Dozens of children filled the Thurman Town Hall recently to participate in the town’s annual Children’s Christmas Party, and judging from their expressions, they enjoyed the visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as the gifts, food and craft projects. Photo by Kathy Templeton
Thurman’s annual Children’s Christmas Party was held Dec. 14 at the Thurman Town Hall and about 80 people attended, including 45 youngsters.
Catherine Chambers, coordinator of the Warren County Youth Court, brought along three teenagers participating in the program to help with set up, serve and clean up. Chambers said that the Christmas party provided a unique experience for the Youth Court teens, as most of them had never attended a community event.
Chambers helped serve on the food line and gave instructions to her group, although little guidance was necessary as the group worked well together.
A wonderful addition to this year’s event was a trio of three young men who brought along their trumpets and played holiday tunes, which everyone enjoyed.
Zach Carpenter one of the trumpeters, said that he had not been talked into participating in the performance.
“No, I just wanted to do it,” he said. Zach’s mother, Shelley Carpenter, said that he had been practicing all week for the party. The two other youngsters who played were Scott Raymond and Robert Smith, all of Thurman.
Rita Lang brought her children, Louis and Francesca to the party. Lang’s friends Lisa and Dan Janssen also attended with their three children. All enjoyed the festivities.
There were door prizes and various giveaways at the close of the party and every child received a stocking filled with activity-oriented gifts and goodies.
This annual event is organized by the Thurman Youth Commission, which includes Myrna Keeler, Nancy Decker, Don Decker, and Bob Sheppler.