Cam­bridge lights Christ­mas tree

An­nual Christ­mas pa­rade set for Saturday

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — The fourth an­nual light­ing of the Cam­bridge Christ­mas Tree was held Saturday, Nov. 26, on High Street.

This year’s tree is 25-feet tall, cho­sen by the Cam­bridge Christ­mas Tree Com­mit­tee.

“On be­half of the City Coun­cil of Cam­bridge, I want to wel­come you all to our fourth Christ­mas Tree Light­ing,” said Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley in her wel­come to the crowd. “I want to thank the com­mit­tee, you ladies and gentle­men have done an out­stand­ing job.”

Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, and Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Tal­bot, were also in at­ten­dance for the oc­ca­sion.

“I bring you greet­ings from the County Coun­cil, and we wish you a great hol­i­day,” said County Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ricky Travers. “This has be­come an awe­some tra­di­tion. Speak­ing of tra­di­tion, re­mem­ber one thing. Tra­di­tions

and mem­o­ries last when the presents don’t, so find your­self a hol­i­day tra­di­tion that you can do with your kids and fam­ily.”

Travers said tra­di­tions, such as com­ing to see the first light­ing of the Cam­bridge Christ­mas Tree each sea­son, are the things we will re­mem­ber twenty years from now, and the things that can be car­ried on from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.

The North Dorch­ester High School Band, directed by Mike Hughes, and the NDHS Cheer­lead­ing Squad per­formed for the au­di­ence, and Santa was there to visit with the chil­dren and take a few pic­tures.

At­ten­dees en­joyed cook­ies and a hot drink while they lis­tened to the mu­sic, and then counted down from ten to switch on the lights on the tree for the first time this hol­i­day sea­son.

Res­cue Fire Com­pany’s an­nual Train Gar­den was open for fam­i­lies to en­joy as well.

The hol­i­day fes­tiv­i­ties con­tinue in Cam­bridge Saturday, Dec. 3, with the 68th an­nual Cam­bridge Dorch­ester County Christ­mas Pa­rade and Bushel Bas­ket Tree Light­ing. At 4:30, the tree will be lit in Craig’s Drug­store park­ing lot, at the cor­ner of Gay and Race streets, and the pa­rade will be­gin shortly af­ter.

This year’s pa­rade theme, “A Rock ‘n’ Roll Christ­mas,” will em­brace the nick­name of Cam­bridge, “Groove City.” Maces Lane Mid­dle School will be the event’s host band.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

The North Dorch­ester High School Band per­formed sev­eral hol­i­day se­lec­tions, ac­com­pa­nied by the NDHS Cheer­lead­ing Squad.

County Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ricky Travers and Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, cheer with the crowd as the tree lit up.

Cam­bridge Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley and Santa Claus led the crowd in the count­down to light the tree be­fore vis­it­ing with the chil­dren.

PHO­TOS BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

The North Dorch­ester High School Band per­formed sev­eral hol­i­day se­lec­tions, ac­com­pa­nied by the NDHS Cheer­lead­ing Squad.

The North Dorch­ester High School Band per­formed sev­eral hol­i­day se­lec­tions, ac­com­pa­nied by the NDHS Cheer­lead­ing Squad.

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