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Easthampton readies for Holiday Stroll Friday

Workers are hanging holiday lights around the downtown this week in preparation for the annual Holiday Stroll and a visit from Santa Claus Friday.

“It’s always a great event,” said Eric Snyder, executive director of the Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the event. “The lights are up around town, we’ll be finishing up the lights in Pulaski Park within the next few days,” he said.

Snyder said last year’s event drew between 500 and 600 people to the downtown to see the lights, sing carols and celebrate the holiday season.

Rachel Connell, the newly crowned 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of Greater Easthampton, will lead the stroll. It begins at 7 p.m. at Maple Street School and will continue down Cottage Street, where Connell will flip the switch to light up the Christmas tree floating on Nashawannuck Pond.

Led by a truck playing Christmas carols, the group will continue up Union Street and onto Main Street to Pulaski Park, where they can enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while waiting for the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the gazebo and Pulaski Park trees.

Holiday music will also be provided by the Southampton Community Chorus and band students from Easthampton Public Schools, Snyder said.

For more information, contact the chamber at (413) 527-9414.

— REBECCA EVERETT

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