Advertisement
HomeCollectionsSanta Claus
IN THE NEWS

Santa Claus

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2012
The official, certified results of Maryland's 2012 presidential election are in, and the the winner is Santa Claus -- at least among the write-in candidates. Apparently an actual person who lives in Nevada, Claus garnered 625 votes from people who took the trouble to scrawl in his name. That leaves the political independent far behind President Barack Obama, who received 1,677,844, but put him well ahead of the next-best write-in: former U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party, with 418. Claus ran particularly strongly in Baltimore County, where 151 voters believed in him, and Anne Arundel County, where 96 had faith.
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Holly W. Bennett Jr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. construction coordinator who had a second career playing Santa Claus, died Monday at his grandson's Halethorpe home of complications from dementia. He was 84. The son of Holly W. Bennett Sr., a steamship and fire boat captain, and Edith C. Bennett, a homemaker, Holly Wells Bennett Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville. A 1949 graduate of Catonsville High School, he was a member of the Marine Corps Reserve and was called to active duty in 1950.
Advertisement
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | October 13, 2011
Gary Kubiak was asked on a Wednesday conference call with Baltimore reporters to name his favorite Vonta Leach memory, and his answer surprisingly had nothing to do with his former fullback bowling over defenders. " Ask him if he brought his Santa Claus suit with him ," the Texans coach said. “Every year around Christmas, he would come out to the walk-through with a Santa Claus suit on that kind of brought a smile to everybody's face. Vonta is a joy to be around. Like I said, he is one of those guys that loves to play.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2014
Joseph C. Watkins Sr., a retired millwright who enjoyed riding the railroad, collecting model trains and playing Santa Claus, died Jan. 6 of complications after surgery at York Hospital in York, Pa. He was 81. The son of Carlton H. Watkins, a steelworker, and Rose Selig Watkins, a homemaker, Joseph Carlton Watkins Sr. was born and raised in Sparrows Point, where he attended public schools. After serving in the Air Force, where he earned his General Educational Development certificate, Mr. Watkins went to work at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | December 23, 2011
On Thursday, I asked Ravens fullback Vonta Leach whether he planned to don a Santa Claus suit for the team's walkthrough Friday. Leach had a tradition of doing this when he was with the Houston Texans, but he told me Thursday that he wasn't sure whether he would do it this year because he was one of the new guys. "I'll have to see what I've got in store. I'll have to talk to some of the guys to see if it's a good idea because I am new here,” Leach said. “But it's a way to break the tension a little bit and have some fun. " I've got good news: Santa came to Owings Mills on Friday ( thanks in part to a little pleading from Ray Rice )
SPORTS
By Arda Ocal | June 26, 2013
This past weekend in Fairhaven, Mass., I had a chance to catch Mick Foley doing standup comedy. I have seen him before, at "The Improv" after Summerslam 2012 in Toronto, and at other places. This is the sixth time I have seen his act. Each time after the first have been a blend of jokes that work every time, plus some new material. Foley is very topical with his humor, as it pertains to events in his career. This past weekend's shows included jokes and stories from his WWE Hall of Fame induction and doing a promo with Ryback in the ring.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rob Kasper | December 23, 2009
T he stern-looking St. Nicholas is out. The smiling Santa is in. This personnel move has occurred at Kirchmayr Chocolatiers in Timonium. Some of us see this as a change with larger implications, a shift of seasonal mood away from accountability (St. Nicholas records bad behavior in a book) and toward affability (Santa is perpetually jolly). For the past 20 years or so, the faces of the chocolate figures that Albert Kirchmayr and his crew crafted in their Baltimore area shop had a glower.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2011
"Look at you, you have a baby ... in a bar. " Baltimore area bars and restaurants are hosting family-friendly brunches and breakfasts with Santa Claus. We've heard from the Rams Head group. Each local Rams Head restaurants is hosting a Brunch with Santa. Rams Head Shore House on the Eastern Shore is holding its event on Saturday, Dec. 10. Rams Head Tavern Savage , Rams Head Tavern Annapolis , and Rams Head Roadhouse , also in Annapolis, are hosting their holiday brunches on Sunday, Dec. 11. The family brunch will include photo opportunities and mingling with Santa Claus, and the properties will be decorated for the holidays.
SPORTS
December 24, 2010
Wakefield gives, gives Keith Groller Morning Call A cynic might suggest that the ultimate sports Santa would be the owners of the Clippers, Pirates and Lions, who have been giving to fans in other cities for years by putting out inferior teams. But a true sports Santa is one who gives the gift of himself as well as his possessions. That's why I suggest Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield. Wakefield won MLB's Roberto Clemente Award this year after being nominated seven previous times.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Holly W. Bennett Jr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. construction coordinator who had a second career playing Santa Claus, died Monday at his grandson's Halethorpe home of complications from dementia. He was 84. The son of Holly W. Bennett Sr., a steamship and fire boat captain, and Edith C. Bennett, a homemaker, Holly Wells Bennett Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville. A 1949 graduate of Catonsville High School, he was a member of the Marine Corps Reserve and was called to active duty in 1950.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger and Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2013
Thoughts of childhood Christmases flooded Wendy Winebrenner's mind this month when she opened her mailbox to find an envelope stuffed with gift certificates. Growing up in the O'Donnell Heights project in Baltimore, Winebrenner and her family depended on those donations from Santa Claus Anonymous to buy one another presents. But this year, Winebrenner, who is now raising her grandson in Middle River, sent the gift certificates back. Winebrenner, 49, had saved enough for the holiday.
