Old St. Nick, reindeer drop by Christmas in the Park

Santa makes pit stops

OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox: A Rudolph fan pets the nose of one of Santa Claus’ famous reindeer, Dancer, during the Silver Creek Kiwanis Club’s Christmas in the Park event Saturday.

SILVER CREEK — It’s hard to believe Santa Claus would take time out of his schedule during his busiest time of year to visit tiny Silver Creek, but that’s exactly what he and Mrs. Claus did Saturday.

The jolly old elf spoke with a few hundred children, some on his lap and others (the more timid ones) in their parents’ arms, asking them what they would like for Christmas and whether they have been good all year. It was all part of the Silver Creek Kiwanis Club’s annual Christmas in the Park event.

“The weather’s looking good this year for the big trip,” Claus noted. “Rudolph’s nose is shined up nice and bright and there’s still some last-minute wrapping going on in the workshop. Everyone seems to want Hatchimals for Christmas this year! They seem to be all the rage.”

This is the 21st year that The Backline has hosted Christmas in the Park.

While Claus visited with children next to the fireplace in the lobby, families got to decorate T-shirts provided by Stitchez Unlimited and paint their faces further on in the teen dance club.

OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox: Those who attended the Silver Creek Kiwanis Club’s Christmas in the Park event Saturday had the chance to ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

“This shaped up to be a great day for the event,” Kiwanis member and Backline owner Matt Bogosian said. “This was started by the Silver Creek Chamber of Commerce many years ago, and Santa used to be in the gazebo in the park (across the street). Well, the weather got pretty cold a few years in a row, and the first year The Backline opened, they asked if we could have Santa in the lobby of our building, and we’ve hosted it here ever since.”

Four-year-old Lacey Fadale asked Claus for Barbie dolls for Christmas. She said her favorite part of Christmas is getting presents, which many other people can surely relate to.

Lacey’s mother, Angela, pointed out that Christmas in the Park is a wonderful community event.

“It’s a great thing for the kids and it brings everyone together,” she remarked.

Outside The Backline, one of Claus’ famous reindeer, Dancer, visited children with his handler, Michael Morton of Ellington’s Sun-Dance-Kids Farm. In addition, the Silver Creek Cross Country Booster Club sold hot chocolate and baked goods, with all proceeds going to the Silver Creek Food Pantry.

OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox: Children gather around one of reindeer, Dancer.

Debbie and Ellie, two black Percherons owned by Laurie and Dwayne Richardson of North Collins, gave carriage rides to event-goers around the Little League fields.

After the event, Claus headed back to the North Pole to continue preparations for his trip around the world. No word yet on whether he will give the children all the gifts they told him they wanted. After all, they better be good for goodness sake!

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Four-year-old Lacey Fadale poses with OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox: Santa Claus after telling him what she wants for Christmas.