Santa looked a lot like the county mayor, but, judging from the sacks of coal he passed out, political party lines didn’t help any with Mr. Claus.
Santa Claus made a special appearance at the Kiwanis Club of Maryville meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Green Meadow Country Club. And Santa, who was indeed Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell, apparently had inside knowledge on who was on the nice and naughty list.
Robert Russell, club president, said Mitchell was a good sport and did a good job as Santa during the club’s Christmas meeting.
“He was great. He had done this before, and as soon as he found out about our Christmas program, he offered to dress as Santa again,” Russell said. “He brought several presents, including sacks of coal for a couple of people.”
Russell said it was well-advertised that Santa was going to be at the meeting and 65 people attended the holiday-themed gathering. Two young people who were also Imagination Library book recipients read to the club members.
Megan Underwood read “Twas the Night before Christmas,” and Justin Orr read the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke, Russell said.
“We probably sang 15 to 18 Christmas carols led by Bob Ergenbright, who is club secretary and minister of music at Broadway United Methodist Church,” Russell said. “We just had a grand time.”