Carnegie’s children always were Carol Covi’s favorite people.
No matter the season, the late councilwoman and children’s program coordinator, brought smiles to faces, young and old. Now, in tribute to Covi, residents will gather for a holiday celebration from noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 6.
“Carol would have loved one nice big event,” said Cheryl Stephan, Covi’s sister.
The Carnegie Celebrates the Season planning committee agreed to create a day worthy of her dedication to the town. Covi, 67, died in May.
“She was 3,000 percent about Carnegie and 5,000 percent about Carnegie’s kids,” said Maggie Forbes, executive director of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall. “She was completely devoted to the community.”
There used to be two separate holiday celebrations in the borough, Mayor Jack Kobistek said.
The tree lighting took place on a Friday night, and Santa Claus visited on a Saturday. This year is the first time both will happen on the same day. At least 19 businesses are participating in the events.
The all-around-town aspect of the celebration is based on the success of the Carnegie Crawl, which has been held since 2013 on the second Friday of the month between May and September.
Joanne Letcher, executive director of the Carnegie Community Development Corp., found business owners eager to join in the holiday kickoff.
“This is such an exciting time in Carnegie, with all the new restaurants and businesses,” she said. “The town has so much to offer.”
Children will be able to share Christmas wishes with Santa at the library and then make holiday crafts for themselves and for Meals-on-Wheels clients.
Carnegie’s streets will come alive during a Wassail Walk. With a warm, spicy cider in hand, walkers can go door-to-door and stop for the Carol Covi Cookie Break at Bob’s Diner on Mansfield Boulevard from 3 to 4 p.m.
Carolers will croon familiar songs, and shuttles will whisk walkers to their vehicles.
While business owners are eager to welcome customers, community leaders appreciate the opportunity to showcase the community.
“This is perfect,” Kobistek said. “It’s a true holiday event. It enhances the business district, highlights the beautiful library and offers special things for the kids to do.”
Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or [email protected].