The first Christmas on Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne was a huge success. The site served as the home for more than just holiday spirit and decor this year, but also included healthful activities such as music and storytelling that are popular with children.

The event was sponsored by the Templeton Chamber of Commerce.

TEMPLETON, N.Y. — On Saturday, Dec. 18, throngs of people walked up and down Main Street in Templeton to take part in the first annual Christmas on Main Street. The event was sponsored by the Templeton Chamber of Commerce.

“Our event began as a brainstorming session to see what we might do to support Templeton’s company.” As a result, we decided that a simple Main Street Christmas event would be enjoyable. “There will be no fee to anybody,” stated Kathy Nutt, Executive Co-Chair of the Templeton Chamber of Commerce.


The gathering took up a considerable portion of Templeton’s downtown area. Starting at the American Legion Hall on 8th Street, where you may see Santa, dig for gold with the Central Coast Gold Prospectors, and browse the artisan fair.

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“It’s wonderful to be here in Templeton for the first Christmas [event] of the year. “Everyone is having a fantastic time,” Templeton Lion’s Club member Cynthia Everett remarked. Inside the Legion Hall, who had a booth?


Thousands of Christmas lights were strung across both sides of Main Street, and visitors flocked to see what Templeton has to offer. Almost every company took part in some fashion, from hot chocolate and popcorn to kid-friendly activities. There’s even an emoji scavenger hunt!

As the temperature dropped and it began to grow dark, an impromptu procession of pick-up trucks, UTVs, golf carts, and motorbikes began circling up and down the street in typical Templeton manner.

“Hopefully, it [Christmas on Main Street] becomes bigger every year.” “I’m extremely happy to have something to do [for Christmas],” said Rob Garcia, a partner with Corvus Wealth Advisors. “We had a fantastic 4th of July; we should start planning a fantastic Christmas party.”


The entertainment was supplied by Main Street Dance, who set up a stage outside Griff’s Pizzeria and Bistro on 2nd Street. The performances were seen by large audiences.

Vicki van den Eikhof of the Templeton Drama Boosters was also present. Cotton candy will be distributed to the community in return for contributions to the theater department. “We’re helping the Templeton High School Drama Department raise funds, and Martinelli’s Landscape Construction is auctioning off a Christmas tree for us as well.”

The Christmas Tree Auction included nine local companies. After the tree was sold to the highest bidder, they each chose a non-profit to receive all of the earnings. And the winner received a completely decked Christmas tree!

“We decided to conduct the tree auction so that we could contribute back to the local non-profits,” Nutt said. “We’re extremely happy to be not just celebrating but also giving back to our community.”

Elizabeth Covert, Aletha Ens, Sarah Magalet, and Jennifer Ecklund were on the Christmas on Main Street committee (together with Nutt).

Let’s hope that Christmas on Main Street returns next year!

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