Shrewsbury ‘lights up the Common’ for the holidays

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Shrewsbury ‘lights up the Common’ for the holidays
Lights line the path to First Congregational Church. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

SHREWSBURY – Shrewsbury Common was filled with holiday spirit Dec. 3.

This marked Shrewsbury’s fourth annual Yuletide Market and Light the Common event.

This year, the Flynn family had the honor of flicking the massive switch that lit up the Town Common.

“We rely heavily on sponsors,” Lynch said. “The Flynn’s own Al’s Oil and Flynn’s Truck Stop and they were a major donor, so we asked them to do the honor of flipping the switch.”

The event also featured the Yuletide Market. In one of the tents, residents browsed mittens, hats and scarves made with Alpaca fur that were created by Faith Mayer.

Mayer, who owns AlpacaLlips in Rutland, said she has been invited to the market “multiple times.”

“This is just one of our most successful fairs every year,” she said.

Shrewsbury High School junior Katelyn Henczel roamed around the market in search of crafts.

“I love seeing all the different creations people make,” she said.

Sporting their very own Shrewsbury-themed winter gear and holding warm beverages, Share the Warmth volunteers welcomed residents into their tent.

Share the Warmth is a fundraiser organized by SELCO that aims to raise funds for residents who can’t afford heat and electricity by selling Shrewsbury-themed items, including hats, scarfs and ornaments.

According to Marketing and Communications Manager of SELCO Rick Maksian, Share the Warmth has donated over $100,000 to the Shrewsbury community since 2019.

Maksian added that the fundraiser has been going on for about 20 years.

He called the Yuletide Market “a great place” to sell their products.

“That’s where people are in the mood for giving … where we have seen very generous donations happening. We like to go over there and help the community,” he said.