Holiday Party Brings Community Together For Food, Song and Santa

A festive crowd, estimated at more than 200, showed up for the annual CJ holiday party Dec. 11 at the community center. No one went hungry with plenty of sushi, subs, pizza, and platters of fruits, veggies, cheeses and sweets for all. A crafts table and selfie photo station, along with a rousing sing-along, kept folks entertained while they waited for the main attraction.

Santa showed up as anticipated, atop the ladder truck of the Cabin John Volunteer Fire Department. He spent time with dozens of kids, listening to their wish lists, taking pictures and handing out stockings of treats. After Santa departed, it was time for the other anticipated activity: the raffle of many generous gifts from local businesses. Thirteen winners walked away with prizes and $622 was raised for the S.O.M.E. gift-giving project organized by Lori Rieckelman. (See related story.)

Sponsored by the Cabin John Citizens Association, this evening of community and free fun was successful due to the coordination efforts of CJCA Vice President Greg Pawlson and his wife Jean Johnson. He was assisted by a large contingent of helpers. Elaine Hornauer and Robin and Evan Gurley tackled decorations. Larry Heflin picked up the Christmas tree. Nancy Russell, Susan Roberts and Lori Rieckelman sold raffle tickets. Clare Amoruso arranged raffle prizes and food orders. Marcy Harrison and Amy Elsbree kept the food and drink tables filled. With Susan Roberts at the piano, Heidi and Daisy Lewis and Crista Gibbons led the singing with guest singers ranging in age from toddlers to college age. Burr Gray provided invaluable assistance throughout the night. My apologies to anyone that is inadvertently missing from this list, especially those folks who stuck around to make clean up a breeze.

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