Stafford Winterfest brings out the revelers

By Annie Gentile - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Tue., Dec. 31, 2013
(L-r) Paul Rumore, Adina Kennedy, Paulette Chung and Richard Bansavich came out to celebrate the holidays in Stafford. Photos by Annie Gentile.
(L-r) Paul Rumore, Adina Kennedy, Paulette Chung and Richard Bansavich came out to celebrate the holidays in Stafford. Photos by Annie Gentile.

There’s no place like home for the holidays, as the song goes, and the annual Winterfest celebration in Stafford made that sentiment all the more clear.

On Sunday, Dec. 22, the Community and Civic Affairs Commission kicked off a successful and fun-filled fourth annual Winterfest celebration, complete with a parade, music and bonfire, all culminating with a gathering at Town Hall for refreshments, caroling, crafts for children, and a visit with Santa Claus.

Besides the parade participants, which included local businesses, churches, non-profits, and town committees and departments, there were also no shortage of elves, Santa Clauses, reindeer and any other holiday-themed costumes that residents felt like wearing to usher in the holidays. Seasonal tunes filled the night air, and it was not uncommon to find some of the revelers dancing on the sidewalks along the parade route.

The popular event was started in 2010 when Cindy Kabel took over as chair of the Commission. “I wanted to start a new tradition in town, and this kind of came out of my childhood memories,” she said. “When I was a little girl, my father was a fireman and I remember there being parades that included floats and marchers, and all the emergency services vehicles, with Santa arriving at the end on a fire truck. We had some new people come on board the Commission who were energetic, and so when I suggested putting together this type of thing, they said to go for it,” said Kabel.

“This is the first year we did it at dusk,” said Cindy’s husband, John Kabel, who was in charge of the bonfire set up in the Town Hall parking lot. “It’s a little more festive, and the Main Street stores can light up their storefronts. It’s a fun night and an opportunity to promote all that Stafford has to offer.”

“It’s really all about community coming together, about family and friendship,” said Cindy Kabel.


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