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Santa's Village is investing $1.3 million in seasonal theme park

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Carlo Klemm

Santa's Village is investing $1.3 million in seasonal theme park

January 27, 2010

by Edith Tucker

record-enterprise.com

Excerpt:

JEFFERSON — A new interactive water feature will be in place at Santa's Village this summer.

The family-owned-and-operated theme park anticipates spending $900,000 to purchase and install "HO-HO-H2O" within sight of Route 2, across from the Evergreen Motel, explained communications director Bruce Hicks, who is dubbed the park's chief elf.

This 6,400-square-foot attraction, manufactured by WhiteWater West Industries of Richmond, B.C., Canada, will feature a shallow eight-inch-deep wading pool in which youngsters can play and splash, along with ladders and slides on which they can be adventurous, plus water cannons and water jets, he said. Excavation has already begun, and installation is scheduled in May.

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"We are also doing a major restoration of the classic Jingle Bell Theater and its Jingle Jamboree show, which has not operated for the last four seasons," Mr. Hicks said. "At one time this was a cutting-edge animated show, one of the first, which was closed down when it became too dated," he explained.

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Santa's remains a family owned-and-operated business. Ninety-year-old Cecile Dubois, who with her late husband Normand founded the park, still visits, checking out the park to make sure her favorite features are still intact.

The second-generation of owner-operators, Mike and Elaine Gainer of both Maidstone and Jefferson, have turned over much of the day-to-day operations to their two now-adult children and their spouses: Christian and Pam Gainer of Lancaster, who have two children; and Nick and Melanie Staley, who have three children.

"It's wonderful to have parents of young children on the management team," Mr. Hicks said. "They were the ones that understood, for example, that offering parents the option of arranging to have birthday parties at Santa's Village would be very popular."

SOURCE: http://www.record-en...theme_park.html

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