‘Holly Daze’ a big hit

The annual pre-Christmas tradition of “Holly Daze” once again has lived up to its billing, the president of the Emo Chamber of Commerce said.
Colleen Vennechenko, who also operates The Corner Closet, said Monday that the feedback she’s received regarding last weekend’s annual festival has been all positive.
“I talked to some of the business people around town today [Monday] and they were all pleased with the turnout,” she remarked.
“I think it was at least as good as last year, especially on Friday,” she added.
Friday was greeted with unseasonably mild temperatures, which brought shoppers out in droves, whereas Saturday, although sunny, was quite chilly and windy.
Nonetheless, activity at stores along Front Street was as brisk as the weather in the morning. By afternoon, business slowed somewhat, but there still were lots of things to do.
Santa held court for two hours at the Emo Toy Library on Saturday afternoon, and there was no shortage of youngsters eager to bend his ear and have their photo taken with him.
The tennis courts were flooded to provide a skating rink and a game of shinny was going on there all afternoon Saturday.
Meanwhile, David Goodman Jr. from Borderland Esso had a steady supply of passengers as he hauled a wagon around town.
For those less active, or who merely needed a chance to chase the chill away, the Emo Recreational Committee served hot chocolate and marshmallows down at the pavilion.
The two-day event has been a tradition in Emo for at least 15 years and kicks off the start of the holiday season.
As in years past, there were a number of special offers and features by local merchants, as well as draws for “Emo bucks” and other giveaways.
Unlike other years, however, the event was moved down to the waterfront to provide some shelter from the wind and to bring things closer to the downtown merchants.
At 4 p.m., the winning tickets for “Emo bucks” were drawn at the pavilion by Fire Chief James O’Sullivan and Tom Jackson from Tompkins Hardware.
Fred Angus of Emo won the $300 voucher while Kathi Tucker of Fort Frances won $200.
And since the weather co-operated, the festival ended with a bang Saturday night with a fireworks display at the waterfront.