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2014-12-03 / Front Page

Ken-Ton Holiday Sing-Along embodies Christmas spirit

by CHRIS GRAHAM
Reporter

This Friday, Christmas songs will fill the air at Crosby Field, as the annual Holiday Sing-Along takes over the grounds.

Sponsored by the Village of Kenmore, the Town Parks, the Town of Tonawanda Youth and Recreation Department and the Kenmore Merchants Association, everyone is encouraged to take part in performing the holiday tunes.

The event gets underway at 6:30 p.m. with singing beginning at 6:45 p.m. and an appearance by Santa at 7 p.m.

The event also features a bonfire and hot chocolate and donuts from Dunkin Donuts.

“It’s a lot of fun, people look forward to it,” said Dennis McDonald, a Youth Bureau administrator. “The bonfire is always a big hit. It’s usually a good sized bonfire and we usually have a nice crowd that like to sit around the bonfire and, of course, listen to the kids sing and sing along, as well.”

McDonald said one of the wings of the showmobile will project the words to the various songs to create the caroling atmosphere.

McDonald said the children will sing for 15 minutes, until Santa is dropped of by a Kenmore Fire Department fire truck. After that, Christmas music is continuously playing for the duration of the event.

In addition to Santa’s appearance, there are several costume characters, including a snow bear, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a snowman and a fuzzy dog.

With the bonfire and caroling being big attractions, McDonald said everyone stays to see Santa.

“Santa Claus takes his time, it’s not like we rush him through,” he said. “He sits down and finds out what the kids really want for Christmas. He’s not on a timed schedule.”

With Santa making another trip into the area after his arrival last week, McDonald said he’ll see families take in both events, but added that some will do one and not the other.

For those hoping to continue in the holiday spirit, the town will present Breakfast with Santa Claus at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Senior Citizen Center.

Admission to the sing-along is free and parents can have their child’s picture taken with Santa or any of the other holiday characters.

For more information on the Holiday Sing-Along, visit www.villageofkenmore.org.

email: cgraham@beenews.com

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