Christmas in July pool party a big hit in Kingston

By Marcella Kester - For Times Leader
Lifeguard Emma Sands, 16, of West Wyoming, watches the slide at the Kingston Pool while wearing an elf hat during the pool’s Christmas in July celebration Saturday night. - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Keira Flynn, 8, wore reindeer horns for the Kingston Pool’s Christmas in July party on Saturday night. - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Chris Burk, 45, of Kingston yelled ‘Merry Christmas’ before diving into the Kingston Pool during Saturday night’s Christmas in July celebration. - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Evelyn Dunn, 11 months, looks at her stuffed Elmo toy held by father Shawn Dunn, of Kingston, at the Kingston Pool’s Christmas in July celebration Saturday night. - - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Alex Freitas, 35, of Nanticoke, shows her three kids a photo she took of them with her phone at the Kingston Pool’s Christmas in July night. - - Fred Adams | For Times Leader

KINGSTON — As 7 p.m. approached on a warm July night, families lined up at the entrance to the Kingston pool, eager for a little holiday-themed fun months ahead of schedule.

The pool’s annual Christmas in July event was initially set for Wednesday, July 25, but a lot of wet weather preventing that from happening, said David Weaver, head lifeguard.

The decision to move the event to Saturday night paid off, leaving families eager to find relief from the sun’s heat.

“It’s like a nice way to sort of take a break from summer and look forward to the winter,” he said of the reasoning behind Christmas in July.

Many lifeguards opted to wear hues of green and red, some even sporting Christmas hats. Around the pool, parents took pictures of their children next to a decorated Santa figurine and Christmas tree while listening to holiday music.

Some attendees also decided to dress for the occasion.

Clad in a green shirt featuring the Grinch with a matching reindeer headpiece, 8-year-old Keira Flynn happily pranced around the pool with friends as her parents watched. Keira and her family said they often attend the pool’s themed events.

“They do different kinds of parties, and it’s good for the kids to come and swim,” said her father Mike, of Larksville.

Children hurriedly lined up at various diving boards and waterslides. Others opted to lounge poolside on a row of chairs, taking selfies with each other while discreetly swaying to the tune of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” and more.

Standing at the water’s edge, Kingston resident Michelle Dutchin watched as her family enjoyed the pool. Recently moving to Northeastern Pennsylvania from New York, Dutchin was happy to find a summer activity for her family so close by.

As family members were busy teaching her son how to swim, Dutchin said she now might get a pool membership.

“This is our first time actually here, it’s nice though. I really like it,” she said. “It’s a nice area.”

Lifeguard Emma Sands, 16, of West Wyoming, watches the slide at the Kingston Pool while wearing an elf hat during the pool’s Christmas in July celebration Saturday night.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_christmas1_faa.jpgLifeguard Emma Sands, 16, of West Wyoming, watches the slide at the Kingston Pool while wearing an elf hat during the pool’s Christmas in July celebration Saturday night. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Keira Flynn, 8, wore reindeer horns for the Kingston Pool’s Christmas in July party on Saturday night.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_christmas2_faa.jpgKeira Flynn, 8, wore reindeer horns for the Kingston Pool’s Christmas in July party on Saturday night. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Chris Burk, 45, of Kingston yelled ‘Merry Christmas’ before diving into the Kingston Pool during Saturday night’s Christmas in July celebration.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_christmas3_faa.jpgChris Burk, 45, of Kingston yelled ‘Merry Christmas’ before diving into the Kingston Pool during Saturday night’s Christmas in July celebration. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Evelyn Dunn, 11 months, looks at her stuffed Elmo toy held by father Shawn Dunn, of Kingston, at the Kingston Pool’s Christmas in July celebration Saturday night.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_christmas5_faa.jpgEvelyn Dunn, 11 months, looks at her stuffed Elmo toy held by father Shawn Dunn, of Kingston, at the Kingston Pool’s Christmas in July celebration Saturday night. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Alex Freitas, 35, of Nanticoke, shows her three kids a photo she took of them with her phone at the Kingston Pool’s Christmas in July night.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_christmas4_faa.jpgAlex Freitas, 35, of Nanticoke, shows her three kids a photo she took of them with her phone at the Kingston Pool’s Christmas in July night. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

By Marcella Kester

For Times Leader