December 14 & 15, 2019 – Winter Wonderland

On the weekend of December 14th and 15th Saint Anselm held its annual Winter Wonderland in the Academy building.

On both Saturday and Sunday, a “Christmas Fair” filled the McMahon Auditorium with a wonderful craft fair selection of gifts – jewelry, art work, clothing and knitted items, stationery, photography, lighted decorative bottles, and just plain fun toys for the kids. All the while, shoppers had the opportunity to visit Candy Land and other booths selling items especially selected to appeal to the younger crowd. Children were also entertained with a bounce house and an arts and crafts booth – and, of course, a chance to visit Santa.

“Pancakes with Santa” greeted children and parents on Saturday morning. A delicious breakfast was paired with some family fun time – dancing to music provided by a DJ, as well as an assortment of games, activities and toys. Santa was on hand in his sleigh for youngsters to put in that last minute request for something “special” while parents and grandparents had an opportunity to snap a wonderful souvenir photo.

Throughout the weekend Saint Anselm’s Boy Scout Troop 13 staffed the canteen in the cafeteria offering shoppers, parents, and children an enjoyable meal, or just a place to sit and rest their feet. “Thank You” to all the scout volunteers, especially: Christine Brzezinski, Mirek Brzezinski, John Cafiero, Joe Corda, Harry D’Onofrio, Adam Freidman, Gene Hart, Jim McMenemy, Paul Muccigrosso, Leif Pedersen, Nicholas Podias, Roland Roberts, Leah Scott, Alex, Charles, Christian, David, Edward, Elijah, Thomas, Matthew, Isabella, and Justine. During the weekend the Troop welcomed the Peace Light from Bethlehem, received by the Troop at Our Lady of the Skies Chapel, Kennedy Airport, and distributed to scout troops throughout the United States and around the world as a symbol of the Advent Season.

“Thank you” to the wonderful Winter Wonderland Committee, chaired by Jeanine Condon, Michele Soto, and Barbara Thomas, and the fantastic volunteers – Meng Burkhardt, Christina Cafiero, Eileen Loughlin, and Eileen White, who made all the magic happen.

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

All the best,

The Saint Anselm Publicity Committee

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