By Mike Lauterborn
(for Westport News)
Southport, CT – He may not have been riding in a miniature sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer, but when Santa came to Southport Village early Thursday evening, he still made quite a clatter.
In town center, gathered in and about Spic and Span Market, local residents massed, sipped hot chocolate, sang Christmas carols led by Southport Congregational Church’s Reverend Paul Whitmore and welcomed St. Nick. He arrived standing atop a Southport firetruck, which crept up Pequot Avenue with its sirens wailing and lights flashing. Santa tossed popcorn balls to onlookers and clambered down to wade among everyone as the truck pulled to a halt.
Kids then had a chance to sit with Santa as he set himself up at the Russell Agency, which offered libations and snack treats to adults and children both. Others that had gathered strolled over to the Robinson Cottage at 33 Main Street, where owners Jamie and Karen Shugrue gave tours and provided cookies and cider.
An exclamation point was added to the night with the lighting of the Hospice Tree of Light outside the Chase bank.