VIRGINIA BEACH (VA) – Every year, Dana Freed, Dominick DiColandrea, moved into their Virginia Beach home from New York. They kept getting the same question form neighbors.
“Are they going to dress the goose?” Are you able to provide the costumes? Freed recounted.
They suddenly understood the bizarre questions when they remembered a discovery that they made during their move in.
DiColandrea said, “We discovered a box full of costumes in the closet. We initially thought they were small costumes for a dog or puppy.”
The tradition started in the 70s by the original owners, who dressed up the stone goose sitting on top of their mailbox on Stratford Chase Drive.
It was a family tradition that neighbor loved, so Freed & DiColandrea decided they would take it to the next level. Freed gained costuming skills from her involvement in New York’s high school theatre productions.
“It’s become a lot of fun for us. We enjoy it,” said DiColandrea.
They brainstorm together and come up with new ideas to find the right items at thrift shops. Although her current look is Elsa in Frozen, she has had 15 to 20 different outfits during the past year.
Freed stated, “My favorite was for Woodstock’s anniversary. And we dressed her up like a hippie.”
From a small box of costumes, she has grown to have a whole closet full of goose garb, including a rain jacket, winter coat, dresses, and many other items. She’s always dressed up, no matter what season it is.
Freed laughed, “We feel really bad when her naked.”
It’s a labour of love that neighbors have noticed. “We have actually received love letters. Freed said that she has received love letters. “I’ve received cards from people saying, ‘it brightens my life so much when you come by.’”
A neighbor sent photos of the goose to a Colombian family.
“She’s got international fame now,” said DiColandrea.
Freed stated that Halloween’s next steps are still a mystery.
To see the full effect of this, you’ll need to duck back.
Erica Greenway, WTKR’s first reporter, reported the story.