NEWS
By Sean Welsh and The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2013
Ever wonder how, exactly, Santa traverses the globe?  Certainly he works by time zone, but does he work his way up the Atlantic coast, or is he coming into Maryland by crossing the Mason-Dixon Line? Ponder no longer. This Christmas Eve, share in the Santa experience with your kids by checking out the NORAD Santa Tracker . The site gives eager little elves a chance to follow Jolly Old St. Nick as he and his reindeer-powered sleigh traverse the globe. NORAD , the U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command, tracks Kris Kringle from its headquarters in Colorado.
NEWS
By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2013
If Santa Claus had ever contemplated expanding his toy-making empire from the North Pole to a more strategic hub closer to the nation's capital, he might have found the mill town of Savage to his liking in 1948. That was the promotional gimmick that a Baltimore businessman was betting on when he decided to remake Savage into "Santa's Maryland home" by converting the 150-year-old cotton mill to the manufacture of ornaments, and transforming the town into a working Christmas village.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
When he was growing up near Mondawmin Mall and the Christmas season rolled around, Andrew Dubose rarely missed a chance to visit the old man in the red suit and white beard who always gave him such a warm holiday greeting. Now 39, married, and the father of three, Dubose drives his children from the family's home in Randallstown so they can sit with the same man in exactly the same spot - Lucas Durant, the longest-running black Santa Claus in Baltimore. "Santa loves you," Durant, 65, tells Dubose's children, Jasmine, 15; Mason, 2; and Drew, 6 months, as he did their father decades ago. "Santa Luke," as he's known, has been Kriss Kringle at Mondawmin Mall for 29 years running.
NEWS
December 13, 2013
On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails and Santa Claus will team up to collect nonperishable food items for the Anne Arundel County Food Bank and to help with the annual membership drive to support county trails. Starting in Arnold, Santa will be riding a tractor-pulled sleigh along the length of the B&A Trail. Volunteers will collect food items and hand out candy canes between stops. Stops and estimated times are as follows: 10:30 a.m. at the Arnold Station 11:15 a.m. at Jones Station 11:45 a.m. at Hatton Register 12:15 p.m. at Robinson Road 12:45 p.m. at Earleigh Heights 1:45 p.m. at Jumpers Shopping Center 2:15 p.m. at Harundale Shopping Center 3 p.m. at Sawmill Creek Park.
NEWS
By Emilie Eastman, Capital News Service | December 12, 2013
Under a blanket of falling snow, the Mall in Columbia gave no indication on an early morning that in one short hour it would erupt with the chaos of holiday shopping. Inside, the only patrons were a group of families taking advantage of a special opportunity to meet Santa Claus — without waiting in line. For the past several years, the Howard County Autism Society has partnered with the Mall in Columbia to host "Sensory Friendly Santa," a chance for children on the autism spectrum to visit with Santa and get their picture taken without the traditional lights, noise and chaos that might distract or irritate them.
NEWS
By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer | October 2, 1992
Santa Claus is coming to Westminster."The story here is that it's not going to be a gray Christmas downtown," Mayor W. Benjamin Brown reported yesterday.Santa's prospects for making the holiday scene looked grim this week after the City Council denied a request for aid from the Westminster Business Association.The merchants said they were short of money, and asked the council to donate $240 to pay Santa's salary for several Saturday visits between Thanksgiving and Christmas.The council rejected the request on the recommendation of its finance committee, headed by Councilman Stephen R. Chapin Sr. Mr. Chapin said that making the donation would set a precedent.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
Paul H. Trattner, a retired Baltimore public schools art educator and webmaster who was also a noted prestidigitator and popular Santa Claus, died Aug. 28 of heart failure at his Coldspring Newtown home. He was 70. "Paul was a kind, gentle person who was a great asset to the magic fraternity," said George Goebel, a veteran Baltimore illusionist who owns A.T. Jones & Sons, the Howard Street costumer. "He was a wonderful performer and had charisma. He was also a magnificent Santa Claus.
NEWS
RECORD STAFF REPORT | December 3, 2013
'Tis the season when all  attention turns toward Christmas - Santa Claus, trees, baking. Dozens of activities are scheduled throughout Harford County, and some of the biggest are back this year. The Town of Bel Air started things off with its parade Sunday. That first Sunday in December event will be followed by this weekend's festivities in Aberdeen, Havre de Grace and northern Harford County. In two weeks, the town of Perryville will usher in Christmas, lighting its own tree.
NEWS
By Bob Allen | December 3, 2013
After 20 years, Catonsville's annual lighting of the town's Christmas Tree and welcoming of Santa easily qualifies as a cherished tradition for this tightly-knit community. The Nov. 30 event was ample proof of that. Greg Morgan, the spark plug behind Catonsville's annual Yuletide celebration since its outset, was overcome with emotion as he stood on a portable stage and welcomed more than a thousand people, young and old, to Saturday evening's event in the 700 block of Frederick Road.
Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.