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Medfielders stroll through downtown

By Julia Beauregard

Hometown Weekly Editor

On the first day of December, Medfield held the ninth annual Holiday Stroll. The Stroll allowed for the town to come alive with a plethora of activities for folks of all ages when it kicked off at 4pm.

Berkshire Hathaway celebrated with their annual hot chocolate bar, setting the tone for a night of community warmth and togetherness. Attendees stopped by Berkshire Hathaway to warm up on this chilly December evening. 

For the little ones, RE/MAX Distinct Advantage offered a reindeer food making station, transforming ordinary ingredients into delightful treats. Meanwhile, the First Baptist Church welcomed kids aged 3 and above to create holiday crafts, complete with snacks and cocoa. 

The Medfield Town Hall front lawn became a cozy haven for families as the Recreation Department provided s'mores over a crackling fire pit. Across the street, the library's Children’s Room hosted Children’s Crafts, including scratch ornaments and snow crowns, to spread holiday cheer through unique craft projects.

Diversity took center stage as Medfield Together hosted an evening of kids' crafts at Park Street Books, celebrating and educating attendees about Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and Lunar New Year.

The festivities continued throughout the evening with various activities, including complimentary decorated cookies and a free Scout Shopper Tote at Be Charmed, a screening of outdoor holiday movie classics and a station where children could write and mail their wishlist to Saint Nick at First Parish UU Church, and a pop-up PAWSitive Pantry at Park Street Books.

Medfield TV invited holiday strollers to immerse themselves in a winter wonderland scene at the Medfield Public Library with a green screen experience. Plus, they shared information about internships, volunteer opportunities, classes, and their Youth Media Program.

Local businesses joined in the celebration, with TTG’s Aesthetic Intent offering unique, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. Shoppers could explore handmade jewelry, wooden bowls, pottery, resin flowers, and toys, all crafted by local artists. 

As the evening progressed, entertainment took center stage with Snowflake Storytime at the library, a cappella performances by Trills ‘n Chills at various locations, carolers in front of RE/MAX Distinct Advantage, and a special meet-and-greet with Santa at Dwight-Derby House.

The Sanctuary at UCC became a musical haven, featuring live performances by singer-songwriters Jill McCracken, Joanne The Band, Mori, and a special presentation by The Dover Foundation.

The highlight of the evening was MEMO’s outdoor tree lighting ceremony at Baxter Park, which featured a dance performance, musical performances, and a drawing for volunteer elves to participate in the annual Santa Parade that took place on Saturday. As the trees in Baxter Park were officially lit, the holiday lights cast a warm glow over the town and marked the official start of the holiday season. 

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