Songs on Sullivant

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
On Dec. 16, more than 100 families across the westside came out to the Lower Lights Early Childhood Enrichment Center to partake in a bit of festive fun at the 4th annual Songs on Sullivant: An Evening of Caroling and Community. For more than an hour, residents enjoyed singing along to holiday songs, consuming cookies and hot chocolate, spending quality time with Mr. and Mrs. Claus as they prepare for the big night, and tearing into gifts such as warm, winter jackets and art supplies that were donated by area businesses, local civic associations and art groups, and members of the community. Pictured here ‘making spirits bright’ during the celebratory evening event with their instrumental take on popular carols and songs are (from left to right) Smiles Davis, Beau Fadeez, Buddy Legend and Slide Stubblefield with the SupaFun Band.
Holiday Morales and his children, Hamaya, Hailey and Hayden, have fun at the photo booth.
Brandon Smith, 5, warms up with a cup of hot chocolate.
Chris Shaw leads the crowd in a sing-along.
Volunteers Christine Cockley and Simon Dallas help distribute chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, and sugar cookies to the hungry masses.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus (a.k.a. ‘Columbus Santa Claus’ Michael Jennings and Sandy Jennings) smile for the camera with Ilana Jackson, 5.
Columbus Division of Police Cadets (from left to right) Greta Belair, Maura Gipe, and Janaya Moore have fun dancing during the event.
Esther Flores, founder of the local 1DivineLine2Health, poses with her festively adorned pooch, Bebo.
Morgan DeBoth, the executive director of the Hilltop RISE Economic Community Development Corporation, helped pass out presents to the children of the community.
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