Archive for Thursday, December 16, 2004

Santa, lights shine in Baldwin City again

December 16, 2004

This time it didn't rain, the lights were shining bright, there was a little nip in the air and -- best of all -- Santa Claus made his usual appearance at the end of the fifth-annual Holiday Lights Parade Sunday in downtown Baldwin City.

Santa has always been the parade finale, arriving at the city Christmas tree in the back of the Baldwin City Fire Department's antique fire truck -- which of course, is decked out in lights. Santa hand out candy canes and ho, ho, hos with the kids, then he turns on the lights to the tree.

This year he had help from 6-month-old Abigal Patterson, daughter of Brian and Michelle Patterson. Santa held Abigal in one arm as he flipped the switch to the lights with his other hand.

"It's her first time to see Santa," Brian Patterson said. "Yes, it's real special. Too bad we forgot our camera."

There were the usual festivities before and after the parade, which once again had numerous floats, most of which depicted Christmas-related messages. There were also a few horses and a car or two. All-in-all, it went well after it had to be reschedule from the previous week because of rain.

"It was a great parade," said Bill Harmon, chamber of commerce presidents. We had lots of floats and the weather was great."

Besides the parade, the tree lighting ceremony and Santa, there were plenty of other activities going on downtown during the day Sunday and into the evening. At Stacy's Dance Studio, there was a repeat of Santa's Workshop where youngsters could pick out presents or make them. The Baldwin City Tap and Jazz Troupe also performed before and after the parade.

Over at the lumberyard, the Baldwin Community Arts Council had its annual Holiday Art Sale, along with cookies and hot chocolate for the crowd. Also on display were the plans for the Lumberyard Arts Center project which will refurbish the downtown lumberyard into an area for art and theater.

The Victorian Carolers were also strolling the downtown streets, offering up the sounds of Christmas.

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