Despite having to move ol’ St. Nick inside to keep him from getting wet, the City of Russellville’s Christmas went ahead with its plans Monday, hosting the annual Santa is Coming to Town event. Only this year it was held at the city’s parks and recreation department at the old national Guard Armory due to weather.
“We had a great time,” said Jan Robbins, the city’s long-serving clerk. “Even though we had to move the event because it rained, it still drew in a good crowd and a great time was had by all.”
It was estimated that 250 plus showed up to greet Santa Claus, drink hot coco, and share in that festive time of year.
According to Robbins, even though the transition inside went well, it wasn’t without a lot of hard work to get it done.
“Glenda Boisseau did a wonderful job decorating at the last minute,” said Robbins. Boisseau has been working for the city for years, and when told the event would be moving from the Carrico Square to the Armory, she jumped into motion and got it done.
“We cannot thank all of those who helped make this evening a success. From Glenda and Kenny Gregory (parks supervisor), to Santa Claus himself, the community was able to continue with its plans to attend despite the change,” Robbins said.
Mayor Mark Stratton says he and the city employees look forward to this time of year.
“It is a time to reflect and celebrate our Savior’s birth and a time to come together as a community to welcome one another,” said Stratton. The mayor said he likes the “old-timey feeling” during the holidays, reminiscent of the television show Andy Griffith, where citizens care for one another, and help one another out all year round.
“We have this event because we want to gather together all of our community, to remember what is important and to keep the true meaning alive, as well as to be appreciative of all the blessings we receive from Him throughout the year,” Stratton added.
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