December 1, 2021

A barn full of holiday spirit

Event in Homer supports local charities, businesses

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Jocelyn and Justin Feller talk to their son Jensen on Saturday while touring Lori Tyrrell’s barn in Homer. The barn featured Christmas trees, Christmas displays and Santa Claus.

Of the more than 20 Christmas trees in Lori Tyrrell’s barn, the one that stood out the most Saturday was one that could best be described as the kitchen tree.

Cookie cutters, muffin pans and other kitchenware and cutlery hung as ornaments for all to see during Tyrrell’s Christmas experience event inside her Homer barn. People could view the trees, meet Santa and buy toys.

Goods from Sinfully Sweet Cafe were also sold. Half of all proceeds would go to nonprofits like the Cortland County SPCA and the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse.

Tyrrell said that the attendance was “a little slow” Saturday morning, but was hopeful it would pick up later.

“We’ll see how it goes,” she said.

One of the families who attended Saturday were Jocelyn and Justin Feller of Homer and their 7-month-old son, Jensen.

“It’s nice that a small, little place is doing something,” Jocelyn Feller said. The family came out to see the trees as Jensen “loves light.”

“It’s nice to get out of the house,” Justin Feller added.

To get into the holiday spirit, the family has been having photoshoots done and making cookies.

Jocelyn Feller said she hoped her family would be able to get together for the holidays in a small group of other friends and family, but wasn’t sure yet.

While 2020 has been a difficult year, Santa said was very pleased with how the children of Homer and Cortland behaved this year.

“They’ve been awesome,” he said. “Especially with COVID and everything going on this year.”

People who missed the event Saturday and Sunday will get another chance next weekend.

Moreso, she hoped the event would help benefit local businesses, like Sinfully Sweet Cafe, and charities, too.