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Celebration to Honor Nationally Known Legendary Santa Claus
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Albion will host a celebration of the Life and Legend of Charles W. Howard on September 25, 2010.

ALBION, N.Y. - (PRWEB) The small village of Albion has a very rich history of unique people and places, but none are as colorful as the story of a farmer turned professional St. Nick. Charles W. Howard was a resident of the community for over 69 years. He belonged to many civic organizations, served on many social committees, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Seventy-five years ago, November 1935, Howard took a step with fate and officially embarked on a career as Santa Claus in a Rochester department store.

Phillip L. Wenz, noted Santa Claus historian and career professional Santa, along with Albion business owners Carol Culhane of Just Me Art and Jeri and Lou Becker of the Erie Cannel Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast, have been planning the event since Late 2009.

''There isn't a story any warmer or fuzzier than that of Charlie Howard,'' stated Culhane, who has already released a commemorative Christmas ornament featuring Howard last July.

Various people from the community have been asked to participate in this event. The Erie Cannel Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast is even housing some displays of Howard memorabilia in their auditorium and meeting room.

“Charles was a very dedicated man.” said Wenz. “His passion for Santa Claus, children, and Albion is a paramount story to the Western New York State region.”

The day’s events will feature a ceremony with special speakers, presenters, with the Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren of Charles W. Howard. Special programs on Howard’s life will be presented. There will even be Santa Clauses from around the region take part in a Santa Claus Oath Ceremony that is dedicated to Howard.

After the ceremony, people will be invited to see the memorabilia at the bed and breakfast, see the former Christmas Park property where Howard had his Santa Claus School, and visit other points of interest in and around Albion such as the Cobblestone Society Museum and Mt. Albion National Cemetery.

“Grandpa would be very excited about the planning of these events" commented Howard’s Granddaughter Jane Holland of Williamsville, New York. “You can bet he has that twinkle in his eye and smile on his face.”

About Charles W. Howard 
Charles W. Howard was truly an American original. He was born on June 15, 1896 in the house that he would live in his entire life. As a boy he did chores on the family farm and had little time to play, but when he did his imagination would take him to far off magical places. As an adult he got to travel all over the country making magical memories for others. No matter how or where Howard roamed, his heart and home were always in Albion, New York.

Howard would go on to a career that would include appearances in some of the nation’s largest cities, including being the official Santa Claus for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Though Howard traveled all over the country, he never forgot his hometown of Albion. He started a Santa Claus School at his home in 1937 and redeveloped his farm property into a theme park, known as Christmas Park in the early 1950s.

About Albion New York 
Albion is located in Orleans County, New York just north of Interstate 90 on NY Route 98 between the cities of Buffalo and Rochester.


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