UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Santa gets festive welcome in Southport

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Santa gets festive welcome in Southport

He may not have been riding in a miniature sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer, but when Santa came to Southport Village on Thursday evening, he still made quite a clatter.
In the village center, gathered in and about Spic and Span Market, a crowd sipped hot chocolate, sang Christmas carols led by Southport Congregational Church's Rev. Paul Whitmore and welcomed old St. Nick.
He arrived standing atop a Southport fire truck, which crept up Pequot Avenue with its siren wailing and lights flashing. Santa tossed popcorn balls to onlookers and clambered down to wade among them as the truck pulled to a halt.
Kids then had a chance to sit with Santa at the Russell Agency, which offered beverages and snacks to children and adults. Others strolled over to the Robinson Cottage at 33 Main St., where owners Jamie and Karen Shugrue gave tours and provided cookies and cider.
An exclamation point was added to the evening with the lighting of the Hospice Tree of Light outside the Chase Bank branch on Pequot Avenue. READ MORE AND VIEW THE PHOTOS:

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