Hometown Holiday kicks off with parade and Santa coming to town

CHESTERTOWN — With all the lights on the floats in this year’s Christmas parade here, Santa and Mrs. Claus easily found their way from the North Pole.

And all the children seated curbside along High Street had plenty of notice that they were on their way, thanks to the sirens and horns on the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company vehicles that heralded the couple’s arrival.

Santa and his lovely wife came to C’town amid much fanfare aboard a fire truck on Friday night, Nov. 24 as the final entry in one of the best and brightest holiday parades in recent memory.

There was live music, Jeeps and trucks and classic cars, floats galore — the count was close to 30 — and familiar characters such as Rudolph, Olaf and the Grinch mingling with the crowd.

This was a joint venture between the Downtown Chestertown Association and Main Street Chestertown.

The top entries in various categories were awarded cash prizes. 

Judges were Bob Matthews, Second Ward Councilman Tom Herz and 8-year-old Brielle Matus, who was “Mayor for the Day.”

The parade winners are listed here.

Band: Kent County High School Brigade of Blue marching band, first.

Vehicles: Brett Nicholson, first; Douglas Hewes, second; and Tom and Pam Rhodes, third.

Business: McKinney’s Towing, first; Eastern Shore Tents & Events, second; and Owen Excavation LLC, third.

Youth/Family: Cub Scout Pack 216, first; Chestertown Christian Academy cheerleaders, second; and Temple B’Nai, third.

Nonprofit: Church Hill Theatre, first; Friends of Engine 64, second; and Silver Heel Foundation, third.

Sponsors of the kickoff to what was billed as Hometown Holiday included Rosin Creek Collaborative, Twigs & Teacups, Stam’s Luncheonette, Ye Olde Towne Bocce League, Kent Cultural Alliance, Lodging at The Imperial, Occasions Catering & Chester River Packet Co., Bad Alfred’s Distilling, The Bookplate, Evergrain Bread Co., Chesapeake Bank & Trust and Chesapeake Investment Services, and Houston’s Dockside Emporium and Jerry Moe’s Menswear.

Just a reminder that Santa will be in his house in Fountain Park on High Street to visit with children from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 during the Dickens of a Christmas weekend.

He also will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.

Children will receive gift bags from Santa courtesy of Twigs and Teacups.

Boy Scouts of Troop 130 will take photographs of children with Santa (donation encouraged), and sell hot chocolate.

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  1. Neat thing about the internet — you can run as many photos as you want. Good job with this coverage!

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