Santas many faces on display in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 April 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – You can’t have a Santa Claus conference and not have a group photo. About 200 Santas and some Mrs. Clauses gathered on the steps in front of the Orleans County Courthouse at noon today.

The group is in town for the Charles W. Howard Legendary Santa Claus Conference. Howard started the first Santa Claus School, which he ran in Albion from 1937 until his death in 1966.

The conference continues today at the Albion Middle School Auditorium with sessions about business plans, improvisational acting and historic Charles Howard footage, including the 1959 Macy’s Parade. That parade footage will be shown in its entirety, about an hour long, beginning at about 5 p.m.

This photo includes Charles Howard’s granddaughter, Susan Howard-Brown (in black sweater), and some of the members of Santa’s Drill Team from Florida.

The following show some of the Santas and other attendees at the conference. They sang some Christmas carols from the Courthouse steps.