SWOYERSVILLE — Superheroes took a break from saving the planet as they shared a lunch of chicken fingers and fries with beautiful princesses in the basement of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Sunday.
Sponsored by the Swoyersville Kiwanis Club, the children’s character luncheon was so popular that a second seating had to be scheduled, said organizer, Kathy Brezny.
Dressed as their favorite action hero or princess, more than 60 children, ranging in ages from 1 to 9, attended the event.
Current and former Wyoming Valley West students Kara Romanowski, Julie Green, Matt Butchko and David Gavlick portrayed Elsa and Anna from the movie “Frozen,” a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and Spiderman, respectively.
Brezny credits her granddaughter for giving her the idea of having a character luncheon for area children.
“My granddaughter went to one in Virginia, but we wanted to make this more reasonable,” she said.
For an admission price of $9, which was paid in advance, children received a full lunch, which included a “create your own” ice cream sundae bar, photos with the characters, chances to win raffle prizes and a parting gift.
“We thought it would be something we (the Kiwanis) could do for the community children,” Brezny said.
Although the admission price covered most of the expenses, the Kiwanis funded the difference.
Brezny pointed out that the costumes for the aforementioned characters were provided by Costumes by Barbara in Luzerne and some of the food was provided by Murphy’s Pub in Swoyersville.
Dressed in a silver tutu, multicolored strappy metallic sandals, a chunky beaded necklace and a pink shirt with her favorite “Frozen” princesses on the front, 2 1/2-year-old Lexi Bartle clutched her mother Amber Smith’s neck.
“I thought it would be great to bring my daughter to a character lunch,” said Smith, 35, of Pittston. “It’s reasonable and a smaller setting, so it’s not so scary for her.
“It’s a great excuse to get dressed up.”