RUMSON: WARMING UP A CHILLY NIGHT

120714 rumson xmas4Tim McLoone, flanked by Rudolph, Santa and Frosty, rocked the gazebo in Victory Park. Rudolph also made the rounds in the crowd, below.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

120714 rumson xmas11 Victory Park was awash in lights and music as Tim McLoone and the Shirleys headed up Rumson’s Christmas tree lighting Sunday night.

Mayor John Ekdahl nominated a second-grader from the Deane Porter School to perform the task of pushing the button to light the tree and the Tower singers from Rumson-Fair Haven High School offered a selection of holiday tunes while Linda Walton’s catering company helped the crowd ward off the night’s chill with hot chocolate and home baked cookies.

Were you among those singing-in the holiday season? Check below for more pictures.

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RED BANK: SANTA & KIDS HUDDLE IN THE RAIN

rb tree lighting 120614Santa Claus and friends attempted to find some shelter from the rain as Red Bankers gathered for the annual West Side Tree Lighting at the pocket park on Shrewsbury Avenue Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Ben Forest. Click to enlarge)

RBR KIDS TO SHOWCASE WITH THE SHIRLS

sundayshowcaseThe Performing Art Students at Red Bank Regional High School join special guests Tim McLoone and the Shirleys this Sunday for an afternoon of singing, dancing and laughs.

When Red Bank Regional High School presents its Sunday Showcase concert on February 27, the spotlighted performers will include Sarah Trufolo of Little Silver, who along with her fellow dancers will be “performing in the audience, rallying the crowd to boogie with them.”

They’ll include senior Reid Henderson of Avon (who will deliver a comic monologue), and junior Ari Bellar of Little Silver (who will join the RBR choral students for a medley of songs by Journey). And they’ll include another favorite son of Little Silver — one Tim McLoone.

Did someone say Tim McLoone? The sixtysomething rennaissance guy, running entrepeneur, restaurateur and on-time conductor of the Holiday Express? Surely they can’t be serious.

Well, they are serious — and yes, you may call him Shirley.

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