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Bedford Neighbors Notes

After attending the Bedford Village Business Association (BVBA) meeting this Tuesday morning, I noticed Rusticus Garden Club members working in the front garden at the Bedford Free Library. Club members are responsible for maintaining this particular garden, along with several others around the Town of Bedford. The busy gardeners were Caroline Mockridge, Marge Sandwick, Debbie Stanley and Annie Whalen.

At the BVBA meeting, final plans were discussed for the annual Tree Lighting ceremony , taking place on Friday, Dec. 2, starting at 7 p.m. Hot chocolate will be served at the Bedford Firehouse starting at 6:30 p.m. This is a festive holiday event featuring a countdown to the lighting of the tree on the Village Green followed by carols sung by the Charis Chamber Voices and hot chocolate for all. Come join the crowd—and bring a flashlight!

The Tree Lighting is the kick-off for Jingle Pass Weekend in Bedford Village. Discounts and treats will be available from Dec. 2 to 4 at BVBA member businesses throughout town. So shop locally.

On Saturday, Nov. 12 the Bedford Historical Society (BHS) held its annual Cocktails at the Court House party. This year’s event included a special tribute to Jackie and Dick Farrell for more than 50 years of service to the Bedford community. Assembly member Robert Castelli presented the Farrells with a Citation from the N.Y. State Assembly, recognizing their support of local organizations in the preservation of Bedford Village and its historic Village Green.

The event was held at the 1787 Historic Court House and featured bartenders in judges' robes and powdered wigs serving “Farrell Fizz” cocktails.

Town Historian John Stockbridge thanked the Farrells on behalf of Lee Roberts and the Town of Bedford. Kirtley Cameron , BHS president, thanked Jackie and Dick for their previous work in leadership positions on many local boards.

Event proceeds will be used to fund the development of a new Village Green walking tour. Stacy Albanese , BHS vice president, unveiled the high tech element of the tour, featuring Quick Response (QR) codes at various locations. Smart phones can scan these codes to access information about the location. Cookies decorated with edible, working QR codes for the Court House were donated by Bedford resident Antonia Davis .

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