You know Dasher and Prancer, Donner and Blitzen, Comet and Cupid and Hugo. What a minute! Who’s Hugo? If you are saying, ‘He’s not one of Santa’s reindeer’ you would be right. Hugo Kringle is the little known younger brother of Kris Kringle, better known as Santa Claus. Hugo, also known as award-winning dulcimer player and storyteller Mike Anderson, will be at the St. Bernard Parish Library’s main branch, 2600 Palmisano Blvd., in Chalmette for its Saturday with the Arts program on December 10th at 10:30 a.m. He will tell listeners of all ages what it was like growing up with such a famous brother and he will reveal Christmas secrets like the story behind ‘Up on the Rooftop’ which explains why reindeer go ‘click, click, click’. Audience members will sing Christmas carols with Hugo as they are played on a 120-year-old five-string bango, a dulcimer and a dulci-lin (combination mandolin and dulcimer). The spirit of Christmas will come alive as Hugo shares a sleigh-full of interactive stories and music emphasizing the joy and importance of giving during this holiday season.
Hugo Kringle books and CD’s will be available for purchase following the program. Participants will also make a take-home craft as part of the library’s free Christmas program. All materials will be provided. Adults may need to assist younger crafters.
Hugo’s visit has been made possible a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by St. Tammany Parish. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.
For more info, please visit the library’s main branch, check out our website and Facebook page or call us at 504-279-0448.