By Erin Beck, Editor
Lumberport — Rainy weather didn’t keep people from Lumberport and nearby areas from attending a Christmas festival Saturday.
Attendees bought food and crafts from vendors inside the old fire department building during the drizzle. Outside, they lined up along the street to listen to performers while children wrote letters to Santa and toasted s’mores.
Rebecca Jones and three members of the Key Club community service group from Lincoln High School helped with the Letters to Santa station. Children made “reindeer food” from oats and glitter — the glitter was to attract the reindeer, Jones said.
Shannon Lopez, organizer of Lumberport Fest, set up a snowmaking station. Children made mock snow from baking soda and shaving cream and formed it into snowmen.
Saturday was Lumberport’s first holiday festival. Beatrice Woolard, who was there with her 6-year-old great-nephew Bradon Hann, appreciated it.
“I hope they continue to have it next year,” she said. “It’s good for the kids.”
Lopez said she organization the event “since COVID has been around for the last year and a half, for everybody to kind of get together again as a community and just celebrate a nice holiday.”
She said local people were already talking about holding a similar event next year.
“It’s kind of like a little reunion as well,” she said. She noted people were also running into friends they hadn’t seen in some time.
Olivia Spino sang seasonal songs, including “Let It Snow,” for onlookers on Main Street.
“We need to make the snow to get rid of all this rain,” Lopez said to one of the kids. “Don’t we need a white Christmas?”
Even so, Lopez said the crowd had been steady. Dozens of people were there at about 5 p.m. The event started at 1 p.m., and a parade was scheduled for 6 p.m.