When we lit the memorial tree in the Kinsale Gazebo on Dec. 3, it was filled with 92 angels – the longest-ever list by far. What a year of transfiguration this has been! So VERY many deeply loved friends and relatives have left us with the promise to watch over us from above… and to encourage US to watch over others here below.
You have REALLY stepped up to the plate this year with more than 15 bins of gifts to be shared with senior citizens through Social Services. I fully believe it was our departed angels’ inspiration that sparked our biggest ever Christmas in Kinsale fund-raiser for our less fortunate neighbors.
Well, also, maybe because there were so many horses and ponies clipclopping around Town. Didn’t that just make you feel like old-fashioned goodness was everywhere? When Sgt. Pepper and Amore trekked along beside a golden carpet of fallen gingko leaves and came to a corner, they looked both ways before ushering their awed passengers onward in a splendid conveyance — with their Hundley’s Carriages coachpersons in elegant full regalia.
In other equine news, kids had so much fun riding on Bubbles. And what about very fancily dressed wee Biscuit, the miniature pony belonging to Jorie Bramblett of Reedville, who was photographed whilst murmuring into the ear of The Great Elf himself at Gray Barn Antiques? Santa Claus laid down the law on that one, swearing this writer to secrecy as to his email address while commanding that we forward him the pix of their communion.
The live music from the folks in the 11-21 Club (Cindy Newman Washburn, Robert Headley, David Parr and Adam Wilkins) and from Sharon Mann wove a halo of beauty around the day’s events, well-narrated by announcer Bill Lewis.
Veanie Combs-Pounds from Brandywine, Md. and her friends Susan Rafeew and Pat Erkenbrach from Colonial Beach were among those enjoying the two rejuvenated benches in front of the Gazebo — refurbished by Larry Chase with new wood as their seats had gone almost to splintereens.
Pastor Paul Jones of Zion Baptist eloquently invoked God’s watchful care for us all, as family members joined hands around the tree in memory of their loved ones.
Teeny, tiny 26-day-old Ryleigh Hutt was on hand to observe her brother Camden’s name being drawn as one of the winners of four bikes donated by the Kinsale firefolks. Eva Pickett, age 2, came from Warsaw to pick hers up a couple days later and was totally awed by its splendor. Savannah Tolson and Porter Taylor, both of whom have reached the ripe old age of 8, are just the right size for their new steeds. Porter lives in Arbutus, Md. and you could have heard him squealing all the way there when his Aunt Janie and Uncle Bill Kwedar shared the news with the Taylors, who have been to four of the past five Christmases in Kinsale.
The parade featured not only Cople Problemsolves and LOTS of kids, focusing on Safety, but ALSO Santa on an antique firetruck, as well as a big black SWAT team thingy that belongs to the Sheriff’s Department. It surely to the Lord is as big as a tank.
Read more in this week’s edition of the Westmoreland News.