Holiday Treasure Express rolls this Saturday in village

Margaretville —The second annual Holiday Treasure Express, a community-wide celebration and “shop local” campaign, has its official launch this Saturday, Nov. 29 at 3:30 p.m with a parade up Main Street, Margaretville. 
The parade boasts over 30 units, including a band, the Delaware County Dairy Princess, floats, antique cars, fire trucks and promises a little something for everyone. 
The parade will form at the school and end at the pavilion on the Margaretville village field where a community business showcase and holiday tree-lighting ceremony will take place.  Also at the pavilion is the opportunity for the young ones to visit with Santa, have their pictures taken and post their letters to the North Pole.  Everyone is invited to bring canned goods to Santa to benefit the Community Christmas Project.
Floats for the parade have been created by organizations from across the area in variations on a “Green” theme.
The Tree Lighting ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. with a group carol led by Wendy Neif.  Once the tree is lit float honors will be awarded.  Following the tree lighting, the Catskill Mountain Christian Center will present a living nativity.  Carolers will be strolling throughout the festivities and holiday music will be provided by DJ Tito. 
A team of people headed by Lauren Quarltere and Maggie Inge have been working on the program ever since last year’s campaign ended.  Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton organized the parade route and served as the liaison to law enforcement and DOT.  The executive producer is Michael Mathis, supported by Gretchen Balcom, Iris Mead and Peter Molnar. 
The Holiday Treasure Express was created by Quarltere and Inge as a way to boost holiday traffic for local businesses.  This year, 63 local destination businesses are participating in the season-long campaign.  Shoppers can obtain passports from any destination business and when their passport has been stamped by 15 destinations, turn it in to become eligible to win prizes valued at over $3,000. 
More information on the parade and Holiday Treasure Express campaign, visit www.holidaytreasureexpress.com or call at 607 326-4282 or 845 586-3698.

Holiday Treasure Express Schedule of Events:
• 3:30 Parade Kicks off from MCS
• 4:15 Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive at village field – photo opportunity for the kids – bring canned goods to Santa to benefit the Community Christmas Project
• 4:15-6:00 Business Showcase in Margaretville Pavilion
• 5:00 Tree Lighting Ceremony
• 5:15 Living Nativity from the Catskill Mountain Christian Center