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Magic In The Air As Santa Flies Into Cutchogue

Originally Posted: December 12, 2011

Nicole B. Brewer

Santa makes a dramatic entrance via helicopter as part of the annual "Christmas in Cutchogue" festivities. (Nicole B. Brewer)

Cutchogue - Throngs of children and their parents excitedly waited for Santa to arrive heralding the annual "Christmas in Cutchogue" on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at the Cutchogue Fire Department. Entertained by Magic Bob, a tradition that for the past few years has made the wait a little easier to bear, and co-sponsored by the North Fork Chamber of Commerce with the support of the Cutchogue Ladies Auxiliary, the event was a wonderful way to begin the season in earnest.

Little Jill Fogarty squealed with delight in father Jim Fogarty's arms as the helicopter with Santa looped around the firehouse grounds. (Nicole B. Brewer)

Festivities began at 9 a.m. as Magic Bob held the children in awe. Balloon animals, card tricks, a few traditional songs, and even fire eating were on the agenda. An array of goodies including cookies and sweets was on display to fend off the morning nibbles. Near 10 a.m. the magic show ended as Santa's arrival via helicopter was announced.

Hundreds lined the firehouse grounds to await Santa's dramatic arrival. Clear skies prevailed and temps were unseasonably warm when Old Saint Nick alighted the helicopter to loud cheers and applause from young and young at heart. After shaking hands and greeting children he was off once again, this time aboard a fire engine headed to the Cutchogue New Suffolk Library for Christmas greetings and photos. When asked where his reindeer were, Santa explained that Rudolph and friends were taking a rest right before the big night.

Kudos to the Cutchogue Fire Department for hosting the annual event that delights children from one to 92 year after year.

"Yes, Santa, I've been very good!" (Nicole B. Brewer)

Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com HamptonsOnline NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer

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