Grey dreary skies and periods of cold rain and sleet were prevalent the morning of Dec. 19, but that did not deter the elves of Cape Henlopen Elks 2540 – the Polar Express Extravaganza for kids must go on! So, rather than offer a drive-through experience, the entire event was brought inside the hall where all could stay warm and comfortable.
All Elks members children and grandchildren 12 years old and younger were invited to the event. Helpful elves directed them via an inside pathway to visit various stations. Along the way, each child received a golden keepsake ticket, a goodie bag, and the opportunity to fill out a wish list which was mailed in a special North Pole mailbox.
Their tickets were punched by friendly Polar Express Conductor Marty Schreck, and they saw Santa’s reindeer. Lastly, they visited Santa, played by the Elks own Dave Wert who, with the help of elf Mary DiGennaro, cheerfully handed out presents. And all this fun was accompanied by the Polar Express soundtrack playing while more elves danced around.
Although it was originally designed to be held outdoors as it was last year, this year’s Polar Express Extravaganza was a great indoor success, and brought smiles to the children in attendance. Organizers extend thanks and kudos to all the volunteers who made this event such a success, another great way the Elks give back to the local community, and bring holiday cheer to children and families.