Arts & Culture Patron: Peekaboo the Elf

Tell us a bit about yourself and your role in spreading holiday cheer?

Ho ho ho! Greetings, friends! I’m Peekaboo, and I’m one of Santa’s trusty elves. My role in the North Pole, near the Peninsula train depot, is all about spreading joy and cheer during the most wonderful time of the year. From toy-making to helping Santa organize his list, I’m here to make sure the holiday spirit is alive and well in Summit County.

We’ve heard about the North Pole Adventure program at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. How do you contribute to this magical journey?

Ah, the North Pole Adventure, the highlight of my festive duties! I work closely with the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, ensuring every child’s trip to the North Pole is brimming with wonder. Picture this: as the youngsters board the train, I work my elfin magic, transforming the cabins into a winter wonderland with decorations that could rival Santa’s workshop. And, of course, I take the lead in guiding those little hands to craft letters to Santa, ensuring each wish is heard loud and clear.

That sounds like a holly, jolly good time! As this month’s Patron of Arts and Culture, what tickles your fancy in Summit County’s artsy realm during the holiday season?

There is so much to do this month- including local theatre and wild lights. I would make sure to catch Magical Theatre Company’s “Paddington Saves Christmas.” It is a must-see! And I have it on good authority that Paddington does, in fact, save Christmas. So, no need to worry.

And let’s not forget the Akron Zoo’s Wild Lights event – a dazzling spectacle of over a million lights! It’s so enchanting; even the Grinch would consider a career change.

Are there any specific arts and culture events you could recommend before the close of 2023?

On Wednesday, December 13th, I’d head to Twinsburg Community Center for “Light The Night: A Hanukkah Celebration.” I also had my eye on the Stow Players Holiday Cocktail Hour, but alas, being an elf and not having any ID, I’m never able to enjoy cocktails. However, fear not! I’ll still be attending the Stow Players’ presentation of “A Christmas Carol” on December 9th. No cocktails for me before the show, but plenty of festive spirit!

It sounds like Summit County has a lot to offer during the holiday season. Any special message or wishes you’d like to share with the community as we approach Christmas?

From the bottom of my pointy elf shoes, I wish everyone in Summit County a season filled with joy, love, and laughter. Embrace the magic of the arts, immerse yourself in the cultural wonders around you, and cherish the moments with loved ones. And remember, keep spreading kindness and holiday magic wherever you go!