Carolers greet Frosty at Davis Park
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Danielson - posted Tue., Dec. 6, 2011
Killingly High School Choral Director Pam Rodgers and her merry band of singers led a Davis Park crowd in Christmas carols on Dec. 2. The event is an annual one for the Killingly Chorale, and one to which Rodgers looks forward. She and her company led by enthusiastic example, convincing the crowd to join in. For those unsure of the words, songbooks were available.
The popular carols are part of the group's permanent repertoire, according to Rodgers. “Music is important for so many reasons,” she said. “First of all, it speaks to everyone, regardless of what their language is. It affects us emotionally. It 's something that people do together. It brings people together. It's something that is positive. You tend to feel better after you sing.”
The children and adults in attendance proved her point. They watched while she directed. They laughed at her antics. They sang. She led them in a rousing rendition of a song they got to stamp their feet to.
“It makes people happy,” Rodgers said. “That's the thing. You get children for an event like this and you can see it their eyes. You get them involved. It's fun.”
The singing led to the highlight of the evening, as Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer marched down Main Street to join the crowd. Led by a Killingly Parks and Recreation truck pulling a trailer with an inflatable snowman, the real Frosty and Rudolph marched and waved to a crowd that grew to more than 400.
Behind them, and with police escort, a group of small marchers fell in step with the festive parade. The crowd in Davis Park lined the edge of Main Street to watch them arrive. As soon as they did, long lines formed so that children could have their pictures taken with Frosty and Rudolph. Longer lines formed for those who wanted to sit with Santa and Mrs. Claus on the steps of the gazebo. With glittering white snowflakes hanging behind them, and lit candy canes lighting the paths, children were able to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas.
Members of the Danielson Rotary Club were on hand to pass out hot chocolate and cookies to revelers. “We do anything to help the community,” said Rotary President Sheryl Kempain. She and several Rotary members dished out goodies complements of the Recreation and Parks Department. The Imperial Room mixed the hot chocolate.
Recreation Director Tom Dooley watched the crowd as they lined up to see Santa. “This started out as a small event,” he said. “It's great to see so many people come out and enjoy the lights and the singing.” His crew was on hand to help manage the throngs clamoring to see Santa.
As the evening drew to a close, families left the park, passing the lighted Christmas trees and decorated monuments and life-size statues of the nativity scene.