Saturday, the crowd will gather at the bottom ofthe main staircase of the Daly Mansion, awaiting the arrival of that jolly old elf, Santa Claus.

The entrance at noon is a highlight of the Community Christmas Party at the mansion northeast of Hamilton. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. You will be greeted as you enter the home by Mrs Claus. There will be music by pianist Joan Roe and also by the Bitterroot Ragtime Society.

Cookies and crafts will be throughout the historic building, along with several beautiful Christmas trees. Tickets are only sold at the door. The party will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to Executive Director April Johnson.