Many Residents, Mayor-elect Attend annual South Side Tree Lighting

The annual South Side Christmas Tree Lighting was held at the corner of East Colvin and South Salina streets Monday, Dec. 7.

Despite a sprinkling of snow, a crowd of more than 50 South Side residents was on hand for the event, sponsored by Key Bank.

The ceremony has been held on the first Monday of December every year since 1998.

Part of the crowd was Syracuse Mayor-elect, Stephanie Miner.

“I think it’s a great community event, that reminds us what we like about the season,” she said.

The Rev. Victor L. Wilson, pastor of Southern Missionary Baptist Church, agreed with Miner about the importance of an event that brings the community together.

“I really believe our community needs some Christmas spirit,” he said. “With all the violence and crime going on, I think it’s a worthwhile cause to spread some Christmas joy.”

Southern Missionary Baptist Church Choir

Southern Missionary Baptist Church Choir

Besides the lighting of the tree, the crowd was also treated to a selection of holiday songs performed by Southern Missionary Baptist Church’s combined choir and gifts for the families who had registered beforehand.

Ayanna Williams

Ayanna Williams

There was also a presentation of awards including the Charles Dozier III Memorial Scholarship Award, which was given to Ayanna Williams, a senior at Corcoran High School.

Despite the cold weather, the crowd seemed to enjoy the opportunity to come together as a community.

Santa arrives

Santa arrives

It was definitely something felt by Rosie Cockrell, a member of the choir.  “We need more events that bring us together.”

— Story and photos by Bryan Anthony Hood, The Stand’s Roving Reporter