Letter to the Editor: Easter Fun Fest event


Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of our Easter Fun Fest event, I would like to thank our sponsors: Alfred’s Sports, 32 Main St., Bernie McDonough of Coldwell Banker Madison, 49 Main St., Carter Smile, 290 Madison Ave., Morristown., Cleaners Advantage, 888-471-7676, Harvest Bistro, 50 1/2 Main St., Lure Lash, 89 Main St., Madison & Main Advisors, 266 Main St., and Nothing Bundt Cakes, 170 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown.

I would also like to thank all of the families that came downtown on April 3 to celebrate Easter with our community and businesses

Our 13th Annual Easter Fun Fest was a wonderful way to get out and enjoy the day since the overwhelming effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What started out as a cool spring day, families came and enjoyed searching for Shelly the Easter Egg, visiting with the Easter Bunny, and exchanging greetings with neighbors.

The event brought families from nearby towns, all of who commented on how they enjoy Madison’s town, events, and incredible community spirit.  We all enjoyed hearing these positive compliments and we hope that these types of events continue to bring new people into our community and to the downtown area.

This year we had our 7 ft. tall inflatable colorful Easter Bunny and our decorated Chamber tent at a new location on Main St. Many families took photos of their children at this location. 

Children got to take a chance to win a 20″ grey Rip-Rock Specialized bicycle donated by Peter Daniele of Rose City Collision, 291 Main St. and supplied by Hilltop Bicycles | HB Madison, 14 Kings Rd.

The winner of the bicycle was Cedric Asselin.  In addition to the bicycle, the family received an Easter Basket and Tulip plant, donated by Ankor Patel and his staff at Stop & Shop, 133 Main St. They also received deluxe car wash coupons donated by Ken Maietta, owner of Madison Car Wash, 267 Main St.

Second prize winner Penelope Karounis, received a $25 Tons of Toys Gift Certificate donated by owner Chris Brinkofskiand a $25 Sugar Rush Gift Certificate donated by owner Andrea Zembelis.

This year’s jelly bean contest was once again a highlight of the event with Madison Hanson receiving a $200 Tons of Toys gift certificate donated by Doug Loikith, owner of Madison Memorial Home. Madison also received an Easter basket and Tulip plant donated by Stop & Shop and deluxe car wash coupons donated by Madison Car Wash.

Second place jelly bean runner up received a $25 Sugar Rush Gift Certificate donated by owner Andrea Zembelis. 

I would like to extend a very special thank you to Mayor Robert Conley for his participation and the following volunteers: Chamber President, John Morris; Executive Director, Karen Giambra; Frank Iannarone of Madison Pharmacy, Robbin Salmeri of Cleaners Advantage, Valerie Cassidy, and to Fran Boardman for entertaining the children as our Easter Bunny. 

I would also like to thank Madison Police Department Sgt. Bart Glab, Patrolman Bret Smith, and Auxiliary Police John Grant for public relations, traffic control, and pedestrian safety.

Madison business owners were pleased with the Chamber’s annual Easter Fun Fest and hope that the families that participated and visited their stores will return for future shopping.

Thank you again to the many that came out for this fun family event and for your continued support of our Madison businesses. Happy Spring!

Peter Daniele, Vice President
Madison Area Chamber of Commerce