Brookfield hosts holiday fun at 6th annual Warrior Winterfest

Staff photos / Guy Vogrin Chloe Hebert, 6, of Brookfield, tells Santa what she wants for Christmas during the Warrior Winterfest at the Brookfield school complex Saturday afternoon. Santa is played by Brookfield resident Martin Taub.

BROOKFIELD — The high school complex was a bustle of activity Saturday morning and afternoon as community members participated in a series of events presented by the senior class and Drama Club under the title Warrior Winterfest.

Fourth-grade mathematics teacher and Drama Club adviser Megan Rodgers said this is the sixth annual event, but it was skipped in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We just want a nice event to bring the community together and have fun,” said Rodgers, who is in her eighth year of teaching in Brookfield.

Two gymnasiums were full of more than 70 vendors selling their goods and craft items.

In addition, youngsters and their parents got a chance to participate in a sip-and-paint event in which cookies and hot cocoa were the main fare.

Rodgers said a new wrinkle this year was a gingerbread house contest where families, students and the public were invited to craft a sweet-looking home and bring it in for judging.

“We use this event as our main fundraiser as the drama program is divided into two programs, one for elementary-aged students and the other for junior and senior high school-aged students,” she said.

In addition, the Drama Club put on two performances of Christmas Theater Production’s “Dear Mrs. Claus” by Alexi Alfieri and directed by Rodgers. The stage and tech crew was comprised of all the Brookfield drama students from grades 4 through 12.

“Our big production is in the spring for the older kids, and this event raises money so we can keep the admission cost down so more people in the community may be able to go see it,” Rodgers said.

She said she hopes the entry fees from the gingerbread house challenge will raise enough money to allow the drama students to donate to a local charity, perhaps something to help those challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“But we’ll let the kids decide,” she said.

A special guest at the Christmas Party thrown by the Brookfield Class of 2022 was Santa Claus, played by Brookfield resident Martin Taub.

Santa said he welcomes invitations to any community activity and also spends some time visiting children at the Eastwood Mall.

In the morning, Santa took a turn cooking up some kettle corn at the stand set outside business owner Victoria Bloom and her mother Christine, who is a Brookfield High graduate.

“This is sort of a homecoming for me,” Christine Bloom said as she stirred the kettle for another batch.

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