‘Little North Pole’ Opening Set Saturday
In what has quickly become a Rockaway holiday tradition, the “Little North Pole” will once again turn on its myriad of lights at the home of Joseph and Maritza Mure in Neponsit tomorrow, Saturday, December 3, to the enjoyment of thousands of boys and girls of all ages.
The switch that turns on thousands of lights and dozens of animated figures at 144-03 Neponsit Avenue will be hit for the tenth straight year at 6 p.m. sharp, according to Mure, who practices law as a defense counsel in Brooklyn.
And, once again as in past years, all of the money raised by the “Little North Pole” will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Fund.
“It took 16 guys to put the reindeer on my roof,” Mure told reporters last year. “My whole house is covered with lights and I don’t even know how much it costs me in electricity each year. But, it’s worth every penny if I can help ease the pain of kids who suffer with this awful disease.”
Once again, the opening night festivities will include food and drink from The Beach Club, The County Tyrone Pipe Band, The Rockaway Theatre Company with traditional Christmas Carols and a surprise guest.
The annual event has evolved from a quiet opening that was attended by approximately 200 people to a “holiday block party” that draws in excess of 1,000 people and closes the block to traffic for hours.
Once again, Santa is expected to drop in on the festivities. Last year, he arrived by helicopter, causing lots of excitement on the part of the youngsters and some consternation on the part of adult neighbors who put a circling copter together with some sort of police action in the neighborhood.
Mure says that he hopes to raise in excess of $10,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, an organization that he serves as president.