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Santa highlight's town's celebration

December 13, 2003|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Luminaires lined the paths at Boonsboro's Shafer Park Friday night and Christmas lights wrapped around trees and the frames of pavilions.

Live holiday music played in the background as crowds of parents and their children - bundled in snowsuits, puffy coats, scarfs and gloves - took in the sights of the town's Olde Tyme Christmas.

"I think this is great that they do this for the kids," said Kathy Nagl of Boonsboro. "This is terrific. They do a lot of stuff around here for the families that live in the area."

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The Boonsboro High School Band, Rohrersville Band, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph and others marched in a parade in front of the park to kick off the holiday celebration.

Caroling, a live nativity and snacks also were part of the event.

But the night's main attraction?

"Santa!" children yelled and waived when they spotted the white-bearded man in a red suit riding atop a Boonsboro firetruck at the end of the parade line.

Shortly afterward, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus settled down in a park pavilion alongside a yule log and a Christmas tree to pose for pictures and listen to what children were hoping to receive on Christmas morning.

Nagl said her 5-year-old granddaughter, Natalie McHale, was excited about sitting on Santa's lap.

"It's beginning to sink in what this is all about," Nagl said of her granddaughter.

Dozens of adults and children stood in line to see Santa. Most of the kids walked away with smiles as they hopped off his lap and back to their parents.

"I asked him for the DVD "Holes," said 11-year-old Carolyn Snyder of Boonsboro. "He said that I maybe I'll get it."

"If you're good," her father, Bob Snyder pitched in.

Along with his daughter, Bob Snyder was accompanied by his wife, Beth, and 7-year-old son, Sean, who also sat on Santa's lap.

"It's a good community event," Bob Snyder said. "It's nice that Boonsboro does this."

Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kaufmann, greeted spectators and handed out candy canes.

He said the town's Park Board spent a lot of time organizing the event, and town employees helped to decorate.

Kaufmann also said he was grateful for the large crowd that attended.

"I'm pleasantly surprised with the turnout tonight," Kaufmann said. "It's great. Every time the town has an event here, we get the full support of the citizens."

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