Throughout most of the year, Cal & Shan’s provides landscaping services or snow removal services. This time of year, however, they join the holiday revelry by providing a traditional cut-your-own Christmas tree tradition. They kicked off that service Sunday in the Woodstock Christmas Parade.
“This was the first year we were in the parade,” said Melissa Manke, whose husband, Todd Manke, owns Cal & Shan’s. “There was a great crowd and we threw candy, beef jerky sticks and chips.”
The Cal & Shan’s float was decorated as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and chaperoned through the parade by family, friends and employees of Cal & Shan’s.
“The real highlight was when Santa came through,” Melissa Manke said. “The children just loved Santa. People were calling his name and taking pictures.”
The Christmas Parade, which came up Dean Street and around the Square, was the conclusion of a holiday filled weekend in town. Friday night was the lighting of the Square. For those who missed the lighting, or the parade, the Square at night is still a festive must-see destination this time of year.
Manke said that Woodstock is a great place for Christmas. She said that a cut-your-own Christmas tree farm is ideally set on the edge of the town.