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Holiday spirit arrives in Northborough

By Liz Nolan, Contributing Writer

Olivia Vitorino and Elly Hansen show their holiday spirit.

Olivia Vitorino and Elly Hansen show their holiday spirit.

Northborough – Everyone knows it is the holiday season in Northborough when the town comes together for its annual Holiday Trolley Day and tree lighting ceremony. This year’s event was held Dec. 3.

The holiday trolley has been a tradition in Northborough since 2005 and is now coordinated by Northboro Local First (NLF). In an effort to encourage people to shop local, passengers were able to take a trolley ride and make stops along the route at local businesses, many of which had special events, discounts and holiday activities for all ages. Each trolley stop offered guests a raffle ticket, and winners were picked at the tree lighting ceremony. All raffle prizes were donated by local merchants.

The Northborough Community Affairs Committee sponsored the Tree Lighting Ceremony with the support of local businesses. Every year the tree is lit in honor of the memory of Army Pfc. Neil Ellsworth, a Northborough resident who was killed in 1967 in Vietnam at age 19. The national anthem was sung by Mary Kate Ellsworth.

The Marion E. Zeh Elementary School Children’s Chorus, directed by Allyn Phelps, led the audience in carols and hot cocoa and cookies were provided. Northboro House of Pizza provided pizza and collected donations to support the Northborough Food Pantry.

NLF is a collaborative effort by local, independent small business owners, community members and nonprofit organizations to help build and maintain a vibrant local economy. More information on NLF can be found at www.northborolocalfirst.org.

Photos/Liz Nolan

Marion E. Zeh School’s chorus leads the crowd in holiday songs at the tree lighting ceremony.

Marion E. Zeh School’s chorus leads the crowd in holiday songs at the tree lighting ceremony.

Patrick Susanin meets Santa at Northboro Chiropractic Center’s trolley stop.

Patrick Susanin meets Santa at Northboro Chiropractic Center’s trolley stop.

(l to r) Patrick Knepp, Christopher Goswick, Emily Goswick and Gideon Goswick greet trolley passengers at Goswick Eye at 345 Main St.

(l to r) Patrick Knepp, Christopher Goswick, Emily Goswick and Gideon Goswick greet trolley passengers at Goswick Eye at 345 Main St.

The Clark family waits for the trolley to bring them to their next stop.

The Clark family waits for the trolley to bring them to their next stop.

Armeno Coffee Roasters is a popular trolley stop with wine tasting for the adults.

Armeno Coffee Roasters is a popular trolley stop with wine tasting for the adults.

Michelle Kirkpatrick with daughter Julia, 5, creates an ornament at Armeno Coffee Roasters.

Michelle Kirkpatrick with daughter Julia, 5, creates an ornament at Armeno Coffee Roasters.

Kal-el Campos (left) and Danny Mosca ride the trolley with Casey Mosca after having their faces painted at one of the trolley stops.

Kal-el Campos (left) and Danny Mosca ride the trolley with Casey Mosca after having their faces painted at one of the trolley stops.

The holiday trolleys transport residents to local business stops around town.

The holiday trolleys transport residents to local business stops around town.

 

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