Winterfest warms up chilly evening

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Mon., Dec. 3, 2012
Sisters Avery, 6, and Brooke, 4, enjoy the lighted Rudolph sculpture at the Ellington Winterfest celebration on Dec. 1. Photos by Steve Smith.
Sisters Avery, 6, and Brooke, 4, enjoy the lighted Rudolph sculpture at the Ellington Winterfest celebration on Dec. 1. Photos by Steve Smith.

Not a creature was stirring on the Ellington Town Green on Dec. 1, except for the hundreds of local residents who took part in the Ellington Winterfest festivities. Patricia Stoughton was emcee and kept things running like clockwork, as town officials made brief remarks.

First Selectman Maurice Blanchette thanked the volunteers and town staff for making the Saturday evening event possible, including the Public Works Department, for decorating the green with holiday lights. "On behalf of the town of Ellington," Blanchette said, "I'd like to thank the committee. We should also appreciate the various groups that bring the fun to Winterfest."

"Did you ever notice that some nights, the moon is so bright and large that it lights up everything, almost like daylight?" said Board of Education Chariman Dan Keune. "We tend to look at it because it's so special. Things in life, at times, just draw us in awe." Keune called the Winterfest a "day to come together and celebrate the season, and each other."

Teacher Tim Adams led fourth-graders from Crystal Lake and Center Schools as they sang Christmas carols, including "Jingle Bells" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."

After the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and Frosty the Snowman, people enjoyed the lighting of the town Christmas tree, and then the holiday activities at the Hall Memorial Library, the Nellie McKnight Museum and other places. The basement of the Ellington Congregational Church was a popular spot for comfort food like grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as a place to warm up before the torchlight parade.
 


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