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Sanbornton celebrates the spirit of the season

Upon his arrival, Santa and all the good boys and girl of Sanbornton gathered on the town bandstand for a moment before he led them inside the Old Town Hall to meet with them one at a time. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
December 05, 2018
SANBORNTON The Old Town Hall building in Sanbornton overflowed with holiday cheers last Sunday when young and old gathered to enjoy a number of community events.

Kicking things off for the afternoon was Sanbornton musician Audrey Budington, who is an accomplished violin player. As adults enjoyed her performance, children had fun making crafts and decorating cookies.

A photo booth was set up for family photos and many people enjoyed a beautiful ceramic Christmas Village that was on display.

Following Budington's hour of classical music, the Boston Post Cane was awarded to 98-year-old John Wilson then Belmont guitarist and entertainer Paul Kluett took the microphone for a while. He played a variety of upbeat holiday and children's songs that even inspired a few boys and girls to add to the entertainment with some dance moves of their own. After several songs, Kluett advised the children to grab their coats as he broke into the song they perhaps were all waiting for, "Here Comes Santa Claus."

Once they were ready, they headed outside to the bandstand where they sang "Jingle Bells" as they watched for Santa's arrival aboard a brightly decorated engine from Sanbornton Fire Department. After greeting them all and posing for a group photo, Santa took a seat inside the town hall where one by one he spoke with all the children on hand that day.

Many adults said they were very pleased with all the efforts that Sanbornton Recreation Department Coordinator Julie Lonergan and her volunteers put into making this year's event so enjoyable for all.

"She really went above and beyond and just did a fantastic job putting this all together," praised librarian Marcia Haigh.

TriCounty CAP
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