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New Rochelle’s Amazing Holiday Connections, from Rockwell to Rudolph
As a lead-up to “Rudolph Rocs Ruby” in Ruby Dee Park on December 4, New Rochelle City Historian Barbara Davis presents a program illustrating the many ties New Rochelle has to the magical holiday season.

Some of America’s most popular holiday characters, songs, and imagery were created by New Rochelle residents! Norman Rockwell fashioned the modern-day Santa for the covers of national
magazine, from his many studios here. J. Fred Coots penned the lyrics for the hit tune ”Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from his home in New Rochelle’s Larchmont Woods. The tradition of the New Year’s Baby? The prominent New Rochelle illustrator Joseph Leyendecker was responsible for bringing that
German custom to America. The program will reveal the stories behind these and other local holiday influencers, including Robert L. May, the man who grew up in New Rochelle and gave life to the timeless tale of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” He will join other notables in New Rochelle’s Walk of Fame at the December 4 event.

Barbara Davis is also the Co-Director of the Westchester County Historical Society.

Nov 27, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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