2013-01-17 / Letters to the Editor

Thanks to everyone involved in pageant

The Jamestown Christmas pageant once again beautifully presented the Christmas story in a very meaningful way to the community who gathered Christmas Eve on Shoreby Hill. Thanks to everyone who came out for this heartwarming tradition.

The list of Islanders who made this event a reality seems almost endless. The willingness of Jamestowners to give their time and talents not only at Christmas, but throughout the year, makes this town the exceptional place that it is.

First, I would like to thank the Jamestown Lions Club for sponsoring the pageant each year. We are also grateful to Barbara Herrmann and the Lower Shoreby Hill association for permitting us to hold the pageant on the green. Next I would like to thank everyone who was an actor in the live nativity. You were all fantastic. This year’s cast included Bill Pratt as Joseph, Anza DiGasper as Mary, Kirsten Pratt as the manger angel, with Jim Perry, Mark Holland and Blake Dickenson as the three wisemen.

The shepherds were John Murphy, Henry Pratt, Ben Hutchinson and Kristine and Teddy Trocki. Our tree angel was Alyssa Gibbs. Julia Littlefield, River Anders, Mary Baertlein, Claudia Pratt, Charley Simmons and Charlotte, Lucy and Maggie Palmer were our trumpeting angels.

The sheep and Rosie the donkey were wonderful additions to the nativity scene as well. We were thrilled Rosie cooperated for the Hutchinson family and made the journey to town. Thank you for making it possible for the animals to be part of the pageant.

Many thanks to Matt Bolles and Fred Brome for providing us with beautiful music and carols.

Sincere appreciation also goes to Ray Dunlevy, Jim McLoughlin and Jean Silvia for sharing the readings and blessings with us.

I cannot forget to thank all the people who helped out tirelessly behind the scenes. Special thanks to Susan Pratt, Ellen Anders, Elena McCarthy, Suzanne O’Donnell and Susan Baccari.

Thanks so much to Bill Munger, Steve Munger, Jack Britton, Blake Dickenson and Jill and Rick Anderson for their generous assistance with construction of the set. I would also like to thank Bob and Linda Sutton for generously donating their beautifully decorated Christmas tree and wagon. Its lights glowed brightly for all in attendance to admire. Thanks to Bob Bailey and his children for providing us with the lighting throughout the performance.

Thank you Bill Piva and Jill Goldstein for all your help. Also thank you to John Murphy, Michelle Gibbs and Jim Archibald for their assistance on the committee.

Finally, I would like to thank our pageant founder, Jeanne Bunkley. We all miss her and hope that she was smiling down upon us as we continue the tradition she brought to our island. Thanks to her inspiration we have all been able to reflect as a community on the true meaning of Christmas.

Best wishes for the new year.

Mary Waddington
Ledge Road
Jamestown

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