Bring on the holidays

Danny Teresi and his parents at last year’s Holiday Express concert.

The holiday season is heating up at Matheny, starting with “Fruitcake & Mistletoe,” the annual Holiday Concert presented by the Matheny Choirs. This year it will be on Wednesday, December 5, at 2 p.m. and Thursday, December 6, at 7 p.m.

Then, on Sunday, December 9, Holiday Express, an all-volunteer band that gives more than 50 concerts between Thanksgiving and Christmas, will make its 12th visit to Matheny. For Tim McLoone, founder and leader of Holiday Express, coming to Matheny is like visiting old friends. He knows many of the students and patients on a first-name basis and chats with them during the concert. Holiday Express’ mission is to deliver music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those in need during the holiday season. The musicians also play every spring at the Matheny Prom.

On Saturday, December 15, it’s Lunch with Santa from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Matheny children’s dining room. Families of all of our students are invited to attend all of the holiday events. Just contact Linda Frankshun, director of therapies, at 908 234-0011, ext. 226.

Tim McLoone, leading the band last year.