Santa Visits
Santa Claus took time off from his busy schedule to visit the Cargill Council 64, Knights of Columbus Hall in Putnam Dec. 20. Santa stood on the building’s front ramp, waving to the cars going by on Providence Street. Photo by Brian Martineau

PUTNAM — If you drove by the Cargill Council 64, Knights of Columbus Hall on Providence Street Dec. 20, you stood a good chance of seeing Santa Claus.
“Not even the Coronavirus could stop Santa from coming to see his friends at the Knights of Columbus in Putnam,” said Cargill Council 64, K of C Deputy Grand Knight Brian Martineau. “Santa stood outside on the front ramp of our hall and waved to literally hundreds of cars going by. It was great to see and hear so many people smiling and honking their horns. They were so happy. That made it all worth it.”
For years now, Cargill Council Brother Knights have hosted an indoor Christmas party for their children and grandchildren, with Santa as the guest of honor. Unfortunately, Coronavirus restrictions forced the cancellation of the party this year, but Martineau convinced Santa to come to Putnam anyway.
Just before he headed back to work at the North Pole, Santa took a few minutes to go inside the council hall to read the story of the birth of Jesus at the first Christmas recorded in the Gospel of Luke and the famous 1823 Christmas poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore. You can hear Saint Nick doing the readings on the council’s Facebook page, at
“Just because Santa had to keep his distance this year, that doesn’t mean we couldn’t bring his Christmas spirit to our friends and neighbors,” Martineau said. “It’s hard to get Santa Claus to come right before Christmas; he’s very busy after all. But if there was ever a time we needed a really big dose of Christmas cheer, 2020 is it. We’re really happy he could come here for us.”


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