A Christmas tradition

Laurenzo, Long said, reasons that "nothing is free any more." He likes being able to provide something at no charge " so much so that he won't even accept donations.

Last year, Laurenzo took that idea even further, asking one of his workers, Debbie Kazakavich, to call around to area nursing homes to see if they wanted to arrange private group tours of the display. That way, the nursing home residents wouldn't have to deal with crowds.

This year, Laurenzo and Kazakavich have reached out to additional organizations, like Saratoga Bridges and church groups.

"We probably have over 100 groups coming," Kazakavich said.

Quick Response staff helps the groups on to the trains, which are handicapped accessible, and hands out hot cocoa and cookies.

The response, Kazakavich said, has been "phenomenal."

"We get letters that just say, 'Thank you, thank you, thank you.'"

Community groups interested in scheduling a private visit to Quick Response can contact Kazakavich at dkazakavich@qrrestore.com or 899-7090, ext. 6.

Everyone else can enjoy the display this Saturday, Dec. 19, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Parking is available at Corpus Christi Church at the intersection of Ushers Road and Route 9 and on Wood Road, which if off Route 9. There will be signs posted.""

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