By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter
Shrewsbury – Lakeway Commons kicked off the holiday season on Dec. 1 as many of the plaza’s businesses and merchants participated in a family-friendly community event that culminated with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Festivities included a “Christmas trick-or-treat” style stroll through the plaza where businesses welcomed the public with holiday refreshments, activities and give-a-ways.
Over 150 children and their parents enjoyed songs, hot chocolate and cookies and a reading of the “The Polar Express” by Santa Claus, according to event organizer Melissa Pride-Fahs.
Matt Armenti, relationship branch manager at UniBank, said that he was excited about the day’s activities and was happy to see so many people attending. He was also pleased, he noted, to have been able to help secure Shrewsbury High School’s a cappella choir who performed a selection of holiday favorites at the tree lighting ceremony.
Howard Grossman, the president of Grossman Development Group, LLC, and the owner of Lakeway Commons, was also in attendance, greeting guests.
“We want to welcome you here tonight; the choir was doing a wonderful job. I just want to say a very, very happy holidays to all of you and hope that you are enjoying the season,” he said.