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But Wait, There's More Stroll!

by Chris Cain
November 27, 2018

Mary Greendale's earlier article (with photos from Ken Robinson) got us a first look at this year's Holliston Business Association's Holiday Stroll.  Ken and Mary were not the only Holliston Reporter folks to cover this annual downtown hit.  Here's some additional photos and narrative that this reporter spotted during the course of the day and evening.

Isabelle Gagne, wearing an elfin hat from TD Bank, was spotted on one of the free trolleys shuttling strollers to the many venues.  Selectman John Cronin was acting as Trolley Captain on this excursion.  Selectman Jay Marsden was manning the other trolley.

Perhaps Isabelle and others on the trolleys were headed to the Upper Town Hall to enjoy some entertainment such as that provided by Fabulous Fran Flynn who provided family fun. 

Warming Chili was offerd by the Holliston Lions Club.  The Holliston Reporter's Doreen Martel was proudly wearing her Lions Club hat instead of her official reporter fedora.  Here she is pictured with chili chef Tom Merritt awaitiing their next customer.

Spotted along Central Street was an early sign of the Holiday season.  Not only does the early bird get the worm, but the early tree shopper gets the tree with all the needles -- unlike the infamous Charlie Brown tree.

As if by magic, a large crowd gathered along Charles Street.  The many anxious youngsters kept asking, "When is he coming?"

"He" in this case was NOT this festive dinosaur spotted in the crowd waiting for the real "He."  Is this a case of Halloween meets the Stroll?

And Santa and his head elf did arrive as all had hoped.  Santa led the audience in a chorus of "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer," before settling down to read "Twas The Night Before Christmas."

What a day for rare sightings: a dinosaur, Santa, and, hidden behind the video camera below, a glimpse of the mystical Paul Saulnier who was on assignment for the viewers of HOH.

Then down to Blair Square for caroling and the tree lighting ceremony.  Bobby Skerry and friends led the caroling as the crowd processed down from Fiske's.

But wait -- there's S'mores!!!  Members of Troop 73 dished out gooey treats.

This reporter went behind the scenes to watch the 'chefs' turn plain old marshmallows into ooey gooey treats -- with only a few becoming flaming cinders.

Then it was time to light the tree.  Here it sits before 'the switch was flipped' that lit up the tree.  The power strip, seen at the base of the tree, played an important part in the ceremony.

Representative Carolyn Dykema greeted those present and thanked Light Up Holliston chairperson Ed Daniels for brightening up our community.

Below, another rare sight, "Himself the Elf," Mayor Blair was on hand (sorry for the blurry photo -- it was an action shot -- my action not his)!  At just the right moment he provided the 'magic touch' that connected the lights to the electrical supply using the aforementioned power strip.

And -- let there be lights!  Clark Griswold would be approve of this display.  What a festive start to the Holiday Season.  Thank you HBA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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