Holiday Stroll comes to downtown Mattapoisett

Dec 8, 2018

MATTAPOISETT — It may be weeks before Christmas, but people came out in force on Saturday to celebrate the holiday during Mattapoisett’s Holiday in the Park and Holiday Stroll. 

The library opened its doors at 1 p.m. on Nov. 8, offering hot cocoa, crafts for the children, holiday book crafts and Patrice Tiedemann, Nicki Lawrence, Jeremy Young, Samuel D’Atri and Keegan Marshall-House from the Seaglass Theater Company offering Christmas music from 2 to 3 p.m.

Rylie Coughlin served as one of the library’s volunteers, helping younger kids to make candy canes out of pipe cleaners and beads. “I love kids. I go help take care of kids, so I thought this would be fun,” she said. 

Just after 3 p.m. in Shipyard Park, the Junior High School band struck up the Christmas carols. Children ran around, took photos in the big chair or stopped by the food tent for some doughnuts and warm drinks. 

“I was listening on the police scanner, and Santa Claus and Ms. Claus crash landed in New Bedford. The Mattapoisett Fire Department is going to go see if they can help out,” announced Rick LeBlanc, the event’s unofficial emcee, between songs.

Sure enough, the fire department arrived shortly after with a host of holiday characters including Santa Claus, Ms. Claus, an elf, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph. 

After some time to greet the holiday figures and take photos, LeBlanc announced that the tree would be lit at 4:30. After a countdown, the lights turned on for the first time this holiday season.