Torchlight Parade a highlight of Ellington Winterfest

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Mon., Dec. 9, 2013
(L-r) Nickole, 6, Serenity, 3, and Gianna, 6, enjoy the new town Christmas tree at the Ellington Winterfest on Dec. 7. Photos by Steve Smith.
(L-r) Nickole, 6, Serenity, 3, and Gianna, 6, enjoy the new town Christmas tree at the Ellington Winterfest on Dec. 7. Photos by Steve Smith.

Ellington’s 10th annual Winterfest came off without a hitch on Dec. 6 and 7. Local residents and visitors from out of town enjoyed fairly mild temperatures and no precipitation while taking part in the many activities at the Ellington Town Green.

Winterfest Chair Ellen Karadimas said the only slight drawback for her was that a minor leg injury prevented her from reprising her role as Mrs. Claus, but otherwise, she was delighted with the number of people who attended. “I love the turnout,” Karadimas said. “It’s gone really well, and the replacement Mrs. Claus did a wonderful job.”

She added that Rudolf also made an appearance this year, after the costume was misplaced in 2012.

One of the highlights – the Torchlight Parade – brought trucks and representatives from several area towns, including Somers, Tolland, Enfield and Windham. Many people also packed into the basement of Ellington Congregational Church for some delicious comfort food (and because it was toasty warm).

Karadimas said the event would never have happened if it wasn’t for the army of volunteers, many of which have taken part since the inception of the Winterfest. “They’re phenomenal,” Karadimas said. “I’ve got the best team ever. All I have to say is, ‘We’ve got the okay,’ and they make everything happen.”

Planning for Winterfest 2014 will begin soon. For more information, visit www.ellington-ct.gov.


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