NEW FRANKLIN A long standing Christmas celebration returned after about a 10 year hiatus in New Franklin.
Weather for the event was the definition of perfect, though un-Christmas-like, with temperatures reaching 63 degrees and plenty of sunshine on Dec. 2.
The Community Christmas Open House at the Tudor House, 655 Latham Lane, brought a large turnout and that is what the city was hoping for. The city estimates more than 500 people attended the three-hour open house.
New Franklin is hoping to grow interest in the Tudor House, which sits right on Turkeyfoot Lake, to have more people utilize the facility. The city is also hoping to involve the community more in the Tudor House through events.
Mayor Paul Adamson said the event was a collaboration of being organized by the city and the Tudor House Advisory Council. He noted all the help to make the event happen was done by volunteers.
"We wanted to have a community event so the community can see what kind of gem this is," Adamson said.
Adamson said the city has been working to promote the Tudor House more and trying to find different uses for the property. The city is promoting the property as a great place to have weddings, receptions, parties, showers and business meetings.
Adamson said he is happy to see the Christmas event return after being gone for so many years.
"A lot of hard work is going into this," Adamson said.
Adamson said he was hearing form many people about how their children performed at the event 10 to 15 years ago.
Throughout the event there were various performances including the St. Francis de Sales School Youth Choir, Coventry High School Chamber Ensemble and Manchester High School Singers.
The event also featured performances from Davey Squires and John Kline, Todd and Bethany McKenney, Anthony Adamson Combo and story time with Buddy the Elf Justin Elder.
There were also countless cookies and refreshments to enjoy along with kids crafts and coloring. Children also had an opportunity to take part in several reindeer games.
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were also present for families to have the opportunity to take a photo. The event concluded with a tree lighting with Pastor Dale Gharky.
Councilman Jim Cotts said the event was fabulous and he was happy to see the tradition started up again. He said he is looking forward to this event continuing in the future along with other events at the Tudor House.
Adamson said the weather couldn’t have been better and he thanked the Lord for such a great day.