Hadley’s Celebration of Lights kicks off the holiday season on Saturday

Posted: 11/21/2022 14:48:52

HADLEY — Hadley Girl Scouts will lead the singing of Christmas carols and seasonal songs as the town kicks off the holiday season with the lighting of the gazebo next to Hopkins Academy on Saturday night.

Beginning at 5 p.m. at Hopkins Memorial Park, the Edward Hopkins Educational Foundation is hosting a Celebration of Lights, an event that will include music, light refreshments, and non-perishable food drives for food pantries and gifts to be delivered to residents. kids. at area hospitals.

Kathy Tudryn, president of the foundation, said that all members of the community are invited to participate in the event, which is being held for the sixth time. The gazebo, which has a bell from the old Russell School, was built in 2014 for the 350th anniversary of Hopkins Academy.

Hot chocolate from North Hadley Market and Sugar Shack, cookies from Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery, and munchkins from Dunkin’ Donuts will be available.

The Hadley Fire Department will accept unwrapped toys and gift cards to be given to children at Baystate Children’s Hospital and Shriner’s Hospital.

The Hadley Police Department will collect non-perishable food items that will be divided between the food pantry run by the Hadley Church of the Most Holy Redeemer and Congregational Church, and the Amherst Survival Center.

The foundation was created to support public school teachers with classroom projects and administrators with diverse needs. Since its inception, the money has gone toward an outdoor softball batting cage, a school trip to New York City, and the purchase of a National Geographic English Language Learner curriculum.

To raise funds, Grown in Hadley crewneck hoodies featuring the asparagus logo will be on sale, along with tote bags and hats featuring the same logo.

Tudryn said the foundation will also be selling Grown in Hadley merchandise at the Goodwin Memorial Library Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.

“These two Saturdays also give anyone who comes to the library a chance to look at the Hopkins Academy memorabilia that we’ve put on display,” Tudryn said.

The collection includes Hopkins Academy yearbooks and senior class photos, weekly school newsletters dating back to the 1940s, and a nearly century-old toddler outfit.

Those who come on those weekends must use the entrance ramp to access the building.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at [email protected]

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