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Looking Back at 2018

by Bobby Blair
December 16, 2018

Looking back, 2018 could have been considered as the "Year of Light" in Holliston. December 21st a few days away marks the day that we begin to receive a little more light each day. 2018 was rung in by the Friends of Holliston Trails with their now annual trail walk on December 31st. This coming New Year's Eve will mark the 6th Annual Walk. Those walks feature fire pits along the route to guide 1st night revelers.

The rail trail was also the host of another type of light event on the 4th of July when the builders of the trail and the committee who planned the renovation of the 8 Arch Bridge were hosted along with townspeople to a laser light show at the arches on Woodland Street depicted below.

And of course the big light story of the year was the installation of traffic and pedestrian lights in the town square. Those lights continue to be the subject of controversy with some residents complaining about long waiting lines and drivers skipping through red lights.

And what would a summer's night be without the arrival of the Annual Lion's Club Carnival. Plenty of night time lights and excitement for each kid to ask their friends what ride they thought was the best.

The Central Burial Ground, above and below, received a makeover in 2018. The Eagle Scout Project of Lucas Pocher enlisted the help of scouts and their leaders as well as Ahronian Landscape and a very generous donor.

Blue hydrangeas were planted along the length of the cemetery and will match those planted the previous year in front of the 1st Congregational Church.

In October Kathy Shore, above left, and Cherry Fenton, right, represented Holliston in Bloom at the National America in Bloom Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky. The co-chairs brought home a National Heritage Preservation Award. That award is only given to one community across the country. While HIB had received three honors in the best of their population category, the big national award had eluded them until 2018.

If sports, politics & the arts make up Holliston culture, the summer concerts add to the flavor of varied events in town, many conducted by non-profits groups and organizations. The concerts at Goodwill Park are varied to appeal to young and old alike.

The American Legion Food Truck Festival is just another one of the varied events in town whereby residents don't have to travel to Boston and have something to attend right here in town.

There seems to be something for everyone if you look hard enough. The Historical Society  brings a car show along with breakfast each year on Fathers Day. 2018 was the 16th year the event was held. I love tradition and this is just one of the many, many events which make Holliston special.

 

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