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Medfield launched itself into the season over the weekend with several events that highlighted different facets of the holiday spirit. The Medfield Holiday Stroll, annual holiday parade, and MFi Angel Run each contributed their own “special sauce” to Medfield’s stew of festivities, delighting the town in the process.
On Friday night, December 2, the weekend kicked off with the Cultural Alliance of Medfield’s (CAM) Holiday Stroll. Warmly-dressed Medfielders ambled along Main Street, stopping in at any of a number of venues to interact with local artisans and peruse their wares. Outside, roaming carolers, an ice sculpture, and countless happy families lent a sense of warmth to the chilly evening.
The event also included the annual Medfield Employers and Merchants Organization (MEMO) tree lighting ceremony. Residents joined MEMO in illuminating the trees in Baxter Park in addition to placing banners along Main Street. A drawing was also conducted to select six little Medfielders to ride along with Santa Claus in the annual holiday parade the next morning.
The parade, featuring floats, Girl and Boy Scouts, fire engines, dance groups and (of course) Santa Claus himself, was a festive success.
Finally, Sunday morning played host to the Medfield Foundation’s (MFi) Angel Run, a 5K road race commemorating the life of Natasha Domeshek. A bumper crowd of 1,432 runners came to Medfield to participate in the race, all of whom were greeted by a beautiful day. “We felt that Natasha's spirit was truly blessing us yesterday with the sunshine,” reflected Diane Smith of MFi.
The top ten finishers for the 2016 Angel Run: John Churchill (Medfield, 17 years old, 17:27), Tony Delogne (Walpole, 42, 17:36), Patrick Troy (Medfield, 40, 18:04), Mark Fitzpatrick (Medfield, 16, 18:10), Craig McCordic (Medfield, 51, 18:28), Sean Robertson (Medfield, 21, 18:44), Claudia Tishler (Medfield, 22, 18:45), Mike Donohue (Medfield, 39, 19:15), Douglas Connolly (Medfield, 18, 19:17), and Keith Maher (Millis, 38, 19:38).
Whether they were strolling down Main Street, running up Nebo Street, or riding on Santa’s sleigh, Medfielders could agree on one thing: the town’s first weekend of the holiday season was a memorable one.