Santa makes a grand entrance
CHESTERTOWN — After making his traditional arrival in Chestertown atop a fire truck Saturday morning as the guest of honor in the holiday parade, Santa Claus walks to his house in Fountain Park. He stopped to talk to children and pose for photographs before settling in. His office hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the next three Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8 and 15.
CHESTERTOWN — Santa came to town last week.
He made his traditional arrival by fire truck Friday night as children filled the street in the area of Fountain Park to get their first look at Jolly Old St. Nick.
And then on Saturday morning, he was the main attraction of the holiday parade downtown.
The weather was winter-appropriate, cold and overcast, but Santa and all the parade entries received a warm welcome.
Parade winners are listed here. BAND: Kent County High School marching band, first; and Kent County Community Marching Band, second.
FLOAT: University of Maryland Extension, 4-H Youth Development, first; E.L.B. Incorporated, second; and Main Street Chestertown, Dickens of a Christmas, third.
CLASSIC CAR: Jeff Maguire’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird, first; Meghan Efland’s 1968 Mercedes 200D, second; and Jay White’s four-door 1971 Pontiac Catalina, third.
MARCHING UNIT: Chestertown Christian Academy cheerleaders, first; Cub Scout Pack 253, second; and Garfield Center for the Arts, third.
It looks a little like Christmas, briefly, as a confetti-launcher sprays the crowd Saturday morning during the Chestertown holiday parade.
Saturday’s holiday parade in downtown Chestertown also was a reunion for Kent County High School classmates (Class of 2001) Julie Rice Blyman of Worton and Thomas Gross of Virginia Beach, Va. Seated in front, from left, are 5-year-old triplets Oliver, Adele and Gardner Blyman; Derek Gross, 11; Rielle Gross, 4; and Jada Gross, 8.
Rudolph, The Grinch, elves and other holiday characters lead off Saturday’s parade in downtown Chestertown.
Cub Scouts of Pack 253 collect canned goods and other non-perishables for the Kent County Christmas Basket Committee as they walk the parade route Saturday.
Andrew Easterling, foreground, and members of the Kent County High School marching band perform for the judges Saturday. The high school’s Brigade of Blue took first place among bands.
Chestertown Christian Academy’s cheerleaders are the judges’ choice for best marching unit.
A reminder of Christmas past is this 1963 Mercury Monterey S-55 Breeze with Brett Nicholson at the wheel.
Linda Cooke holds the sheet music for Kent County Community Marching Band trumpet player Joe Diamond. The band played holiday music for about an hour Friday to set the mood for Santa’s arrival at 7 p.m. the night before the parade.
Kent County 4-H’ers wow the crowd with their first-place float. Their theme is, “Down on the Farm.”