Amy Westin, organizer of the Inglewood as Kringlewood street party, says it looks like the event brought in 400 lbs of food for donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank. The target was 300 lbs. It’s a credit to the generous gang which crowded Inglewood Drive in Moore Park Sunday evening. Previous post
Inglewood is Kringlewood as a great retinue of Santa Claus balloons once again lights up this Moore Park Street. The community event born out of a whimsical idea to place the inflated Santa balloons on the lawns all down the street has caught on. Crowds of residents and visiting friends filled a closed off portion of Inglewood Sunday night to meet and socialize. Many present talked of their good fortune at living in such a fine place. One organizer, Amy Westin, had the idea to add a food drive to this year’s gathering. At least three SUVs were loaded to the windows with bags of groceries which will be donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Last year a number of Inglewood homeowners took the lead of one among them and purchased a large fan-inflated and electrically-lighted Santa Claus balloon from Canadian Tire. Before Christmas arrived, almost every lawn on the street had a Santa, aided by an alert public relations hand at Canadian Tire. This year organizers got permission to close the street between Sighthill and McLennan Aves. The relatively mild weather made for a pleasant evening. Two food trucks, Food Dudes and Cafe du Monde Creperie were doing brisk business. Kids street hockey added a lively background to neighbourhood chat.
Residents of Inglewood Drive in Moore Park are celebrating their parade of the Santas again this year and now they have linked the spectacle with a street party and food drive to be held Sunday, December 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. This year the Santawood/Inglewood have obtained a permit to turn part of Inglewood into a pedestrian walk. The plan calls for food trucks, hot chocolate, street hockey and of course the street’s many giant inflatable Santas. The food drive aims at a target of 300 lbs for the food bank, as well as a clothing drive for Syrian refugees. If you’re able to come by please bring a donation.
Families on Inglewood Drive in Moore Park gathered Friday evening (December 19, 2014) to celebrate the season and admire their handiwork in the form of 45 giant Santa Claus statues towering above them on lawns down both sides of the street. The 12-foot fan-inflated electric polyethylene symbols of the season are marking their second year as Inglewood’s Parade of Santas. It began in 2013 when resident Amy Westin went looking for a Christmas statement for the front of the home she shares with her husband Tom and their three children, Violet, Sienna and Mattias. She struck on one of the enormous and (maybe in a nice way) “grotesque” Santa Claus statues at Canadian Tire. Up it went to much family excitement. Oh yeah, and a lot of work too. These things are ungainly as all get-out and easily blown over. They really need to be tethered on four sides and anchored as well. How did the idea of a whole street-full of Santas spread? It wasn’t a case of keeping up with the Westins, exactly, that caused the craze to capture people all along Inglewood Drive. Neighbour Yousry Bissada asked Amy if she and Tom would mind if he got one too. He liked it, you see. Go for it, said the Westins. A neighborhood gathering much like last night’s offered an opportunity for residents to focus on the Santa mammoths as a group. By the end of the evening, several people were determined to have one of their own. Word spread and as the orders were registered at CTC, a funny thing happened. The company ran out of Santas. Head office got word and soon a large re-supply arrived. CTC recognized a good promotion and (as the video below recounts) arrived on the street with 23 more complimentary Santas. The South Bayview Bulldog covets Moore Park as its own turf and our story brought the Toronto Star and others to record the Santa parade. Oak-lined Inglewood Drive soon rivaled the north pole in the national media as a second home for St. Nick. In these fun photos by Bulldog co-publisher Sue Byford we see Friday night scenes from top to bottom: The Westin family l-r Violet, Sienna, Amy, Tom and Mattias, street scenes at the party looking east
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Here it comes South Bayview. There will be snow and lots of it this weekend and these parading Santas on Inglewood Drive seem ready for it. At least five neighbors along the street decided to get the big blow-up St. Nicks from Canadian Tire. More fun than snow for sure. The Weather Channel says as much as 10 cm on Saturday, but others say maybe 15 cm. We have had wonderful weather so far this season, whatever you may think to the contrary. The normal daytime high for Toronto in December is 2 C. The normal low is -5 C. Temperatures across southern Ontario over the next few days will continue to be below average with highs near -6 C until Friday. And that’s when things start to get snowy. If you’re a skier or enjoy the snowy outdoors, however, you’ll enjoy what’s coming. North of the GTA, in cottage country, snow squalls have persisted since the weekend. Areas like Bracebridge could see more than 40 cm of accumulation by Thursday. Further south, in Toronto, the snow will start on Friday.