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2019 will mark 40 years The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) has hosted its magical Holiday Festival in Stony Brook Village. Visitors are sure to be in awe of the featured 14-foot giant puppets on parade. Local legends and the very beginning of espionage in the United States are part of the fiber and culture of the Three Village area, and they will be celebrated in dramatic fashion through this very impressive art form. The “Legends and Spies” Puppets Procession through Stony Brook Village will bring that very history to life in the form of Ward (pictured) and Dorothy Melville, visionary philanthropists and WMHO / Stony Brook Village founders; Caleb Brewster and Benjamin Tallmadge, members of George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring; Shipbuilder Captain Jonas Smith, who owned the Hallock Homestead (now Three Village Inn) and is thought to be Long Island’s first millionaire; Anna Smith Strong, a Culper Spy Ring member and William Sidney Mount, famed American genre painter. The procession of puppets, led by Tom Manuel (President and Founder of The Jazz Loft) and a New Orleans Brass Band, will begin at 2:15 pm at the Stony Brook Fire Department in the Harbor Crescent section of the Village. Additional festivities throughout the day include community school bands, a petting zoo, holiday train display, live music with WALK Radio, holiday carolers, Wiggs Opticians Holiday Windows and, of course, Santa, who arrives with great fanfare aboard a Stony Brook Fire Department truck at 2 pm to the front of the Post Office to hear children’s wishes until 5 pm. He returns in dramatic style at 5:30 pm atop the Stony Brook Fire Department’s 3,000 light float for the annual tree lighting. Event sponsors to date are Damianos Realty Group, GSE Dynamics, Penny’s Car Care Service, Edward Jones and Jefferson’s Ferry.
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