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Plymouth embraces spirit of the season during Hometown Holiday celebration

Santa Claus greets local youngsters at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center during the town's annual Hometown Holiday celebration Saturday night. (Photo by Leigh Sharps) (click for larger version)
December 05, 2018
PLYMOUTH—A full day of events in town during Saturday's annual Hometown Holiday celebration culminated with a huge parade down Main Street, followed by a 'Chill-Buster' bonfire and the ever-popular visits with Santa held at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center on Green Street for the annual holiday celebration.

The merry gentleman himself brought up the anticipated end of the parade courtesy of the Plymouth Fire department who then escorted him down to the Center. Lines formed out the door for a wait with jolly Santa, assisted by members of the Pemi Youth Center elves who gave the little Santa secret-divulgers candy canes before they departed with their families to join the bonfire crowd by the Pemi river. The Center's helpers also manned the hot chocolate and cookie table. Upstairs, the Festival of Trees graced rooms and hallways and featured such unique Christmas trees as the one made from handmade wooden spoons.

The weekend began with two performances by the PSU Acapella Choir and the PSU Jazz Ensemble Concert on Friday. Festivities continued the next day with a 5K Jingle Bell trail run/walk, a wreath making workshop, a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Plymouth Elementary school and a Holiday Kids Party/family gingerbread contest also held at the school.

Between 4-5 p.m., the Main Street banks, Bank of New Hampshire, Northway Bank and Meredith Village Savings Bank offered cups of hot cocoa while event-goers warmed up.

From 3-6 p.m., Master Ice Carver Jeff Day, of Ice Designs, spent hours creating seasonal sculptures on the north end of the Common.

Also, on the Common, cookie creations with the Elves delighted youngsters as Tim Keefe led the overflowing Main St. crowd in Christmas Caroling with several encores. He also led the count-down for the lighting of the trees and gazebo on the Common bringing grateful applause.

Once the lighting was complete, the giant parade began with Plymouth Police Chief Stephen Lefebvre leading the way. Eminently qualified parade announcer Mark "Cabbie' MCGlone entertained the crowd as the parade walked by the reviewing platform on the Common.

Skate with Santa at the PSU Hanaway Ice Arena Sunday morning and the PSU Choirs' Holiday Family Pops Concert at the Silver Center wrapped up the weekend's successful events.

TriCounty CAP
Martin Lord Osman
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