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Refurbishment of Santa's House in Lewes completed

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Dec 12, 2013
Photo by: Brook Hedge Pictured at the opening of the refurbished Santa's House in Lewes are in back (l-r) Fred Beaufait, Lewes City Council; Lewes Deputy Mayor Ted Becker, Lewes Chamber board; Lisa McDonald, Lewes Chamber board; Dennis Reardon, Lewes Council; and Al Herman, Lowe’s of Lewes. In front are Betsy Reamer, Lewes Chamber executive director; Nikky Fisher, Lewes Chamber board; Bonnie Osler, Lewes Council; Santa (Gilbert Holt Jr.); Mayor Jim Ford; Tom Morris and Neal Murabito, James L. Ford III LLC; and Chris Chaney, Lewes Street Department.

The Santa House in Lewes, built around 1996, has been in need of some home repairs, according to its primary occupant, Mr. Santa Claus (Gilbert Holt Jr.). He asked for some help from elves at the City of Lewes and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce.

Lewes Mayor Jim Ford, who happens to have a lot of experience with home renovations, stepped to the plate to oversee the project. The Lewes Chamber of Commerce offered to pay for the materials. The mayor enlisted help from two men associated with his business, Neal Murabito and Tom Morris, as well as the City of Lewes Street Department for painting.

A number of businesses contributed to the effort by either donating services or materials or discounting them: Nuttle Lumber Company, Quality Roofing Supply, Lowe’s & JKB Builders, Glenn Howard LLC. Sign*A*Rama donated a sign for the Santa House acknowledging the contributors.

Santa made one final request, and that was for some new curtains. The owners of Deanna’s & Piccolino, Deanna Wagamon and Ashley King, went to work stitching up the red and white replacements made of fabric from Mare’s Bears owner Maryann McFee.

Only one more detail to be worked on and that was help wrapping the presents under the tree. Teresa Ford at Kids’ Ketch provided that assistance.

Now Santa’s House is ready for all the good little boys and girls to come visit Santa to tell him what they want for Christmas. Santa will be in his new house on Second Street in front of Citizens Bank from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13; 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14; 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17 and Friday, Dec. 20; 1 to 3 p.m.; and 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21 and 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 23 before he heads back to the North Pole to finish getting ready for his big night when he returns to make those wishes come true.

Santa (Gilbert Holt Jr.) sits in his newly refurbished Lewes house on Second Street in Lewes. (Photo by: Brook Hedge)
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