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12/4/2013 2:00:00 PM
Santa Arrives in the Twin Villages
Santa arrives in ther Twin Villages Nov. 30, with his helpers from Coastal Kids. (Eleanor Cade Busby photo)
Santa arrives in ther Twin Villages Nov. 30, with his helpers from Coastal Kids. (Eleanor Cade Busby photo)
Mya Bessey, 7, brought Santa a thank you note for all the wonderful work he does plus a thank you in advance for her surprises this year. (Eleanor Cade Busby photo)
Mya Bessey, 7, brought Santa a thank you note for all the wonderful work he does plus a thank you in advance for her surprises this year. (Eleanor Cade Busby photo)
By Eleanor Cade Busby


Santa Claus arrived in Damariscotta and Newcastle on Saturday. The jolly old elf has made a tradition of meeting the children of the Midcoast on the Saturday after Thanksgiving since World War II.

Over the years Santa has arrived by horse-drawn wagon, in a Studebaker convertible, on a fishing boat, a Trolley car and this year in a Jeep loaned by Newcastle Chrysler Dodge Jeep. He was accompanied by children from Coastal Kids pre-school in their holiday reds and greens.

Families of all ages and compositions lined the streets to welcome Santa. One grandmother recalled waiting for Santa herself on the corner in the 1950s. "I'm not sure just how old I was," said Marjory Parsons," but I was just as thrilled as my grand kids are today."

Parsons went on to say that although her family moved away, she "tries to make sure that every grandchild gets to be here in Damariscotta for Santa's arrival at least once with Granny."

The Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce and the Nobleboro Antique Exchange sponsored the event this year. Santa arrived on time with fire trucks preceding him down Main Street. King Eider's Pub piped holiday music out doors to accompany both the arrival and the Midcoast Dance Studio's performance group, Renys' Rockets.

Renys' Rockets danced in the streets before the Santa arrived, high kicking and tap dancing. They were cheered on by the crowds along the street.

The Lincoln Theater arranged for Santa to meet area children on the stage to make their holiday wishes known. They were treated to free cartoons at the theater after their visit.

Every child received Santa's full attention and a candy cane, with one lucky child winning a drawing for a story book and pillow featuring Curious George.

Visiting Santa was made easy by the Jolly Old Elf's gentle and kindly ways. Each child had enough special time to tell their secret wishes to Santa. Peyton Price, who is 4 1/2, solemnly explained his wishes. When asked what he had spoken about with Santa, he replied, "Well, I can't tell you. That would ruin the magic."

Three-year-old Lily Brown ran across the stage at high speed and leaped into Santa's outstretched arms.

All the children and families were invited to a free showing of "Curious George." The theater was packed with happy children when Santa took his leave promising to find them, "each and every one" on Christmas Eve.



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