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Candlelight evenings return at Pagan-Fletcher

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Candlelight evenings returned to the Pagan-Fletcher Restoration on Dec. 29, as visitors came for tours of the historic building, which features artifacts from the past two centuries.

The event was free and open to the public, and has been a long-running, year-end tradition for the Valley Stream Historical Society, which operates the restoration. Society members led tours for the visitors by candlelight, although for safety reasons the interior lights had to be left on, according to society spokeswoman Valerie Esposito.

“It’s the biggest draw of the year,” she said of the event, bringing people from across the Island to get a taste of history.

The candlelight evening also serves as a fundraiser for food pantries in Valley Stream, and goes to families in need in the neighborhood.