Welcome, Santa! That was the way Bay Village captured the spirit of the season as Santa’s annual fire truck ride around town culminated with a festive celebration at the Community House Sunday afternoon.
Jointly sponsored by the Bay Kiwanis and the Bay Village Historical Society, the Cahoon Christmas brought together a great outpouring of community support.
“It is always a great day when Santa Claus takes time off from his busy schedule to visit Bay Village,” Bay Village Historical Society spokesman Eric Eakin said. “On behalf of the society and Bay Kiwanis, I want to thank all community groups who came out to support this event, and all the residents of Bay Village, young and old, who joined in the festivities.”
Donating wreaths for the gazebo were Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, Bay Village Education Foundation, The Knickerbocker, Friends of the Bay Library, Bay Village Women’s Club, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center and the Bay Village Garden Club. Bay Kiwanis donated the city’s official tree.
Manning booths inside the Community House were representatives from Bay Village Women’s Club, Friends of the Bay Village Library, Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Citizens for Bay Village Theater.
Performances by Citizens for Bay Village Theater and the Bay High Choraleers were highlights of seasonal entertainment. And characters from the Bay High Fairytale Foundation showed up in full costume. Village Bike Co Op was also open for crafting and tours.
Rose Hill Museum was in full holiday regalia, and offered cookies donated by Max & Erma’s. Two students won Pizza Hut gift certificates for their gingerbread houses, which were displayed at Rose Hill.
Eakin also thanked the City of Bay Village for donating a firetruck and police vehicle so Santa Claus could tour the city in style.
“Santa Claus mentioned numerous times that he enjoys coming to Bay Village and seeing our beautiful town and meeting new friends,’ Eakin said. “We look forward to welcoming him back again next year on the first Sunday in December.”