Less Traveled

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Timeless traditions

Posted 11/26/2012 1:36:00 PM

When I was a little girl, our Saturday-after-Thanksgiving tradition was to drive to Treasure City (an early version of Walmart), stand in the parking lot with hundreds of other people and turn our collective gaze skyward. A little after noon, a small plane from the nearby Florence airport would begin to circle above our heads.

A red dot would drop from the plane, a parachute would open and within a few short minutes all of us kids knew exactly who the chubby man in the fur suit was. Santa would land effortlessly atop the store and what seemed like everyone in our small town would pile into this huge department store and stand in line among the toys, ladies’ undergarments and sporting goods to tell Santa just exactly what we wanted for Christmas.

The fine folks at the Living History Park in North Augusta brought that same excitement and sense of tradition this holiday season with a visit from Santa-past. Dressed in historic-style costume, this jolly old elf, also known as Kris Kringle, Father Christmas and St. Nicholas, brought candy canes for the young at heart.

The Living History Park was developed out of an old waterworks in North Augusta and represents the area during Colonial times.

The event also included a presentation by Kitty Wilson-Evans, a retired kindergarten teacher who portrays an 18th century slave named Kessie at Revolutionary War re-enactments.

The Living History Park is open year-round from dawn to dusk and is closed only for private events.