RIDGEFIELD, N.J. — The Ridgefield Knights of Columbus chapter is staging its first annual Keep Christ in Christmas Winter Festival on Sat. Dec. 12 at St. Matthew's Church.
“It’s like that Danny DeVito movie where he saw his house all decorated from space," said John Quaregna, the chairman of the committee that runs the town carnival. "I thought it would be a fun day all day long,"
Quaregna, who operates the borough festival in April, is using some of its vendors for the new wintertime experience.
Council #3550 will offer arcade games, a carousel and rides -- including a 110-foot giant slide, weather permitting.
Attendees are invited to stay warm and celebrate holiday cheer with sausage and pepper sandwiches, cheesesteaks, chicken and fries, fresh zeppoles, barbecue food, desserts and hot chocolates.
The group will also sponsor a number of contests, from best Christmas sweaters to outstanding cookie designs.
Youngsters can have their pictures taken with Santa on a fire truck and can drop letters and personal requests for him into a giant mailbox.
A rain/snow date is set for Sun. Dec. 13, just in case.
Coiuncil #3550 is one of the only Knights organizations that benefits three area churches as well as other causes for those in need.
Most recently, St. Michael's received $40,000 in funds for upgrades to its air conditioning system. St. Matthew's will benefit from the festival and receive lighting upgrades. The donation is only a portion of the thousands that the 125-member team gives away each year.
“We’re not keeping it just in Bergen, but we are inviting all of the Knights’ councils," Quaregna said. "It’s one of the last times that people will get their zeppoles before the spring."
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