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There was no mistaking the family feeling that surrounded on Saturday morning.
“This is a community mall, where people come to meet,” said the mall’s senior marketing manager, Annie Wildasin. “For 30 years, people have been coming here for the stores, for the entertainment, to eat and to enjoy the surroundings. So we want this celebration to involve the community and especially families.”
While performer Uncle Pete provided the party’s musical entertainment for a couple of dozen children and their parents, Miss Kitty the Clown carried her lighter-than-air canopy of balloons around the fringe of the crowd, getting reacquainted with “old friends.”
“See that little girl in red?” said Miss Kitty, pointing toward 3-year-old Nottingham resident Isabella Pollara. “I just sold her a balloon, and it used to be that I would sell balloons to her mom when she was a kid!”
Miss Kitty has been working at the mall since the very beginning. “I’m seeing the third generation of families now,” she said. “People come to visit, to shop, to have lunch—and it’s not just the young, but the old, too. It’s nice for them to come here and feel safe.”
Crissy Patrick of Kingsville arrived at the hour-long party with her two daughters, 4-year-old Rylee and 2-year-old Zoe. “We live right around the corner,” Crissy said, “so I told the girls we would stop here on the way to the pool.” Rylee was one of the first children to warm up to Uncle Pete’s act, quickly leaving her seat to dance, sing and catch bubbles. A sleepy-eyed Zoe seemed a bit reluctant at first, but soon joined her sister.
“They are loving him!” Crissy Patrick beamed.
The party concluded with goodie bags for the children and cupcakes for everyone. Next on the agenda was a “Meet and Greet” with the Aberdeen IronBirds mascot, plus a kids’ dance party. The afternoon’s schedule called for an “’80s and Today” fashion show, featuring amateur models from the community. Sunday promised other activities to celebrate the mall’s 30th birthday.
Through it all, Miss Kitty the Clown promised to be making her rounds and greeting people, just like it was done in 1981. “With everyone I know here, I feel like it’s my second family,” she said.