By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
The Cooperstown community found itself forced to consider life without Santa Claus when Paul Kuhn died Wednesday, June 2, at the age of 83.
Kuhn was perhaps best known as Cooperstown’s Santa Claus, a post that he held with joy and authenticity for 20 years.
According to Molly Myers, a Main Street Christmas helper from a young age, Kuhn’s listening skills and genuine care for people were a big part of what made him the perfect Father Christmas.
A few years younger than Myers, Bella Anania said she remembers eagerly waiting in line with her three siblings to see Kuhn in character. She said that he could relate to any child.
“He embodied the spirit of Christmas,” Anania said.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB.22
FILM SOCIETY – 7 – 8:40 p.m. The Film Society of Cooperstown presents, for its premier event, “Punch Drunk Love” which follows an emotionally unstable business man whose mundane life radically changes when he falls in love. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
READING SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Red Dragon reading series presents writer & actor David Mills, reading from “Talking to the Bones,” the first poetic work on New York’s African American Burial Ground, the Oldest & largest slave cemetery in America. Lee Hall, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-2571 or visit www.oneonta.edu/academics/english/reddragonreading/reddragonreadingseries.asp