Santa Claus Lights Charlestown’s Christmas Tree

IMG_0382Over 200 children, parents, and grandparents gathered in front of Charlestown’s Town Hall to help Santa Claus light the Town’s Christmas Tree. While waiting for Santa, the Chariho Middle School chorus, under the direction of Lynn Dowding, entertained the growing crowd. Many availed themselves of refreshments served under the tent.

SantaAnnounced by blaring sirens, Santa arrived by a fire engine and greeted the eager boys and girls with a hearty “Ho Ho Ho.” Parks and Recreation Director Jay Primiano and Santa led the countdown to the tree lighting.

IMG_0395Santa Claus paraded the children to the Council Chambers and listened to their requests for the holiday. What touched Santa the most was a request from a young man for something for his mother. Santa commented to Parks and Recreation’s Program Manager Vicky Hilton, “Charlestown should be proud of their well behaved and considerate youth, and I especially thank those at the end of the line for their patience.”

Blake Filippi finds the perfect gift

Charlestown’s Troop 15, with approximately 15 scouts working toward Eagle, provided complimentary Christmas decorations for trees at home and passed out raffle tickets for the donated gingerbread houses. Representative elect Blake Filippi visited their table and found something just right for his tree.

Under the supervision of scoutmaster Jim Dzwil, the scouts will raise money for their troop at the St. Andrew’s Church Bazar on December 13 by selling baked goods and lunches for the shoppers. The event runs from 9 AM to 2PM and features homemade crafts and gifts from many vendors. The Troop appreciates community support as much as the community appreciates theirs.