Father Christmas in his East Street Grotto
Father Christmas at the Museum
Father Christmas was kept busy throughout the day in his grotto at East St Museum which had been decorated for the festival theme of Tales of Old. He saw almost 400 children plus their parents, grandparents uncles, aunts, cousins, friends. (In fact it seemed like the whole town had come to see him!) Rye was buzzing from the moment Father Christmas appeared at the Town Hall and threw out chocolate coins and walked to East St Museum.
The entrance was popular with all the children and grown ups as there was a wonderful snow machine, a bubble machine and photo opportunity on a mock sleigh and the Father Christmas cut-out. It was also home of the ‘Snow Queen’ – on the Town trail. Thank you to Dilys for the mannequin display and Heather had made the crown and the background setting with help from Yvonne Metcalf and Sarah Cooper.
The booking system assured an easy entry into the beautifully decorated grotto where, after a brief chat with the man himself, each child received a small gift. Father Christmas also surprised some children with a magic trick. Then there was time for the all-important photo of Father Christmas with each child or family. Treasure these memories.
The grotto was supported by a large team of volunteers, mostly museum members, who did a sterling job, in particular Yvonne Metcalf and Sue Manktelow who also provided the catering as well as having helped Heather with the decorations and preparations. There are many more to thank – a well deserved round of applause. Such a happy day for all the children who it was designed for. A great big thank you to Father Christmas for appearing in Rye at his very busy time of year and helping to make the towns Christmas Festival a huge success.
Thank you all for coming – from a very weary grotto co-ordinator.
Heather Stevenson ( see you next year!)
And Rapunzel’s hair at the Castle!
The Museum’s Ypres Tower (Rye Castle) was another attraction for families on Rye’s Tales of Old day. The Tale Trail offered 15 illustrated posters of familiar tales — Cinderella, the Elves and the Shoemaker, The Steadfast Tin Soldier being just three of them — and children had to indicate on a map which tale was to be found at which listed location.
At East Street they had found The Snow Queen. At the Castle it was Rapunzel’s hair!
First posted in Featured on 13th December 2016
Last updated: 13th December 2016