Holiday spirit and cheer were present in abundance Friday evening at the second annual Snowflake Festival at Chief Hiawatha Park on North Beverwyck Road. About 75 people—moms, dads and kids—were in attendance at the Christmas-themed event. Area Girl Scout and Brownie troops entertained the throng with holiday carols.
The free event featured a visit by Santa Claus, who arrived on a Lake Hiawatha Volunteer Fire Department truck and then talked with queued boys and girls about what they'd like to receive for Christmas.
Seen at the event were Mayor James Barberio and Township Council member Jonathan Nelson.
The evening was sponsored and organized by the Friends of Lake Hiawatha, an organization founded in 2011 by area citizens including Brenda Boch Barberio, the mayor's wife, to raise funds for Christmas decorations for the neighborhood. North Beverwyck Road is lined with snowflake lights that were purchased by FLH.