to enjoy. There was also an ornament decorating table where the children handmade these keepsakes they’ll hang on their tree for years to come.

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Hot Chocolate was provided by Greenhouse Coffee to keep everyone warm on the cold and wintery evening. Cookies and homemade brownie mix kits were available for purchase with all donations benefiting the Baptist Church youth programs. The coffeehouses goodies were a hit at the event in raising money for the cause.

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There was a demonstration by Perrone Robotics and their new autonomous shuttle was parked in the square for everyone to see. The shuttle is intended to be a driverless shuttle that will help transport people to places all around Crozet. The shuttle is manufactured by Polaris and modified for its intended use. While still in developmental stages, the plan is for the shuttle to be operative in January or February. The machine is equipped with features like multiple obstacle detection radars, ultrasonics and GPS. While the shuttle is capable of operating without a driver, there will be a “courtesy driver” for liability reasons, at least initially.

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The big surprise at the event was the restored Crozet Trolley! The trolley was decorated with Christmas light. The Crozet Trolley Company is hosting a holiday event for children and adults that is polar express themed. The trolley will go to the “North Pole”, meet Santa, play reindeer games and drink hot cocoa on this holiday adventure. Tickets and more information is available on their website, www.crozettrolley.com.

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The evening finished up with a Christmas Tree lighting. Everyone gathered around the tree and sang Carols. While singing jingle bells, Crozet Hardware, flipped the switch and the massive tree was illuminated with tons of colored lights. Everyone was in awe and continued to keep caroling. The kids were ecstatic with the enormous colorful tree as it was truly a sight to see.

Written by Courtney Schoeb