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2017 Celebrate Holliston Field Day

by Paul Saulnier
September 17, 2017

The sirens announce the approach of the 2017 Celebrate Holliston Parade moving up Central Street to Washington Street.

Watch the end of the parade and hear the National Anthem in the short video above.

The parade arrives about 30 minutes after leaving Placentino School, leaving about 50 pounds of candy along Woodland and Central Streets on its way to Goodwill Park.

First to disembark on Green Street is Lisa Zais, Holliston's Woman of the Year for 2017.

Right behind Lisa is Herb Brockert Jr, Holliston's Man of the Year for 2017.

First to pose for a picture on are members of the Lions, that greatest of Holliston's organizations established to give back to the community.

Still setting up before the crowds arrive are Bea Hait and Sheila Adams, members of the Holliston Historical Society which is dedicated to preserving Holliston's treasures and memories from centuries past.

Holliston residents always remember and are grateful to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Thank you for your service.

Celebrate Holliston also provides an opportunity for out-of-town businesses to introduce themselves, as Hill Food Services ( did with their offer of a freezer full of food to a lucky ticket holder.

HCAT polled people on camera about what they liked best about Celebrate Holliston. Watch HCAT for the results.

Senator Karen Spilka toured the grounds before she made her way to the stage to present awards to the Citizens of the Year.

Rev. Bonnie Steinroeder, above center, had faith that I would take a decent picture.

The variety of booths at this field day was exceptional. Our Town Publishing, left, and Hanstad Wealth Management are both outstanding businesses that support Celebrate Holliston.

No company is more enthusiastic about supporting great causes in Holliston than the Little Green Phone Book, owned and managed by Charlie and Susan Russo.

Ken Henderson, above left, and Robert Weidknecht, right, show off the Rail Trail's new off road trail vehicle, complete with a dump body. to be used to maintain the trail by the Friends of the Trail.

The offial presentations began with the National Anthem, sung by the High School Chorus and directed by Stu Britton.

Above, Selectman Jay Marsden presents a proclamation to Lisa Zais. Lisa accepts her award as Holliston's Female Citizen of the Year for 2017 in the following video:

Selectman Kevin Conley, above left, speaks of Herb Brockert Jr's many hours of volunteering. Herb accepts his award as Holliston's Male Citizen of the Year in the following video:

In the following video The Knights of Columbus announce their grants to organizations for 2017 totaling more than $150,000 over the past nine years :

Brian Rossini of BDR Automotive, left, and  Steve Proia of Authentic Auto Body announced the winner of a free car in their "Wheels to Prosper" giveaway to a deserving resident. "At BDR Automotive we have been very happy to be participating in a nationwide program launched in 2011 called Wheels to Prosper. This program awards a fully inspected, fully repaired car to a deserving individual, helping that person get back on his or her feet again."

Three throws at the bullseye from 10 feet away sinks a cheerleader. Cheating permitted.

HPD always presents a friendly face at Celebrate Holliston. Present this day were, left to right, Lt. Craig Denman, Dispatcher (soon to be going to the police academy) Ethan Coakley , Patrolman/SRO Ken Belson, Patrolman/SRO Bryan Digiorgio, Chief Matthew Stone.

Many parents took advantage of the opportunity for time away from the kids by putting them in the slammer. Rowan appears to appreciate the time alone.

Fiskes General Store. Say no more.

Lots of good information about events offered by Parks and Recreation.

Starlight Kids Parties was there to provide a colorful and memorable party as an alternative to the Mall parties.

Saint Mary's Knights of Columbus were accepting donations to their worthy causes and offered challenging games for the kids. Lots of Tootsie Rolls changed hands during the day.

Ahronian Landscape celebrated their 30th year in business by creating this gorgeous display in the middle of Goodwill Park.

Tony Lulec knows the bees knees and has been producing quality honey for many years.

Most outdoor events feature pony rides.

A large playground, above, was set up at the rear for the park and the Washington Street Players invited visitors to watch them in their next play Moon Over Buffalo.

Diverse Holliston, a new organization in town, was on hand to introduce itself to folks who may not have heard of them. Francesca Douyon is passionate about its potential to help Holliston diversify. Friend Diversify Holliston on Facebook.

These are the folks who make our kids wicked smart. They are the unnamed citizens of the year every year.

Nice to know that there is a safe and caring place like the Timothy Daniels House right here in Holliston.


Jerry Adams, a descendent of one of the original families that settled in Holliston, was Selectman when he appointed Yours Truly to the Conservation Commission in 1979, just a few months after I moved to Holliston.

The Pantry Shelf was a big winner today with a grant from the Knights of Columbus. Representing the Pantry were Steve Bradford and Michaela Campbell. Micheala is a volunteer at the Food Pantry and started volunteering in elementary school under the Project 351 Program. She started the Food Drive in the Miller School in 2014.

The ever popular chili contest, managed by Lisa Zais, is guaranteed to clear your sinuses.

The Hillbilly Pops kept the crowd singin' and stompin'.

Many of the shops downtown ran specials for the day, including the Kamala Boutique.

Don't tell anyone but, on the way home, I found the Secret Garden behind the Library. Who else knows about this?



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Comments (2)

Lovely coverage of a beautiful day. Thanks, Paul

- Pat Fuller | 9/19/17 11:06 AM

What a great job by the Holliston High School Chorus performing our National Anthem. Thank you very much. Steve Bradford, Commander American Legion Post 47

- Steve Bradford | 9/18/17 8:32 AM



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