By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: December 17, 2018 | 3:45 p.m.
WAKEFIELD – The weather may have kept festivities inside for this year’s Wakefield Foundation Tree Lighting and Visit with Santa, but it did not dampen the spirits of the participants, according to Foundation Board of Trustees President Joan Drewry.
“We had it all decorated like we always do, and we moved it inside because the weather was so bad – rainy and misty,” Drewry explained, “But in some ways it was even better, because when Santa came inside he just reached out and touched the big Christmas Tree on the stage and all the lights popped on like magic!
“This year, in addition to Christmas crafts for the children, balloon art by Merphi the Clown and hot dogs and cupcakes for everyone,” Drewry added, “the crowd enjoyed two special treats courtesy of the Wakefield Methodist Church. First Pastor Glenn Riggs shared the Christmas story, and then for the first time, the Wakefield Methodist Church Ringers entertained us with a beautiful medley of Christmas music.”
Of course the highlight of the evening was the chance for all the children to see Santa.
“We probably had about 150 people – a really a nice crowd – and this year we had a lot of little babies!” Drewry exclaimed. “And it was just so much fun to see them in Santa’s arms. Our Snow Princess, Addison Rogers, led every child up there to spend some time with Santa. And afterward, Santa said that in addition to the ‘usual’ requests, this year, a little girl asked for a real, live unicorn, and one little boy said he just wanted a Dodge pickup for his Daddy. The whole evening was just so much fun, and a great kick-off for Christmas in Wakefield.”