The absence of snow — although it’s plenty cold now — cut down submissions to the Queens Chronicle’s Fifth Annual Holiday Photo Contest when compared to last year, but there were still a lot of goodies to choose from.
Queens residents really loved their Santa costumes, including a Polish biker club in Middle Village.
This year’s winner in the professional category was Steve Fisher, top right, who submitted his version of a “Twas a Night Before Christmas.” In the amateur category Barb Rueckher took the cake with her photo, below, of Santa Paul Belardo and his two trusty reindeer, Cheyanne and Dakota.
The winners will enjoy passes to either Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, an off-Broadway show called “Katie Roche” or some other family-friendly event to be held in or around the city this spring.
Just a few more months ’til our summer photo contest
Semipro photographer Steve Fisher won in the professional category with this photo of Polish Santa Bikers in Middle Village, and his accompanying poem.
’Twas ten days before Christmas, when all through the streets,
Shoppers were shopping, all looking for treats,
When out on the sidewalk there arose such a clatter,
I parked my car to see what was the matter.
The stores in a row looked to be normal,
As did the small cluster of neighborhood people,
When, on what should my wondering eyes pause,
But a group of bikes, and not one but four Santa Claus.
With drivers young and older, so jolly and quick,
I knew in a moment they must all be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles their hogs came,
And they whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the curb! to the end of the block!
Now dash away! Dash away! It’s already ten o’clock!”
Two sprang onto their bikes, to their friends a thumbs up,
And away they flew like a lively young pup.
But I heard them exclaim, ’ere they drove ’round the corner,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all Happy Chanukah!”