Joan Pappalardo has been Collecting Holiday Villages for 15 Years
Peabody, MA -- Joan Pappalardo has been creating Dept. 56, North Pole Villages for about 15 years. Some pieces were purchased, and some were gifts, but each year her village grew a little larger.
Her companion, John Murphy, was so moved by the opportunity to help her create her villages, that he started collecting pieces of his own, and, combined with Pappalardo's, their village now measures 16 feet long, with ends of 7 feet and 4 feet, their largest village yet!
"It has taken John six weeks to create this", said Pappalardo. "And it's even bigger and better than last year!"
Their two story North Pole Village includes 5 skating rinks, mountains with skiers, a train, simulated flowing water, and many more beautiful features.
"Last year we had 700 people visit us, and this year we expect significantly more" said Murphy. "Perhaps 800-900 this year."
Pappalardo bought some material, and her friend, Alice Gross used it to create a skirt for the table. People all over Brooksby Village have been waiting patiently for a look at this new creation so they have invited once again all of the Brooksby residents and staff to bring their families and enjoy the Village.
If you would like to see their 16ft long North Pole Village, please contact Dani Baldassare, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooksby Village has three large clubhouses featuring an on-site medical center, staffed by full-time doctors, five restaurants, two convenience stores, two beauty parlors, a TV studio, a swimming pool, activity rooms, classrooms, game rooms and even two branches of a bank. Residents also have the opportunity to take part in hundreds of different clubs and activities. The community, home to more than 1900 people, also has its own Interfaith Chapel on campus that serves as the physical foundation for a strong faith-based community.