Santa brought the cold, wintry winds when he arrived in Pine Bush this past Saturday for the Lions Club Event at the Gazebo. The Pine Bush Fire Department happily provided transportation for Santa who was greeted by a line of children and their families that swirled from the front of the steps, across the lawn, and down the length of the parking lot. One parent shared their wait time was about 20 minutes until they could speak with Santa in person. The Crawford Police Department ensured everyone was safe and that motorists yielded for pedestrians.
When it was eight-year-old Cora’s turn to visit with Santa, her mother shared, “She got up this morning, very excited. She said, ‘Mom, it’s today,’ and I had to ask what she was talking about. ‘Santa,’ she said. She put on a dress with tights and wanted to look nice to see Santa.”
The parking lot for 65 Main Street was closed and the space was used for over 30 holiday vendors, crafters, artisans, Girl Scout and Cub Scout booths. The Lions Club accepted food pantry donations and enough toys were collected to be distributed by Toys for Tots to fill a police car.
“Thank you to Beck’s Home and Garden for the beautiful tree, Be Our Guest Party Planning provided the balloon decorations on the gazebo and Pizza Plus did the festive lights,” said Tracy Wilson, Event Organizer.
What was already a cold day led to a chilly early evening as the temperature dipped a bit more after sun set but the excitement and anticipation continued. Rosy cheeked, starry eyed little ones climbed those two big steps to sit on Santa’s lap to talk about the possibility of gifts and the holiday celebration that will soon arrive.
The Pine Bush Lions Club wants to let the adults in the community in on a little secret — if you want to see Santa on a regular basis, he is a Lion. You can come learn how you can help him (and the group) year round the at a meeting held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in the Walker Valley Schoolhouse.