Windsor to welcome Santa

Published 10:54 am Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Santa Claus will be a busy man this Saturday just in Windsor alone.

For starters, children can meet him for breakfast. Later that afternoon he’ll be a part of the town’s first Christmas parade, followed by attending the annual tree-lighting ceremony, where he’ll have a little more time to hear youngsters’ wishes.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Windsor Library, the morning meal will be from 8 to 10 o’clock in the Windsor Community House, 14 Community Drive. The cost is $3 per person, and breakfast includes pancakes, sausage and a drink. There’s also an opportunity to visit and have your picture taken with Santa.

Patty Fleming, councilwoman, said there will be free books for everyone, and that the Woman’s Club of Windsor have a Santa Shop to do free wrapping.

Speaking of him, Fleming noted that Saturday is St. Nicholas Day.

Fittingly then, “The Gifts of Christmas” will be the theme for the parade, which begins at 4 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 7, starting at 2 p.m. The lineup will go from Holland Drive to Roberts Avenue to Church Street to Duke Street and end at the Windsor High School parking lot that’s across from the Windsor Library.

Fleming suggested people arrive early to get a good spot to see everything. So far, she added, there are 20 entries scheduled. Those participating need to be lining up starting at 3 p.m. and ready to go starting at the Farmer’s Bank.

Vice Mayor Wesley Garris will serve as the Grand Marshal for the parade.

“You’ve served 43-, 44-, 45-years. This is your year to shine,” Fleming said she told him. “He graciously accepted.”

She added that Mayor Carita Richardson will also be attending.

The tree-lighting ceremony will be by the gazebo next to the library, where, as mentioned before, Santa could drop by for awhile longer.

“I think it will be fun,” Fleming said of the day’s events.