About Keene Santa Claus
I have portrayed Santa for over 10 years starting when I worked at NGM insurance, I was on the employee entertainment committee and was asked to play Santa for the children's Christmas party. They rented a suit and fake beard/wig set. I was hooked! The next year I bought the beard/wig set and my wife made me a suit. I did a few other parties since I had my own set up. I left NGM and still did their party.
In 2008 I was involved in an accident and at Christmas time could not portray Santa. The next Christmas I had one party at a daycare and I was hooked again! I was self employed at the time and decided to grow my beard out and lo and behold it was mostly white! The next year I was back at the NGM party and word got out I was back portraying Santa. I have portrayed Santa for some families for over 8 years and have seen little ones grow up a bit.
The next season I joined the New England Santa Society as a founding member. I have been on the NESS board of directors and helped start and teach at their Santa Camp. I have attended Santa schools and national seminars. My beard is registered with the National Beard Registry my beard number is 7700.
Since 2014 I have been the Santa at the Keene tree lighting for the Keene Kiwanis Club and for several years I have been the Santa for the Chesterfield Lions Club's breakfast with Santa.