HOOPLA FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:07

Santa Claus paraded through Dundalk Village on his way to the park as part of the Holiday Hoopla. More photos on pages 10 and 11.
photo by Michael Rodman

5,000 cookies given out during holiday event 

by Nicole Rodman

It’s that time of year again — Santa Claus has come to town.
    With Mrs. Claus and reindeer in tow, Santa was the guest of honor at last weekend’s Christmas Parade and Holiday Hoopla event.
    The festivities began at 4 p.m. with a Christmas parade organized by Alan Holcomb of the Dundalk-Eastfield Recreation Council.
    The parade was led, as always, by local police and fire vehicles.
    Adding a touch of patriotism to the proceedings was the Dundalk American Legion Post 38 Color Guard as well as the Maryland Civil Air Patrol’s Osprey Composite Squadron, based at the Dundalk American Legion Post 38 headquarters.
    A number of costumed characters, including Iron Man, Shrek, Buzz Lightyear and Mickey Mouse waved as young parade-goers called out to their favorite heroes.
    A variety of local businesses contrbuted floats to the parade, including Joe’s Auto Service, Chick-fil-A, Home Depot and Kids First Swim Club.
    At the very end of the parade was the big man himself, Santa Claus, accompanied by Mrs. Claus and all nine reindeer — even Rudolph!
    As the parade concluded, the hundreds of gathered spectators began to make their way to the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation’s (DRC) Holiday Hoopla event.
     Information displays, craft vendors and children’s activities filled the street in front of the DRC office on Center Place.
    In the midst of the action, a number of U.S. Marines were on hand collecting donations for the Toys for Tots program.
    The shouts of children echoed down Center Place as a bounce house and a gingerbread playhouse provided fun for younger children.
    As attendees checked out the sights on Center Place, the 18-wheeler bearing Santa and his crew was attempting to turn onto Trading Place from Shipway.
    Though the turn was complicated by illegally-parked vehicles, after a short detour into Heritage Park the truck bearing Santa made its way to the park.
    With children anxiously awaiting their turn on Santa’s lap, St. Nick made his way off of the float and to the pavilion at the center of Heritage Park.
    DRC staff and volunteers also gave out more than 5,000 cookies during the annual Cookie Tour.
    Residents and organizations across the area submitted cookies and recipes to the DRC, which gave out the cookies, along with hot chocolate, at businesses in the Dundalk Village Shopping Center.
    The aim of the Cookie Tour was to foster a sense of community while, at the same time, promoting the businesses in the shopping center.
    “This is a way to get more businesses involved and a great way to get people into their doors,” DRC community projects coordinator Leah Bunck told The Eagle last week.
    The festivities also included the official opening of the train garden at the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society.
    According to train garden chairman Michael Andy, 1,106 attendees visited the train garden last Saturday, marking the train garden’s best opening day ever.
    Open daily from noon to 8 p.m., the train garden will be on display through Sunday, Jan. 8. Admission is free.
    For more information on the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society Train Garden, visit the web at www.
dundalktraingarden.blogspot.com or call 410-284-2331.

 

Characters from Iron Man, Toy Story and The Wizard of Oz brought cheer to young revelers.

 

 a local family stood in line for their chance to see Santa in Heritage Park.   

 DRC volunteer Izaya Smith and board member William Feuer handed out cookies to hundreds of visitors.

 

 

Members of Dundalk Youth Lacrosse waved to spectators; merry elves welcomed young and old to the annual Dundalk Christmas Parade; a

 

 Maryland Civil Air Patrol Osprey Composite Squadron.


Merry elves welcomed young and old to the annual Dundalk Christmas Parade.