Little North Pole Gets TV Treatment

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Lights, camera, action! This year’s lighting of Joe Mure’s Little North Pole was a bit different. The recording for a TV show caused the local holiday tradition to switch gears, but the many residents that came out for the early start-date, Sunday, November 12, were still entertained with special performances, food, the impressive lights of the Neponsit home, and a visit from Santa.

With ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight on scene, the Little North Pole lighting featured delays between performances for quiet moments for filming, cameras, and about half-a-dozen takes for the lighting of Joe Mure’s home this year.

Mure announced that he was adamant about the show, which features fantastically decorated holiday homes across the country for a chance to win $50,000, not coming to the Little North Pole. He said that he told producers no, three times, but they were persistent. Mure finally agreed to the taping if the producers would allow him to speak about the main cause behind the Rockaway tradition—to raise money and awareness for those dealing with juvenile diabetes, and if they were to win the prize money, it would go directly toward the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The producers agreed to his terms and the show went on.

Despite the TV show taking over the night, Mure still achieved his second goal for holding the annual tradition— “to put a smile on every kids’ face and give them a memory of Christmas that will last the rest of their lives.” Guests were treated to food from various vendors, including Whit’s End and there was a full lineup of entertainment from local school performances to USO girls, Alive and Kicking, Stuntman, Angelo and Maria Venuto, Mr. Christmas Vinnie Medungo, Domini Monroe, Dani Dante and more. Santa Claus also made his arrival to help light the house, and he was scheduled to give out toys to all the kids in attendance after the show taping, but production ran late, and many of the little ones went off to bed on the school night.

Mure is expected to have two more lighting events for special needs children and the St. Camillus Special Olympics, sometime after Thanksgiving, and the home, located at 144-03 Neponsit Avenue, will be lit throughout January. Anyone who is interested in making a donation to the cause can head to www.littlenorthpole.org. The episode of The Great Christmas Light Fight featuring the Little North Pole, won’t air until the 2018 holiday season.

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