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December 16, 2012

Christmas, Walton style: Nearly 60 gather at Saturday celebration

Small Town Christmas brings families into town for free crafts and snacks.

WALTON — Smiles could be seen on the faces of children as they created and decorated crafts Saturday afternoon at Walton’s Small Town Christmas celebration.

Nearly 60 people attended Small Town Christmas, enjoying holiday cookie refreshments, crafts, a visit from Santa Claus and time with other members of the community.

More and more people trickled in through the event lasting from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Lions’ Den, 104 Depot St.

Stephanie Barker, Walton, brought her 3-year-old daughter, Gwendolyn, to the event.

“Gwendolyn wanted to see Santa and do crafts,” Barker said. “It was also a chance for her to get out and see other kids. She is an only child and this is an opportunity for children to socialize and have fun.”

A mother, Kelli Campbell, traveled from Logansport to enjoy the event with her 6-year-old daughter Serenity.

“She likes doing crafts,” Campbell said. She added that she thought the event “would be something fun to do on a Saturday.”

The Walton Lions Club helped host the event, said Lions president Gordon Southern.

Fellow Walton residents Becky Tocco, Amy McComas, Suzie Pitcock and several others assisted with decorations, crafts, planning and refreshments, Southern said.

“We wanted something that was family and community-oriented,” he said. “Some small communities are dying and having events like this helps out in the community. Also, with the economy the way it is, we like to have an event that doesn’t cost anything.”

Christy Heavilon attended the event with her son, Aiden, and her 6-year-old niece, Kyra Welch. Heavilon helped her niece make a paper candle with decorations.

“They wanted to do crafts and see Santa,” Heavilon said.

Kyra said her favorite part of the event was being able to do crafts.

Becky and Keith Tocco, Walton, attended the event with their 3-year-old son, Reese.

“This event is something they have every year and it’s a good chance to have a snack, do crafts and spend time with others,” Becky said.

The Toccos said their son was really excited to see Santa this year.  

“There are not a lot of free events for kids or adults,” Keith said. “It’s also an opportunity to meet people in the community.”

Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5150 or

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