An Old-Fashioned Morning of Holiday Fun for Litchfield Families

December 12, 2014

by Len Lathrop

The Litchfield Middle School was a bustle of children and parents for Santa’s Workshop.  Many were enjoying pancakes and sausages, some were making crafts and some were listening to stories on the stage.  It was 8:30 and Santa wasn’t due to arrive until 9 a.m.  Hopefully the pictures show the wonderful little child, and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus in a Litchfield fire truck.

Pamme Boutselis, co-president of the Litchfield Women’s Club, as well as the chair of the event, helped bring light to the event’s true meaning: “I know I speak for the entire club when I say what a privilege it is to bring an old-fashioned morning of holiday fun to the families in our community.  We enjoy this event immensely and look forward to seeing returning families each year.  It’s especially nice to see the next generation of young adults bringing their own children back to their hometown so that their kids can enjoy the event they came to each year as a child.”

All proceeds from the Santa’s Workshop event are distributed through the club’s community fund, which is used to help those in need in town (donations to families, assistance with school lunches, electric bill payments, and more), as well as to provide assistance to school children throughout town.  They are alerted to needs often through the guidance department at all three schools – and donations to the Cutler Library as well.  More than $30K has been donated as a result of this event.

“We were delighted to have former selectman Pat Jewett on hand leading kids in a really fun, edible snowman craft,” Boutselis said.  “Mrs. Jewett has long been a supporter of the Litchfield Women’s Club and its mission in the community, and, in recognition of her dedication to Litchfield and her devotion to our citizens, we awarded the very first Pat Jewett scholarship this year to a graduating Litchfield senior who we felt exemplified Pat’s care for others and commitment to service.”

The Women’s Club donated pancakes and sausage, along with lots of holiday goodies to the childcare center at Marguerite’s Place in Nashua, a nonprofit transitional housing program for homeless women in crisis and their children as their workshop ended.