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Getting "Grinchy" In The Sullivan Catskills

The Grinch Candy Cane Hunt Debut

We invited The Grinch to come down from his cave on Mt. Crumpit to join us in Callicoon, NY on Saturday, December 8th. Though uninspired at first, The Grinch found out Dickens on Delaware would be providing loads of holiday goodies and treats for everyone. “He would spoil the event by hiding all the candy canes and turning some of them green,” he thought, “and he would be there to witness the looks of despair on all of their faces afterward!”

He gloated at the very thought and confirmed his attendance.

Getting Grinchy In Callicoon

Over 100 kids and their guardians gathered at The Delaware Youth Center to witness The Grinch make his first annual appearance! He made his mean green way around town pestering the local shopkeepers with his dog max, intriguing fellow townsfolk and peaking interest.

Let The Festivities Begin!

Walking into the Delaware Youth Center, party goers were greeted with holiday music, lights and decorations. Paper bags were handed out to decorate as they prepared for the hunt. A variety of activities were set up around the room, such as, Pin The Heart On The Grinch, Giant Jenga, Whipped Cream Game, and Create Your Own Grinch Slime w/ Glitter.

“The Grinch I stayed away from, he’s a mean one. Loved the whip cream and hot chocolate bar!” – Logan, Age 9

Photos By Jeanne Sager Photography

Candy Cane Hunt

Kids ages 4 – 12 ran outside to begin searching for Grinch green candy canes, gathering the red and whites as they found them. The Grinch came out eager to see the disappointed young boys and girls but was stunned by what he saw. He watched, utterly baffled, as they frolicked about the grounds searching high and low. They were not disappointed at all! In fact, his devious plan had only brought them closer together!

Photos By Jeanne Sager Photography

"I liked the candy canes and I got whip cream on my face and I was tasting it!" - Aaron, Age 5

Raffles, Prizes, and Refreshments

As everyone began to come inside, they made a stop at the hot chocolate station filling their cups with warm goodness, whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles. Fruit, snacks, water, and holiday juice were available to all. Raffles were drawn as a few lucky winners would win their very own custom-made Grinch Cake or tickets to see The Grinch. Green candy cane finders won Grinch cupcake cookies green Grinch Cookies. Candy Canes could be redeemed at The Callicoon Theater for a free popcorn, that week.

“I have never seen so many happy children in one place” – Tim, Grinch Party Volunteer

Grinch Cake locally made by Cait's Cakes - Photo By Jeanne Sager Photography

They Say His Heart Grew Three Times Its Size That Day

The Grinch entered the room and an overwhelming feeling of communal laughter and holiday spirit overcame his soul. His heart grew three sizes that day.

Photo By Jeanne Sager Photography

The Grinch enjoyed himself and returned to Mt. Crumpit filled with joy, love, and happiness. Maybe he thought, I’ll be back again next year!

meet our volunteer team

& generous donations

  • Dena Milk, owner of Avani Massage in Tyler Hill, PA provided generous donations, her time, along with recruiting her family to help. dena is huge supporter of youth initiatives and brings positive energy and passion with her volunteer efforts - Check out her Services here!

  • Upstate Update, our go to for speaker, entertainment, and lighting solutions. kevin is passionate about what he does and is our preferred vendor for all our local events. Check out his services here!

  • Josh Murphy, great MC and willing to give towards the community. His energy and passion for the Sullivan Catskills is inspiring. He continues to keep the energy positive and our events flow nicely with josh at the mic. josh is a real estate agent, contact him for your real estate needs! HERE

  • The Callicoon Theater, newly owned and operated by Krissy Smith, provided a generous donation for our giveaways! Giving away multiple movie tickets to three lucky winners! Check out their site here

  • Cait's Cakes donated Grinch Cookies and a custom grinch cake for our candy cane winners and one lucky grand prize winner. Cait's Cakes is one of our preferred cake vendors in the Sullivan Catskills. She is available for parties, events, and weddings! Check out more of her cakes here

  • Jeanne Sager Photography donated her time and is an amazing asset to our community! she does weddings, family portraits in the Sullivan county area! check out her work here!

  • The Family Tie Project - greeters, event marketing, signage, photobooth, custom costume maker and Grinch, overall event planning and execution. Check out our services here!

  • Delaware Youth Center - donated their space for the Grinch party! Nestled on the shore of the Delaware River in the rural hamlet of Callicoon, New York, the Delaware Youth Center (a.k.a Delaware Community Center) has been a central part of its surrounding community for over 70 years.

  • Callicoon Business Association - Presented dickens on the Delaware and collaborated with the team to bring the Grinch candy hunt debut to this year's town wide event. the cba also runs visit callicoon , check it out here!

  • Small Town Country 4 - H for volunteering their time and making this event a success!

  • Delaware job corps for volunteering their time and helping with our town wide events!

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