Holiday Traditions at Brookwood

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High school students enjoyed holiday traditions at local landmark Brookwood Hall during the first week of December, connecting to the community and setting an ideal seasonal mood.

The Interact Club participated in the Brookwood Hall Restoration Committee and Islip Arts Council’s sixth annual Festival of Trees on Dec. 4. Holiday trees were purchased by the Rotary Club and Albrecht, Bruno & O’Shea Funeral Home for students to decorate alongside more than 50 other local community groups and service organizations. Proceeds will benefit the Islip Arts Council, which has its headquarters at the mansion.  

“This event gives students the opportunity to participate in a fun and meaningful service project that is a tradition in the East Islip community,” said club adviser Lisa Rapiejko.

On Dec. 7, the school’s chamber orchestra performed carols at Brookwood’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, for the fourth consecutive year. During the event, community members are invited to tour the mansion, observe art and hear holiday sounds.

“We always look forward to the opportunity to bring music to the community,” said Orchestra Director Giovanna Ruggiero.