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Fitchburg Making Holiday Memories on Main This Saturday

December 7, 2018

Eliza and Joshua Weidenhamer, Emily Vail and Joel Arnold, from the Stratton Players, dressed as Charles Dickens' characters during last year's Memories on Main Street event in Fitchburg. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE FILE PHOTO Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

By Mina Corpuz

mcorpuz@sentinel andenterprise.com

FITCHBURG -- Saturday’s second Memories on Main Street will celebrate several of the city’s sports teams while giving people a chance to get into the holiday spirit.

The free event takes place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the stretch of Main Street between Prichard and Oliver streets, which will be closed for traffic.

Hollis Hills Farm will provide hay rides throughout the day. The first ride will be for the St. Bernard Central Catholic High School’s championship football team, which will be escorted by the Fire Department. Next, Fitchburg State University’s championship hockey team will get a ride and be escorted by the Police Department.

“It will bring the two schools together and will hopefully bring people down here,” said Joel Kaddy, a city councilor who helped organize the Memories on Main Street. “It’s a nice event.”

Monty Tech’s cross country team, which had one of its best seasons, will also be treated to a hay ride, he said.

As part of the holiday festivities, Santa will be at The Local Spot at 480 Main St. with two firefighters to give out candy-filled stockings.

Fitchburg Library Director Sharon Bernard will play Mrs. Claus and read to children.

There will also be artists, crafters, and a farmer’s market set up at The Local Spot.

Nearly 20 actors from the Stratton Players will be dressed in Charles Dickens period costumes and take a stroll on Main Street to interact with attendees.

DJ Jim Bean will play holiday music throughout the day and serve as an emcee.

For food, Capo and Zapata Mexican Cocina will have food trucks and JT’s BBQ at The Local Spot will be open during the event. Beemers Pub and Grill at 310 Main St. will also be giving out free baked potatoes, Kaddy said.

He hopes the clear weather will encourage residents to come to the holiday event. Last year the snow was nice but may have kept some people away.

Kaddy plans to host another Memories on Main Street event again next year. Beyond that, he hopes that the city will take over or help with planning.

“It will be up to the city,” he said.

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