VIRGINIA BEACH – After Dana Freed and Dominick moved from New York to Virginia Beach last year, they received the same question from their neighbors.
‘Are they going to dress up the goose? Do you have the costumes? Tell me.
They suddenly understood the bizarre questions when they remembered a discovery that they made when they moved into their new home.
DiColandrea stated, “We discovered a box of costumes inside the closet. We initially thought they were small costumes for a dog or puppy.”
The tradition was started by the original owners in 1970s when they dressed up the stone goose sitting atop their mailbox on Stratford Chase Drive.
It was a tradition neighbor loved so Freed and DiColandrea decided that they would take it to the next level. Freed had learned her costume skills while working in New York’s high-school theater productions.
It’s been a lot of fun. We enjoy it,” said DiColandrea.
They brainstorm together and find the right items at thrift shops. Although her current look is Elsa in Frozen, she has worn 15-20 different outfits in the last year.
Freed stated, “My favorite was for Woodstock’s birthday, and she was dressed up as a hippie.”
From a small box of suits, she now has a full closet of goose clothing, including a raincoat, winter coat, and dresses. She never goes out without an outfit, no matter what season it is.
Freed laughed and said, “We feel really terrible when she’s naked.”
The neighbors are astonished at the labor of love. “We actually got love notes. Freed stated that she received love letters. “I have received cards from people saying, ‘It brightens my day so much when you come over.’
A neighbor even sent photos of the goose from Colombia to a family.
DiColandrea said, “She now has international popularity.”
Freed spoke out about what Halloween will bring next.