by Terry Rogers
When Santa arrived in Milford on Saturday, November 24, his temporary home on Walnut Street had a new look. Over the past few months, volunteers have been sprucing up the building with painted murals, window boxes and new furnishings.
“Nadia Zychal painted all the murals inside the building,” Sara Pletcher, President of Downtown Milford, Inc., who sponsors the Santa House, said. “Joey Phillips and Jan Broulik of Causey Mansion donated and painted new furniture along with other décor. Marcia Reed and David Pickrell fo Gallery 37 created and donated the newly installed window boxes and window wreaths. The tree was donated by Les Progar who also created the beautiful live greenery on the doors and railing and Not Too Shabby created the sled display outside. This was definitely a team effort to provide Santa with the perfect place to talk to children about their Christmas wishes.”
Zychal, an artist who has created murals at Dover Downs as well as posters for the annual Roaring 20’s Lawn Party at Causey Mansion, was excited to create the murals inside the house.
“My inspiration came from the tapestries in the Harry Potter films,” Zychal said. “I thought that they would lend a wonderfully magical atmosphere, and the 12 Days of Christmas song just popped into my head as the perfect thematic imagery for the project. I worked in the space with Jan and Joey from Causey who really outdid themselves with the furnishings. The stars just felt right to paint on a peaked ceiling. The interior needed some love. I feel blessed to be able to make something beautiful for the children of Milford and beyond.”
Santa arrived in an antique two-seater fire engine driven by Wayne Whitney of the Carlisle Fire Department and was led into town with a Milford Police Department escort and Pickrell’s motorcycle that was loaded with gifts, reindeer antlers, and his trusty sidekick elf, Reed, in the sidecar. Santa handcrafted his suit and is looking forward to talking to children from Milford and the surrounding area.
“Merry Christmas, everyone. I am so excited to be back in town to see all the good girls and boys,” Santa said. “I arrived Saturday morning to cheering crowds, lots of hugs and oh, so many cookies. You sure know how to make a jolly old man feel welcome. I sent some of my elves ahead of me and they gussied up my house. It’s cozy, colorful and the perfect place to visit with all my friends again and hear of their holiday wishes. Christmastime in Milford is simply magical. Hohoho.”
Pletcher said that it was exciting to see the changes to the Santa House as they unfolded and praised the community for coming together to give the building an upgrade.
“We’re thrilled the community and businesses are coming together to make this an amazing experience for all children near and far,” Pletcher said.
Santa will be available through December 23 every Friday from 5 until 8 PM as well as Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM until 3 PM. Children aged 12 and under receive a free photo with Santa, a candy cane and a stocking filled with candy. The stockings were cut and sewn by First State Manufacturing and stuffed by Milford Senior Center volunteers. Visitors will also be entered into a drawing to win a Downtown Milford gift certificate.
DMI is still seeking elves to assist Santa during all shifts. Click here to sign up to be a Santa House elf and bring joy to so many children during the holiday season.
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