Little ones light up at Columns celebration

Haunted Milford's holiday party made the teens and adults very merry too

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  • Kaelyn Redmond, Danielle Cawley, Carter Redmond, and Sarah Cawley enjoyed the party (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Gerard Gary with daughter Anastasia, who munched donuts while watching classic films and visiting with Santa (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Maria Liporace, Angelo Luporace, Chloe Kelly, and Violet Wetzel crafted special memories (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Madison Cabral rocked with a stuffed friend as the classic cartoons played (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • All the Rouses! Khloe, Rylee, Jesse, Evan and Tina enjoyed the children’s party at the Columns Museum (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Connor Breen scored a candy cane from Santa (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Brothers Matt and Noah Martin hold daughters Danielle and Arielle as they watch children’s classics in the Foundation Room (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • George Perry and daughter Stella (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • The hot cocoa station was a popular stop on a chilly evening. Eryn Kelly and her niece Kayla Kelly offered marshmallows, chocolate pieces, and whipping cream. Each child and many adults too created their own "cocoa happiness" moment. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Frances McTee, wearing antlers that she made at the crafts table, with her parents, Zack and Laureen (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Anastasia, Maria, and Carla Randazzo enjoyed the party (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • A toy train circled the tree (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Jessica Fortna holds daughter Anastazija (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • A Christmas village greeted partygoers in the Foundation Room (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Santa's ready for the party to begin. (Dennis Kelly was Santa Claus in costume for the first time in his life!) (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Elizabeth Diety, Carla Randazzo, Maria Randazzo, Chelsea Burse, and Dionne Miceli made jewelry and delightful head pieces at the crafts table. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Everyone had fun at the children’s party (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Santa Claus oversees the action in the Foundation Room (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

By Frances Ruth Harris

— Once upon a time, The Foundation Room at the Columns museum was a night club. Last Saturday night, it was the scene of another swinging good time, for kids and their families.

Hosted by Tim Kelly of Haunted Milford, the party included a hot chocolate station, movie showings, and a crafts station where children made ornaments to the sounds of Christmas music. Everyone enjoyed “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

(Those who came for “Frosty the Snowman” will have to wait until next year — the disc was not in working order.)

Children watched the Christmas classics on bean bags and laps. Santa listened to requests for what he should put under the tree this Sunday night. All the little ones making their recommendations promised Santa they had been very good indeed, all year long.

Cookies, brownies, popcorn, tiny round donuts, empanadas (beef and chicken) and cocoa kept everybody's spirits up.

Adults delighted in the festive atmosphere every bit as much as the kids did.

Editor's note: The Courier apologies for the incorrect spelling of Tim Kelly's first name in previous articles about Haunted Milford.

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