Sagamore Hills Santa helps keep The Polar Express on track

Sagamore Hills Santa helps keep The Polar Express on track

ScriptType| By Erica Peterson, November 19, 2018

When Ken Andrews retired from Nationwide Insurance three years ago and was looking for something to do, he never guessed it would be playing Santa Claus.

But when his wife Nancy saw an article about the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad seeking volunteers for The Polar Express, Ken decided to check it out.

For one thing, he looks the part. “The good Lord gave me this nice, white beard,” said Ken, 75. “He doesn’t do that for everyone.”

For another, the Sagamore Hills resident has an affinity for trains. A room in the Andrews’ Augusta Lane home is decorated with all things train, including a model locomotive and tracks that snake through the space.

The Polar Express seemed like a perfect fit. And after a few meetings about volunteering, Ken knew it was.

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Katie Brewer

Katie Brewer