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Holliston a Tourist Destination at Least for an Afternoon

by Bobby Blair
October 8, 2017

What a huge honor it was to be asked to be a tour director by the Holliston in Bloom Committee if only for 25 minutes on Saturday afternoon. Along with Mary Greendale and Town Historian Joanne Hulbert our three buses snuck in the back way to town via Ashland from the Sheraton Tara in Framingham as part of the National America in Bloom Symposium which Holliston had the honor of hosting this year. As part of our mini tour I was able to point out to our visitors from 32 different states my own dahlia farm on Highland Street as the bus drivers obliged in slowing down their coaches.

Upon our arrival on Green Street our visitors were greeted and musically accompanied into Goodwill Park by the high school band. "I've never seen anything like this before" said one Delaware visitor. The Holliston High School Chorus performed under the direction of Stu Britton.

The menu for the day included lobster rolls being prepared by Chris Leoncini, above, from the Superette and Pilgrim Sandwiches supplied by Out Post Farm, Cape Cod Potato Chips, Boston Baked Beans and chowdah, the repast for an authentic New England meal followed by Boston Cream Pie.

The Holliston Leos, the junior partner of the Lion's Club, volunteered to serve under the tent.

Past president of AIB Marvin Miller, above left, joined HIB co-chair Kathy Shore, center, under the tent prior to the walking tour of downtown.

Selectman and co-chair of HIB, Mark Ahronian, is joined by Town Administrator, Jeff Ritter, for lunch. Volunteer tour leaders and HIB hosts were purposely seated next to our visitors and encouraged to mingle to make everyone feel welcome.

Adding to the Afternoon festivities and riding in from the third base line were the Tobin brothers, Paul (portraying Paul Revere on the left) and Andrew, as William Dawes. The young men's dad, Bill Tobin, a member of HIB, passed away unexpectedly earlier this spring but was surely pulling some strings from above in the form of good weather.

Jim Cormier of the Mudville Ball Team gave the crowd a stirring rendition of the "Ode to Mudville" accompanied by the Holliston High School Chorus.

First Queen of Mudville Nancy Karis in yellow helped serve Irish Coffee and scones to our visitors at the Casey at the Bat stop. Karis was assisted by Vicky Quinn, Dave Boudreau, Patty Maley, Amy Vaughn and Debbie Kerrigan who served as time keeper.

As Mayor, I gave the tourists a historical account of Mudville as Holliston's early Irish settlement and then turned the camera on them as a reporter. An awards banquet was held later in the evening and the compliments were numerous. Repeated time and again was how beautiful a town Holliston is. Another common theme was how wonderful the tour was organized. One Mayor from the Midwest (who wished to remain nameless) said "I've been to many of these symposiums and you guys beat all others hands down".

 

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Comments (4)

Congratulations to Holliston in Bloom and the entire community for rolling out the red carpet to welcome America in Bloom symposium guests. Your hospitality is unmatched. What an amazing group of volunteers who worked sow hard to showcase the community to this national audience. The town looks beautiful! Well done, Holliston! It was a wicked pissah!

- Laura Kunkle, America in Bloom Executive Director | 10/11/17 5:20 PM

Thank you to all the administrators, volunteers, activity participants, teams for such an amazing tribute to the town and the spirit that lives here. It was beautiful!

- Linda Hammond | 10/8/17 9:14 AM

Wow! What a wonderful day you planned to showcase Holliston and Massachusetts! HIB has been such an asset for our town. It has never looked more beautiful! Congratulations! Sue Schnapp

- Sue | 10/8/17 8:41 AM

How proud you all must be! Volunteers bring so much beauty to those who live in Holliston and to all who drive through town. It's wonderful that you are being recognized by those around the country. Well deserved.

- Linda Desatnick | 10/8/17 7:32 AM

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