Hanson Holiday Festival to make season sparkle
HANSON — The Hanson Holiday Committee is checking the bulbs and solidifying plans for its tree lighting festival at Town Hall green one month from now — from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12. Fireworks will punctuate the program at 7:30.
Santa will arrive by fire truck, after his customary tour of town neighborhoods, to light the tree and pose for photos with children, which can be downloaded from a web address provided at the event.
New this year is the sale of 500 buttons, which at $5 each, are intended to help defray costs, but are not required for admission to the free event. The buttons were produced through a donation from Sullivan Funeral Homes.
Every button purchased, however, will entitle the holder to a free raffle ticket at the event toward a chance to win a ride to school via fire engine for a family’s children.
Buttons may be purchased from Modern Barber Shop, Mike’s House of Pizza, Ford Insurance, Ferry’s Sunoco and Stitch ’N Time cleaners or from committee members Steve Amico, Bob Hayes, Fire Chief Jerome Thompson Jr., and others.
Other businesses interested in selling buttons, or residents seeking more information on where to buy them, may contact Amico at 781-293-2532.
“The committee thanks Sullivan Funeral Home for the generous donation,” Amico said at the committee’s Monday, Nov. 2 meeting. The final meeting prior to the event is slated for 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23, at the Fire Station.
“If we find that they went like that, then next year we can do [more] and we can get them earlier,” Amico said of the buttons.
Food at the event will again be provided by Mike’s House of Pizza and The Old Hitching Post, with the committee working to add Venus III and Meadow Brook Restaurant to the list. Shaw’s is being approached to supply water and possibly cookies again this year. A DJ will provide music and a living nativity will be provided by a local church.
The Fire Department is also considering expanding the fire pit to help keep revelers warmer.
Traffic control will depend on the size of the crowd, Police Chief Michael Miksch said, indicating he has three different plans from which to choose.