Santa makes a grand en­trance

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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.

Twice.

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.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

PHO­TOS BY TR­ISH MCGEE

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.”

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