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Santa Fest a hit with children

TICONDEROGA Holiday excitement filled the Community Building as the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce hosted Santa Fest Dec. 2. About 300 children joined with parents, grandparents and others to visit Santa, make holiday ornaments, enjoy snacks, hear Christmas music and more. Its great, said Bonnie White of the chamber, who chaired the Santa Fest planning committee. We have a great turn out and everyone seems to be having fun. Santa Fest featured a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, a community tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment by Ti Idol performers, refreshments and activities, such as ornament making, tree decorating, making of holiday cards and balloon art. Santa-Fest follows last years Enter-Train-Ment Spectacular, sponsored by the chamber. That event was held as a prelude to the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train in Ti. This year the train, covered with hundreds of holiday lights and carrying a live Christmas show, arrived on Dec. 3. We couldnt work it out with the train, but we still wanted to hold an event so we changed the name to Santa Fest, White explained. We want to make this our festival every year, adding things and making improvements as we go. Jesse Agee, 11, of Crown Point, attended with thoughts of the approaching holiday. Its really nice, he said, explaining he had not yet seen Santa. I want a Simple Plan CD and a real gun. I want to get my license and learn to hunt. Pam Nolan, chamber president, was in charge of Christmas tattoos at Santa Fest. She was kept busy by a long line of children, although she was quick to offer tattoos to adults as well. Deb Malaney, chamber executive director, greeted children at the Community Building entrance, handing out holiday goodies bags. Joining White on the Santa Fest committee were Nolan, Malaney, Wendy and Ray Burroughs, Stan Burdick, Scarlette Merfeld and Matt Courtright. Also helping were Tammy Snyder, who coordinated music, and John Watts, Bill Norton and Ed Sennerville of the Ticonderoga Fire Department, which decorated the tree outside the Community Building. Assisting the planning committee was a group of Ticonderoga High School students who helped children with crafts. They included Samantha Sharrow, Morgan Jordan, Aileen Granger, Mike Talbott, Ben Denno, Katie McBride, Samantha Cawley, Bill Hermann, Sarah Facteau, Riana Millington and Courtney Keller. We couldnt do this without the high school students, White said. Theyre a great help. Watching children run from place to place, Joan Miller, chamber past president, smiled. This is awesome, she said. This is a wonderful event for the community.

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