Light up kicks off Christ­mas in Amherst

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNT Y - BY DAVE MATHIESON

AMHERST - Low tem­per­a­tures meant the Christ­mas light up at Vic­to­ria Square in down­town Amherst wasn’t as crowded as past years but the weather didn’t pre­vent peo­ple from pack­ing into the First Bap­tist Church af­ter­wards to sing along to Christ­mas mu­sic played by the Amherst Re­gional High School Band.

Peo­ple then bun­dled up and shuf­fled across the street to Dayle’s Depart­ment Store where kids from Spring Street Academy Ele- men­tary School gath­ered to sing Christ­mas car­ols. The kids sang in hon­our of their mu­sic teacher Ruth Ni­chols who re­cently passed away.

“The kids love the light up. We keep grow­ing ev­ery year with more and more lights,” said Amherst Mayor Robert Small after the cel­e­bra­tions. “And a big thank you to the Bap­tist Church for their par­tic­i­pa­tion ev­ery year in the light up, and then to cap the night off at Dayle’s. That’s so unique. You don’t see that kind of dis­play any­where else. We’re thank­ful to them for par­tic­i­pat­ing ev­ery year as well.”

DAVE MATHIESON  CIT­I­ZENRECORD

After the light­ing cer­e­mony, the ARHS Band played Christ­mas car­ols while peo­ple sang along to the mu­sic in the First Bap­tist Church Fri­day night, which was filled with Christ­mas car­ol­ers.

DAVE MATHIESON  CIT­I­ZENRECORD

Amherst Mayor Robert Small made some in­tro­duc­tions while kids, moth­ers and fa­thers gath­ered for the Christ­mas light up Fri­day night in Amherst. Small had kids come up on stage to help him push the plunger to light up the trees in Vic­to­ria Square.

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