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Pine Ridge Park becomes a winter wonderland
December 12, 2019 at 7:16 a.m.
After some coaxing from his mother, Luigi Castellano, 2, approaches a mechanical hugging teddy bear and gives it a long embrace. The Hunter Drive resident is investigating all the winter festivities during the annual Rye Brook Winterfest at Pine Ridge Park on Friday, Dec. 6.
Winterfest isn’t just for kids—adults get silly, too. Struggling to stand up in the inflatable snow globe photo booth, the Rye Brook Board of Trustees attempt to pose for a photo at the annual winter festival in Pine Ridge Park on Friday, Dec. 6. From the left: Trustees Susan Epstein, Stephanie Fischer, Jason Klein and Mayor Paul Rosenberg. Lying down is Trustee David Heiser.
Ice carver Eric Wagner sculpts a bench with his chainsaw that resembles a throne with a Village of Rye Brook seal.
When iconic characters are in the mix, it’s time for a selfie. Ryan Rothman, a Port Chester native visiting from his current home in Stamford, Conn., stops in front of an inflatable “Despicable Me” minion to take a picture with his 1-year-old daughter Sydney.
Ridge Street Elementary School first-graders Shannon Murphy (left), Shyla Schroeder, Audrey Peña and Charlotte Sundheim take a break from the activities to sip some hot chocolate.
Playing Santa Claus, one of his reindeer and Rudolf, LawnChair Theatre actors David Ryan (left), Alison Soderquist and Nicole Neurohr perform in “The Reindeer Games.” The live 20-minute radio drama combined Rudolph and “The Hunger Games” to tell a story about resisting corporate greed to find the true meaning of Christmas.
Bundled up and clutching a box of popcorn, Hillandale Road 3-year-old Riley Brauntuch warms up with a salty snack.
Rye Brook residents Gloria Waisburg, 3, and her uncle Adrian scurry off the polar express train after taking a fun ride around Pine Ridge Park.
After Ridge Street School fifth-grader Atsuhiro Wada (right) and his second-grade brother Hiroyoshi take a picture with Santa Claus, their mother Kyoko jumps in for a family photo. The family lives on Berkley Drive.