FROSTY THE SNOWMAN HOMECOMING
SLATED FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1st
ARMONK, NY – The 10th annual homecoming of America’s favorite snowman, Frosty, will be held in his hometown of Armonk, NY on Sunday, December 1, the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. The Frosty Day fun-filled family activities will start in downtown Armonk at 12:00 noon with the annual Frosty Parade scheduled for 4 p.m. The parade will be followed by the annual holiday lighting ceremony and sing-a-long at the gazebo in Wampus Brook Park.
The Frosty Parade is the only holiday-themed parade in the area and all activities are free to the public. Almost every business, shop and merchant in Armonk is involved somehow in Frosty Day.
There will be new activities and entertainment this year, along with favorites such as the miniature trains, animated animals, horse-drawn wagon and the bubble truck. There will also be dancers, singers, marching bands, a stilt band, Santa and of course, Frosty. Shops and merchants will offer face-painting, frosting cookies, decorating holiday ornaments, and making your own Frosty the Snowman to carry in the parade.
Events and activities will be held for more than three hours around town before the parade which will travel north on Main Street to Maple Avenue and then to Wampus Brook Park. Everyone is part of the parade, joining at the end to help welcome Frosty home for the holidays.
More than 40 local and county-based groups and organizations will participate in this year’s Frosty Parade with marching bands, floats, lights, dancing, costumes and music, going past the Historic District in Armonk that was the inspiration for the “Village Square” where Frosty dared the children to “catch me if you can.” Steve Nelson, who was the lyricist of the classic holiday song, was a long-time resident of Armonk.
Friends of Frosty Inc., a non-profit group of local volunteers formed to oversee the day’s events, encourages visitors to Armonk to contribute to its “Help Frosty Help Others” campaign – by donating winter jackets, hats, mittens and scarves as part of its Winter Warmth project. Clothing bins can be found around town during the Frosty Day festivities.
The group’s president, Robby Morris, reminds us that “Frosty Day is an event that the town looks forward to every year. It’s a great time for everyone to come together and have some fun. In this our 10th anniversary year, we hope it will be an even better time for one and all. Come join us.”
WOMAN WHO INSPIRED SONG “FROSTY THE SNOWMAN” TO HELP CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF FROSTY DAY IN FROSTY’S HOMETOWN OF ARMONK, NEW YORK
ARMONK, NY (Friday, October 18, 2019) As Armonk celebrates the 10th anniversary of Frosty Day and the Frosty Parade on December 1, the Sunday of the this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, plans are under way for three special events to mark the occasion: a special exhibit at the North Castle Public Library, a display of original Frosty the Snowman book illustrations on Main Street, and a special visit to Frosty’s hometown by the girl (now woman) who inspired the song that made Frosty famous.
The exhibit at the North Castle Public Library will feature Frosty memorabilia, as well as photographs and artifacts of Armonk at the time “Frosty the Snowman” was written by Steve Nelson, who had just bought land in Armonk, and by Jack Rollins, a then-resident of White Plains. The exhibit is a joint effort by the Friends of Frosty, the North Castle Public Library and the North Castle Historical Society and will run from November 12 through December 14, 2019.
The display of original Frosty illustrations by renowned artist Corinne Malvern from the Little Golden Book Frosty the Snowman by Annie North Bedford and published in 1950 will be at Framings at 420 Main Street. It will consist of 28 all-color illustrations drawn for the book which was issued as a follow-up to the Gene Autry version of the song in December 1950. The display will run from November 23, 2019 to January 6, 2020.
However, the most special event of the 10th anniversary celebration will be the visit to Armonk by Patty Fenwick, who was the step-granddaughter of Jack Rollins and the inspiration for the story told in the song, “Frosty the Snowman.” Now a grandmother and resident of Ohio, Ms. Fenwick will travel to Armonk with seven members of her family to enjoy the festivities of Frosty Day, ride on a float in the
Frosty Parade, and help get the holiday season under way at the annual lighting at the gazebo.
As the story goes, when Patty Fenwick was very young and living near White Plains, there was an early snowfall. “I was so excited to go out and play in the first snowfall. Grandpa Rollins wanted to go outside and play with me in the snow as well. I was so excited to build the first snowman of the year.” But the first snowfall didn’t last very long. “The next day I woke up to find our snowman melted away. I was very upset,” Ms. Fenwick recalled. “Grandpa, being the ‘I can fix it’ grandpa, wanted to make me feel better. So, he said ‘Please don’t cry. I promise you he will be back someday soon.’ I knew Grandpa Rollins always fixed things, so I immediately felt better.”
Rollins relayed this story to his songwriting partner Steve Nelson and the two of them created a classic children’s song for the ages. Said Ms. Fenwick, “Who would ever imagine a little girl and her Grandpa playing in the snow would lead to such a wonderful song?”
Some 50 years later, Steve Nelson’s widow Audrey confirmed in a letter that “’Frosty’ was conceived in beautiful Armonk,” to which she signed off as “Frosty’s Mama.” It was all thanks to a little girl’s tears and the promise of hope and renewal that Frosty’s song and story came to life to delight children everywhere and especially in the tiny hamlet of Armonk, New York.