To the editor:
Overwhelming is all anyone can say regarding the turnout at the 3rd Annual Knights of Columbus Family Christmas Festival held at Service Credit Union Heritage Park. A countless number of children and adults visited Heritage Park. The Nativity Scene adorned the Filer’s Shack! The decorations surrounding the Logging Camp Village were fantastic! Service Credit Union set up games and prizes and hosted many very special tables for the children in the Hovel. Fun and games were had by all who stopped by to visit the Service Credit Union game tables! A special thank you goes out to the Service Credit Union employees who offered games and prizes to the children!
Santa & Mrs. Claus set up shop in the Bosses Shack where children stopped by to say hi to Santa and Mrs. Claus and to share their Christmas wishes. A special thanks to Michael Bump and Lillian Lafleur for their help! Outdoors, Christmas songs could be heard throughout the Park over a PA system loaned from the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce where all enjoyed free marshmallows roasting over an open fire, free hot chocolate and free hayrides provided by the Knights of Columbus all evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who climbed aboard for the ride! Thank you to Dick Merrill for the use of his generator!
A beautiful Christmas Village was set up in the Blacksmith Shop by Jonathan and Jill Dubey! One could not count how many ornate buildings made up the Blacksmith Shop Christmas Village. The Cookhouse was brightly decorated and volunteers were busy serving delicious foods for all to enjoy. Special friends of the Knights sold loads of homemade desserts donated by so many wonderful people and we are all so thankful for all they did! People were chatting and passing the time of day.
The Family Christmas Festival could not have happened without the help of our very generous supporters! The Knights of Columbus wish to offer a heartfelt and grateful thank you to our Title Sponsor, Service Credit Union and all of our sponsors; Berlin City Dealerships, Northway Bank, Chapman Scrap Metal & Recycling, Morrissette Financial Center, Absolute Power Sports, Berlin Marketplace, Bryant Funeral Homes, Caron Building Center, Eugene M Kruysman DMD, Edward Jones, Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, Smith & Town Printers, Town & Country Inn & Resort, Bank of NH, Labonville Inc. and Northland Restaurant & Dairy Bar. Special thanks to Norm Grondin for the homemade fishing traps and Bob Lemelin’s Christmas Wreaths & Balls.
In closing the Knights of Columbus offer a big thank to all who stopped in and to all who volunteered their time which so dearly helped to fulfill our mission to donate to charitable needs and projects. Knights volunteer much of their time to charitable causes. We undertake these acts of charity because we see those in need through the eyes of faith. The Knights of Columbus approach these acts of charity together. Pope Benedict XVI calls this the “practice of love...as a community.”
Thanks again and we wish you a very Merry Christmas!
On behalf of the Berlin/Gorham Knights of Columbus Council 506