Mir­a­cle on Main Street

Hol­i­day sea­son of­fi­cially kicks off

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Kevin Mar­tin [email protected]­ingjour­nal.com @MJKev­inMartin1 on Twit­ter

The Amherst com­mu­nity cel­e­brated the 13th an­nual Mir­a­cle on Main Street on Dec. 7, kick­ing off the hol­i­day sea­son in the city’s down­town core.

Hun­dreds of at­ten­dees flocked to down­town Amherst tak­ing in live mu­sic, and a pa­rade stretch­ing from the Amherst Pub­lic Li­brary to Amherst’s town hall in a cel­e­bra­tion of the sea­son and the city’s re­vi­tal­iza­tion ef­forts.

Nu­mer­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions and march­ing bands braved the weather to cel­e­brate the city’s start to the Christ­mas and hol­i­day sea­son.

Teresa Gilles, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Main Street Amherst said the sea­sonal shindig con­tin­ues to grow year af­ter year.

“To me this is my fa­vorite event of the year. It brings the com­mu­nity to­gether. It’s about com­mu­nity and fam­ily and just sup­port­ing our down­town busi­nesses,” Gilles said.

Ward 4 Coun­cil­man Matt Na­horn em­pha­sized the blend of tra­di­tion and sup­port­ing the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“Amherst’s an­nual Mir­a­cle on Main Street event is a fun, fam­ily-friendly tra­di­tion that blends wel­com­ing the Christ­mas and hol­i­day sea­son with bring­ing bet­ter aware­ness of and op­por­tu­ni­ties for our lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity,” he said.

I am al­ways glad to be able to be present and sup­port this event with friends and fam­ily dur­ing the evening.”

In ad­di­tion, Main Street Amherst’s head­quar­ters fea­tured its an­nual hol­i­day train dis­play from the Pa­pay fam­ily. The Madri­gals from Mar­ion L. Steele High School also per­formed a se­lec­tion of carols from the steps of Amherst Town Hall.

Gilles thanked the events spon­sors in­clud­ing Sli­man’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep.

“Their fam­ily is very gen­er­ous to the com­mu­nity,” Gilles said.

KEVIN MAR­TIN — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

The Amherst Steele High School March­ing Band par­tic­i­pates in the 13th an­nual Mir­a­cle on Main Street pa­rade in down­town Amherst.

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