|12/4/2017 4:00:00 AM|
|The Times photo by Betsy Reason|
Santa takes requests from Sona Gaspary, 4, and her brother, Ben, 2, during Tri Kappa’s annual Breakfast with Santa at Forest Park Inn in Noblesville. They are the children of Michael and Sarah Gaspary and the grandchildren of David and Mary Burns of Noblesville and Joseph and Karen Gaspary of Cicero.
What a great holiday weekend.
Noblesville Main Street's First Friday in December kicked off with hot chocolate on the Hamilton County Courthouse Square.
The "Shop Local" theme continued as downtown merchants had extended hours for Midnight Madness.
The Courthouse itself was beautiful with its colorful lights. And on Friday, the holiday scene was even more wonderful with luminaries that lit up throughout the downtown.
At Federal Hill Commons Ice Plaza, folks donated new toys to the Noblesville Fire Department toy drive, to receive discounted admission for the ice rink.
The weekend was especially fun for the kids.
Tri Kappa sorority played host on Saturday morning to its 14th annual Breakfast with Santa at Forest Park Inn. This group of women amaze me every year at the work they put into this two-seating breakfast that's open to all of the kids in the community.
Tri Kappa's Julia Kozicki and twin sisters Beth Lively and Lynn Sylvester don reindeer ears and sang holiday songs while kids devoured French toast sticks, sausages and mandarin oranges. Kids then shared their Christmas lists with a jolly Santa, listened to holiday stories, played bells and learned how to pull Christmas crackers with Mrs. Claus, and made holiday ornaments and reindeer food to take home.
Moffett Craig, who portrays Mrs. Claus, said, "If the children are afraid of Santa, they'll come and tell me what they want, and I'm to tell Santa."
Craig and Lynn Cook started the event when Craig's first grandson and Cook's son were 1-year- olds, 13 years ago.
On Saturday, Craig's grandson, Johnathan Baker, without hesitation donned an elf costume, and Cook's son, Nate Cook, wore a Santa hat, and volunteered throughout the event. I commend these two teens as well as other Tri Kappas' kids who volunteered their time for this awesome event, which raises money for scholarships.
Tri Kappa also recently kicked off its 12th annual Red Stocking Fund donation drive, in partnership with The Times newspaper and Noblesville Township Trustee Office. Since inception, the fund has raised more than $133,000 for needy families in Noblesville Township.
Also on Saturday, Main Street's holiday market had a great turnout at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds. "An En Pointe Christmas" show on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon showcased the talents of more than 50 local dancers of the Noblesville studio.
And Sunday night, Main Street's annual dinner gathering, this year at the Mustard Seed Gardens barn, toasted the organization's more than 60 community events. Kudos to Main Street's executive director Chris Owens and the nonprofit's board members who work yearlong to create events for our community.
The Santa's House on the Square greeted young visitors all weekend, plus a few four-legged friends, on Saturday night.
Elsewhere in the community, Cicero's Christmas Tree Lighting Festival, in its second year, kicked off the holiday season with the arrival of Santa on a firetruck, tree lighting, kids games, facepainting, caroling, hot-chocolate bar and a movie, with donations of food dropped off at Santa's House. And in Sheridan, the holidays arrived at a Christmas on Main tree lighting Saturday night.
Westfield in Lights kick off the season with a tree lighting, pictures with Santa, train rides, gingerbread house display, reindeer petting zoo, live entertainment, live nativity, music and carriage rides through downtown Westfield. Nearby Westfield Playhouse kicked off a three-weekend run of its holiday play, "The Homecoming: Waltons' Christmas Story."
The Belfry Theatre in Noblesville ended the three-weekend holiday show, "A Christmas Cactus," with sold-out shows the last two weekends. And in Fishers, Winter Wonderland kicked off the holiday season with the arrival of Santa.
-Contact Betsy Reason at email@example.com.
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