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Kringleville's 44th Season Comes to a Successful End
My Dear Friends,
Well, the 2013 Kringleville Season has come to an end, 2014 is here and the Christmas Season will officially be over as of January 6th. As always, it was a wonderful and very successful Christmas season at Kringleville. I loved seeing all your warm and smiling faces during my 44th visit to Downtown Waterville, Maine. Our new home in The Center was a huge success and we saw nearly 5,000 children and over a thousand families come through our doors.
Of course an endeavor like this does not happen without the generous time, support and help of our volunteers and sponsors. I am more and more amazed each and every year with all those who step forward to make this long running tradition happen. I must first begin by thanking the organization that has brought me to Waterville for the last eight years: Waterville Main Street. In a time when so many communities are cutting back their holiday festivities, Waterville Main Street is dedicated to making Waterville a special place to see Mrs. Claus, my elves and me. We must also say a very special thank you to REM for jumping on board and being a committed partner in bringing Kringleville to our new home in The Center. The use of The Forum space was a nice and warm place for all our visitors to wait to see me. A special thank you goes out to the owners and staff of Holy Cannolli for keeping Mrs. Claus, the elves and myself hydrated and fed during our days at Kringleville. We are also appreciative to Marden's and the Mid Maine Chamber of Commerce for donating the wonderful children's books that we were able to distribute. We also must thank Central Maine Photography for their continued dedication to the children of Central Maine. A special thank you goes out to the small free newspapers who give us such wonderful coverage each and every year and to the Morning Sentinel for all their years of commitment to what we do for the Children of Maine and beyond. To all those who participated in the 8th Annual Parade of Lights and who donated vehicles, flatbeds and who organized the parade, you make this holiday tradition a huge success. Each year the parade gets longer and brighter. A special thank you always goes out to Mr. Chuck Lakin for all his handy work and to the City of Waterville for lighting up the Giant Spruce, putting up the Kringleville sign and snowflakes up down Main Street. None of this is possible without the generous donations and sponsorship from local businesses. We already have many on board for the 2014 season. To all those who participated in the Kringleville Auction in October at the Silver Street Tavern, we say thank you for your continued support. I am certain I am forgetting someone in all of this, but please know that the Kringleville Committee, who are all volunteers I might add, could not continue this annual Christmas tradition without each of you. I can not spread my message of Hope, Love and Kindness without all of you. Just know you are all in my heart and prayers each day of the year.
With that in mind, I begin my work here at the North Pole, in earnest, for the 2014 Christmas Season and the volunteers at Waterville Main Street begin their work of assessing, planning and organizing the 2014 Kringleville Season. They have heard your comments and concerns and are now working to make things even better. My volunteer elves have shared many of their ideas with me and I am certain you will all be delighted with how Kringleville will continue to grow and with how downtown Waterville will sparkle once again the way it did many years ago. I have no doubt that my 45th Anniversary will be another memorable year. I look forward to seeing you all at the Parade of Lights on Friday, November 28th, 2014 as I make my way down Main Stree one more time. You can always stay up-to-date by checking out the Kringleville.com website as well as the Waterville Main Street and Kringleville Facebook pages. Remember, volunteers are always welcome and that Kringleville can only happen when people step up to do the work. It is an incredible way to give back to the children and to the community so many of you call "HOME." Every one is capable of being one of my wonderful elves. Happy New Year Year to all of you. May 2014 be one filled with Love, Happiness, Good Health and Prosperity and may you all know that I love you all, with all my heart. Let us all remember that Peace will only prevail when we can honestly keep love and kindness in our hearts and when we can treat others with the love and respect we all deserve. This is my greatest wish for all of you today and everyday . Remember my elves are always watching you.
Until We Meet Again...,