On the weekend of December 8th and 9th Saint Anselm held its annual Winter Wonderland in the Academy building.
On both Saturday and Sunday, a “Christmas Fair” filled the McMahon Auditorium. While strolling around a floor to ceiling Christmas tree, shoppers had the opportunity to purchase a wonderful assortment of gifts for a loved one or for themselves: jewelry, artwork, stationery (many featuring a Bay Ridge or Brooklyn theme), fine clothing, and just plain fun toys for the kids.
“Pancakes with Santa” greeted children and parents on Saturday morning. In addition to enjoying some fun family time and a delicious breakfast with a DJ, Santa was on hand in his sleigh, during the breakfast and throughout the weekend, for doting parents and grandparents to take a picture, creating a wonderful souvenir.
On Sunday, there was “Gingerbread Lane”, with parents and children enjoying the opportunity to create their own personal gingerbread house or person – decorated with sugar icing, gumdrops and an assortment of candies. What wonderful memories these two events will provide for both the children and the parents and grandparents.
Throughout the weekend Saint Anselm’s Boy Scout Troop 13 and Girl Scout Troops 2332 & 2439 staffed the canteen in the cafeteria offering shoppers, parents, and children the opportunity to enjoy a meal, a cup of coffee, or just a place to sit and rest their feet.
“Thank you” to the wonderful Winter Wonderland Committee, chaired by Jeanine Condon, Seamus Lavin, Michele Soto and Barbara Thomas, as well as to the many volunteers: Jim Condon, Jack Condon, Melissa and Brendan Lavin, Antonio Soto, Gabi Soto, Sami Soto, John C. Thomas, Kiera Thomas, John W. Thomas, Sandy Thomas, Richie and Dylan McMahon, Greg Lane, Mary Corsi, Laura Meoli, Katie, Bill, Kate and Meghan Dean, Christine Deem, Eileen White, Andrew White, Noreen White, Regina McPadden, Maureen DeStefano, Julia and Sean Gabriellini, Gianna Capialbi, Eileen Loughlin, John Owen, Mike DiRienzo, Paul Muccigrosso, May and Dylan Hickman, Christina and Nicholas Caputo, and John Anthony Ingravallo, who gave so generously of their time and energy, as well as the support by Msgr. Maloney and the parishioners for making this wonderful Winter Wonderland weekend a success.
Proceeds from the event will assist in funding the educational programs offered by Saint Anselm Catholic Academy. For more information about the Academy and its wonderful educational opportunities, visit the SACA Facebook page or go to www.sacany.org.
All the best,
The Saint Anselm Publicity Committee