FROSTY THE SNOWMAN
WILL RETURN TO HIS HOMETOWN OF ARMONK
ON NOVEMBER 29TH WITH FAMILY FUN AND PARADE
ARMONK, NY – The homecoming of America’s favorite snowman, Frosty, will
be celebrated again this year with “Frosty Day” by his hometown of Armonk, New York on Saturday, November 29, the Saturday of the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. Activities and fun-filled family events will start at 12:00 noon in town; they include a Main Street scavenger hunt, Frosty cartoons at the North Castle Public Library, dance and musical performances in Armonk Square as well as magicians, singers and clowns throughout downtown Armonk. In addition, marching bands and carolers will accompany families as they visit shops and merchants to get their faces painted, frost holiday cookies, decorate ornaments and trinkets – as well as ride a train around town and go on a hayride through the Wampus Brook Park.
The highlight of Frosty Day will be a parade starting at 4:30 p.m. that will go down Main Street, then onto Bedford Avenue and past the “Village Square” mentioned in
the song. More than 30 local groups and organizations will participate with floats, lights, dancing, costumes and music to welcome Frosty home. Frosty then invites everyone to become part of the parade.
The Frosty Parade is the only holiday parade in the Tri-State region.
The parade will culminate at Wampus Brook Park for a gala holiday lighting ceremony at the gazebo, with more music and refreshments. After the holiday lighting, the Main Street Open House of restaurants, merchants and businesses will be available to help welcome in the holidays.
In addition, the Friends of Frosty, Inc., a non-profit group formed to oversee the day’s activities and events, will continue its Winter Warmth project, “Help Frosty Help Others.” It will collect clean and gently used winter clothing, such as hats, gloves, scarves, mittens, parkas and coats, for those in need, at several locations around town. Donation jars will also be available for contributions at stores and restaurants.
Last year’s Frosty Day saw more than a thousand people from the Tri-State region welcoming Frosty home to Armonk. It was also named one of the “10 Best Things To Do” in Westchester County by the Westchester County Office of Tourism.
During this time of the December holidays, where several religions are symbolized in civic and educational settings, Frosty the Snowman remains a symbol of excitement of the winter holiday season. Ed Woodyard, a long-time organizer of the town-wide holiday event, remarked, “Frosty reminds people of the magic to be found during this time of year, for young and old alike.”
“The only thing that Frosty believes in,” continued Woodyard, “is kids.”
Located in the Town of North Castle, Armonk’s Historic District is the “Village Square” mentioned in the song’s lyrics where Frosty dared the children to “catch me if you can.” With the opening this past spring of Armonk Square, said Woodyard, “the town has another opportunity for Frosty to have even more fun with the kids.”
The lyricist of the winter holiday classic, Steve Nelson, was a frequent visitor to Armonk after World War II from his home in nearby White Plains, NY. In 1950, he wrote the song’s lyrics which he put to Jack Rollins’ music; it was the same year that he was looking for land in Armonk on which to build his new home. Gene Autry recorded the song that year, making it an instant classic, following his earlier one of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
Life-long Armonk resident and town councilwoman Barbara DiGiacinto said, “It was pretty much common knowledge that Mr. Nelson had Armonk in mind when he wrote the song. Matter of fact, the traffic cop in the song who hollered ‘Stop!’ to Frosty was said to be based on the town’s former chief of police, John Hergenhan, who just happened to be my uncle.”
Two years later, Steve Nelson moved his young family to Armonk, where he lived for the rest of his life until his death there in 1981. In 1957, “Frosty the Snowman” was recorded again by Perry Como, solidifying it as a perennial song of the season. This success was followed by an animated version in 1969, now seen annually on television.
“Frosty Day is an event that the town looks forward to every year,” said Robby Morris, a local businessman and board member of Friends of Frosty. “The whole town comes out for it. Just about every group in town is involved somehow, from the Town of North Castle to the Armonk Chamber of Commerce, from the religious institutions to the schools, from the sports and youth groups to volunteer organizations. It is a great time for everyone to come together and have some fun.”
Judy Gilmartin Willsey, a Main Street business owner and a coordinator of Frosty Day, agreed. “Saturday, November 29th in Armonk, New York promises to be a day full of ‘thumpety thump thump.’ We hope that everyone will join us in the fun.”