Thank you to all who made the hayride and visit with Santa a success!

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties Licensed in Connecticut

Holiday Hayride, New Milford, CT 2016.

holiday hayrideWell, it has come and gone, and it was a rousing success yet again! Our annual Holiday Hayride and visit with Santa was well attended, despite the frigid temps outside. From what I could see, everyone enjoyed themselves immensely!

I want to thank HVI (Housatonic Valley Insurance) and Bank Street Theater for joining us to provide this fun, free event to all. Your hard work, dedication and generosity is heartwarming. The horses and wagon from Utopia Percheron in Goshen, CT were a big hit too. I didn't get to ride in the wagon this year due to an injury, but next year for sure! And I want to thank my co workers at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties. 

Of course let's not forget the big man himself! Santa and Mrs. Claus were, as always, a big hit. This year I was stationed inside with Santa for the most part and I got to witness the joy and exuberance, the awe and wonder on the faces of the children. Oh, plus a bit of fear in some. It made my day!

I didn't get to take many photos, I am recovering from a broken rib. But I did manage to get one of Santa and Mrs. C at the end of the night. 

As if all this wasn't enough, the generosity showed by the people who attended blew me away. We were able to donate $270 to the town of New Milford for the food and fuel bank.  I delivered the money to Peg Molina, director of social services in New Milford today. She was ever so grateful to everyone who donated. Every little bit helps! I can't help but think that it just goes to show you how wonderful people are. Stretched to the max with their own holiday gifts, they still opened up their hearts and wallets to those in need. 2 hours, $270... I'm happy with that!

I will see you again next year! We are already reserving the wagon and horses.... 

Merry Christmas to all!

Posted by

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

2017 President, Greater New Milford Board of Realtors

2017 Connecticut Magazine 5 Star Realtor


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Comments (5)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Andrea - Merry Christmas to you.  I am glad that the hayride was a big success.

Dec 21, 2016 11:52 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Grant, Merry Christmas to you too! Yes, I love the hayride we do, it is a hoot! 

Dec 22, 2016 09:16 AM
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

Andrea: Good for you---that is the kind of thing that I think is so important from so many points of view: Volunteerism, caring about others, helping to make the Holidays bright for others! Well done!

Dec 21, 2016 11:55 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Paula, thank you. It really is a good thing and people are generous even when you know they are stretched to the max themselves. 

Dec 22, 2016 09:16 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Hayrides and a vist from Santa were certainly a part of my youth and one with fond memories.

Dec 21, 2016 04:34 PM
Andrea Swiedler

Joe, I never did a hayride when I was young, we were more the go into Boston and check out the windows. Now you won't catch me in a city for Christmas unless I have lost my mind, LOL. 

Dec 22, 2016 09:17 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

How great that such a fun time was enjoyed by so many and their hearts opened to make their people more comfortable as well.

Dec 21, 2016 04:34 PM
Andrea Swiedler

Oh Ed, Ed, Ed, look at that headshot! You are the perfect Santa!!!!! It was all good. 

Dec 22, 2016 09:18 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

All those activities sound like so much fun, Andrea!  It had to of been a wonderful event for your community!

Dec 21, 2016 04:50 PM
Andrea Swiedler

Myrl, we have been doing this for so long we now get people coming with their children who went themselves as kids! I love it!

Dec 22, 2016 09:18 AM