Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lamont Park Holiday Celebration: Santa Claus, crafts, puppets, and more on Saturday

Just got this note from the Mt. Pleasant Business Association, who are organizing the Lamont Park Holiday Celebration. Why go to the burbs when you can see Santa Claus, the Three Kings, do some holiday crafts with your kids, see a Hannukah puppet show and more. It's this Saturday from 1 to 3 pm. Here's the full press release below and a shot of Santa and Mrs. Claus from last year. Lamont Park is the triangle at Mt. Pleasant and Lamont Streets NW.

Mount Pleasant Businesses Organize Annual Holiday Celebration in Lamont Park with a visit from Santa, Hands-On Craft Projects, Puppet Shows and more 

Saturday, December 8th, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, the Mount Pleasant Business Association presents its annual Holiday Celebration in Lamont Park (corner of Mount Pleasant and Lamont Streets).

With Santa and Mrs. Claus taking requests, a visit from the Three Kings plus arts and crafts projects and puppet shows galore, the event is an excellent way for local families to kick off the holidays.

“I love this tradition! My kids think it’s great that Santa visits their neighborhood instead of having to truck to a crowded mall out in the suburbs or downtown,” says Natalie Avery, a local parent who is helping to coordinate the event.

“The event is our business community’s way of saying thank you to our neighbors and customers. It’s also a great way of showcasing our shops and restaurants and connecting with our neighbors,” says Joanie Majeed of the Mount Pleasant Care Pharmacy who has been one of the driving forces behind the Holiday Celebration at Lamont Park for 15 years.

Santa’s visit is just one reason to come to Mount Pleasant on December 8th. The Farmer’s Market in Lamont Park will be open at 9:00 AM, this year open more weekends than ever. Down the street at La Casa (3166 Mount Pleasant Street) local artists will be selling unique, hand-made items for affordable prices at “The Cheap Art Sale.”  Mount Pleasant businesses will be open for business for the busy shopping season and Bancroft Elementary school will also have their Annual Tree Sale at 18th and Newton Streets.In addition, shops and restaurants up and down the corridor will offer special deals and fun events.

The celebration is made possible by a range of Mount Pleasant businesses. Haydee’s Restaurant and Linda Low Realtors are Premier Sponsors. Partner level sponsors include Best World, Dos Gringos, Golden Scissors, Past Tense, Radius Pizza, El West, Don Juan Restaurant, Alex Hair Salon, That Yellow Gym, Tex Mex Burritos, Melissa's Beauty Salon, Mount Pleasant Care Pharmacy, Irving Wine and Spirits, Flying Fish Coffee and Tea, Logan’s Antiques, Barreiro Salon & Day Spa (also known as Ramona’s), DC Self Defense Karate Association and Bancroft Elementary School.  In addition to these sponsors, numerous businesses are donating treats and refreshments including Heller’s Bakery, Samber Market, Angelico’s Pizza, International Progreso Market and the Argyle Convenient Store Marleny's Restaurant, Amani ya Juu, Dollar Star. Don Jaime's Restaurant, Chinatown Carry-Out. Mount Pleasant Main Street, Historic Mount Pleasant, Radio CPR and Bancroft Elementary School parents are also contributing time and volunteers.

The same coalition of businesses and residents who put together last summer’s Make It Mount Pleasant hand-made craft market have joined forces to make this year’s holiday celebration better than ever.  Phil Lepanto, owner of Old School Hardware explains, “In order for small commercial corridors to thrive in today’s economic climate, it’s critical that local businesses and residents come together to build community and promote the neighborhood.” Dr. Oswald Cameron of Las Americas Dental Health agrees and adds, "Mount Pleasant has long been known for its Do it Yourself spirit. The Mount Pleasant Business Association continues tapping into this ethic to maintain this vibrant and connected multicultural community in a neighborhood we all love."

This event was also made possible through the support of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Small Business Assistance Program funded in part by the DC Office on Latino Affairs.

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