As if it was a tradition that went back centuries Santa Claus came to visit Rockport today.
On the way to the harbor:
Time’s a wasting. Santa will be there at 3:45PM
The crowd packs the wharfs in the harbor as Santa’s arrival is just moments away:
Harbormasters Rosemary Lesch and Scott Story lead the way, the Freemantle Doctor with Santa, and the Coast Guard protecting the rear:
It’s SANTA!!! It’s SANTA!! It’s SANTA!!!
The crowd goes wild as Santa pulls into Bradley Wharf:
Santa thanks the skipper Mike Tupper of the Freemantle Doctor for the smooth ride while his mother-in-law Nancy McDowell looks on. (Nancy was the one who convinced us that Rockport was the best place on earth to live.) :
Low tide so Santa needs a bit of a goose up the ladder:
Carolers warm up the crowd as Santa makes his way down Bearskin Neck:
Dock Square is cheek to jowl of children all of which swore they had been nice and not naughty:
Santa’s ride is a vintage 1941 Fire Truck. Why buy new when used will do?
The countdown 3, 2, 1
A burst of light as the tree is lit.
Time to refill the hot toddy mug.