800 years of history was lost yesterday. Something may eventually be built on the site but what is gone is irreplaceable.



Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

 His name is Eric Schmitt-Matzen and he has played a Santa Claus, 80 venues a year, for a long time. He’s professionally trained, Natural beard, custom suit, lots of experience.

None of it prepared him to be Santa for real.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love
and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and
give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be
the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if
there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no
poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. –From the New York Sun, 1897