Cam­bridge tree light­ing opens hol­i­days

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT [email protected]­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — The city of Cam­bridge and Dorch­ester County opened the hol­i­day sea­son with the sixth an­nual Cam­bridge Christ­mas Tree Light­ing cer­e­mony Sun­day, Nov. 25, in Spring Val­ley at the Dorch­ester County Cir­cuit Court­house.

Heavy rain post­poned the cer­e­mony from Satur­day to Sun­day, and vis­i­tors were greeted to a mild and clear 50-de­gree early evening Sun­day. De­spite the date change, vis­i­tors filled the front of the court­house to see this year’s tree and meet Santa Claus.

The Cam­bridge Christ­mas Tree com­mit­tee in­cluded Bil­lie Sue Nor­ton, Amy Craig, Sarah Hur­ley, Gage Thomas, Paul hur­ley, Michael Wheat­ley, Dave Can­non, Bill Craig, Patti Tieder, J. B. Tieder and Scott Daniels.

Cam­bridge Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley thanked the com­mit­tee for hav­ing the vi­sion to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether with the an­nual event.

“When this be­gan so many years ago, it was just a glim­mer in their eye of what this could be,” she said. “Now look at us. Cam­bridge as yet again turned out to cel­e­brate the hol­i­day. This is an awe­some crowd.”

Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R37-Mid-Shore, and Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Tal­bot; also at­tended the cer­e­mony with other elected of­fi­cials from the city and county.

“It is good to see ev­ery­one out here to­day,” Eckardt said. “It is a won­der­ful way to kick off the hol­i­day sea­son. I hope ev­ery­one had a won­der­ful Thanks­giv­ing. We have a lot to be thank­ful for right here in beau­ti­ful down­town Cam­bridge.

Dorch­ester County Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ricky Travers asked ev­ery­one to con­tinue to help the less for­tu­nate dur­ing the hol­i­days.

“Christ­mas is a great sea­son,” he said. “We need to

re­mem­ber the rea­son for the sea­son. The true rea­son for the sea­son is Je­sus.

“We need to re­mem­ber those less for­tu­nate dur­ing this time,” he said. “It is not al­ways a joy­ful time for those who are in need. So keep an eye out, if you see any­body like that, be­cause we have dif­fer­ent pro­grams that can help take care of them.”

Be­fore the tree light­ing, Santa Claus sur­prised the young chil­dren by com­ing out from the court­house. He then helped lead the count­down with Jack­son-Stan­ley to light the tree. Af­ter the tree was lit, chil­dren got to sit on Santa’s lap.

Sun­day’s cer­e­mony only be­gins a hosts of hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties through­out Dorch­ester County in De­cem­ber.

Cam­bridge Res­cue Fire Com­pany’s 84th an­nual Christ­mas Train Gar­den runs from Satur­day, Dec. 1, to Tues­day, Dec. 31, for the hol­i­day sea­son at 311 Gay Street. The train gar­den has been com­pletely de­signed. It is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day and 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Satur­days and Sun­days. The train gar­den is free and do­na­tions are wel­comed.

Cam­bridge and Hur­lock will both have Christ­mas parades this year, on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, re­spec­tively.

The 70th Cam­bridge Dorch­ester Christ­mas Pa­rade will be­gin at 5 p.m., start­ing from Long Wharf. The route will trail down High Street, end­ing at Wash­ing­ton Street. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at https://www.christ­mas­pa­rade.org.

The Hur­lock Christ­mas Pa­rade will be­gin at 5 p.m., start­ing at the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 331 and Thomp­son Street. The route will travel up Main Street. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at https://www.face­book.com/hur­lock.gov.

The town of Cam­bridge also will host an Old Fash­ioned Christ­mas Sec­ond Satur­day event, begin­ning Dec. 8 from noon un­til 8 p.m. Car­riage rides from Sim­mons Cen­ter Mar­ket will be avail­able from 5 to 8 p.m., along with a visit by Santa and car­ol­ers at the same time, be­tween 5 and 8 p.m.

A Sec­ond Satur­day pro­mo­tional prize will be drawn for par­tic­i­pat­ing con­tes­tants at 8 p.m. Live mu­sic also will be pre­formed by Ginger Cats at the Black Wa­ter Bak­ery.

More than 1,500 glow­ing lu­mi­nar­ias will line the streets of Vienna, the 300-year-old town on the Nan­ti­coke River, from 5 to 8 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 15. Ride the free tram, visit with Santa, en­joy en­ter­tain­ment at the churches, and find treats and the but­ton fac­tory at the Vienna Her­itage Mu­seum.

Sev­eral homes will be open to pa­trons with house tour tick­ets, which can be pur­chased at the Vienna Her­itage Mu­seum at 303 Race Street, which will serve as head­quar­ters for the event. The cost for the home tour is $5 per per­son; chil­dren un­der 6 free. All other ac­tiv­i­ties are free of charge. The event is spon­sored by the Vienna Her­itage Foun­da­tion and the Chicone Ru­ri­tans.

Search for more hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties in Dorch­ester County at www.vis­it­dorch­ester.com.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Wy­att Roberts, left, and Valo­rie Roberts meet Santa Claus at the Cam­bridge Christ­mas Tree Light­ing cer­e­mony Sun­day, Nov. 25.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

The Com­mu­nity Mass Choir per­forms at the Cam­bridge Christ­mas Tree Light­ing cer­e­mony Sun­day, Nov. 25.

Chil­dren wel­come Santa Claus to the Cam­bridge Christ­mas Tree Light­ing cer­e­mony Sun­day, Nov. 25.

Makayla Peel, left, and Jack­son Bond meet Santa Claus at the Cam­bridge Christ­mas Tree Light­ing cer­e­mony Sun­day, Nov. 25.

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