Barbara Cannon, chairwoman of the 4Cs, the Cooperstown Community Christmas Committee, helps volunteers Roxanne Murray (left) and Cathy Raddatz (right) to trim pine branches for Santa’s Workshop in Pioneer Park Sunday afternoon during the annual downtown decorations event. “I’d like to think we bring the magic to Cooperstown,” said Cannon. “A lot of families have been doing this for generations–the community comes together.” The event includes volunteers from the Cub Scouts, Cooperstown Equestrian Park, and the United Methodist Church. At right, the Miosek family – Madi, Luke and cousin Griffen Beckmann, with dad Ryan up on the ladder – decorates a lamp pole.
“If we’re in town, we always try to make sure we get a pole,” said mom Kaitlin Miosek. The family has been participating in pole decorating for nearly eight years and hopes to continue it. “It’s a really fun family tradition to kick off the season,” she said. The event readies downtown for Santa Claus, who will arrive at his Pioneer Park cottage at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)