Town Comes ‘Alight’ for the Holidays

On Dec. 13 Suffield Alight welcomed residents “home for the holiday on a self-guided tour of Suffield’s beautiful historic Main Street, adorned in finery and alight in the brilliance of the season.” 

Main Street neighbors, local businesses, nonprofits and town departments dazzled in all-out effort to transform the street into a magical wonderland. The enthusiastically received event succeeded in spreading holiday cheer and providing a much needed respite from the pandemic. Social distancing and mask wearing ensured a safe evening for all.

Spearheaded by Suffield First Selectwoman Melissa M. Mack, neighbors embraced the spirit and decorated their homes and offices along Main Street setting the stage for the night’s celebration. 

The event featured the Highway Department’s festive lighting in a section for kids of all ages with Mack noting, “Clark Griswold had nothing on them.” 

Kent Memorial Library pulled out all the stops with a Macy’s-like window from which fireside stories were read about Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza. The IT Department ensured the readings could be heard from the sidewalk below, but also via livestreaming. 

The Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association provided its version of Life Star with its reindeer-led ambulance. The Grinch was caught stealing the Police Department’s blue lights from one of its cruisers. The Fire Department bedazzled one fire engine. Suffield Community Aid accepted donations for its COVID-19 Relief Fund and offered free masks on its donation tree. 

Parks & Recreation organized Santa’s horse-drawn carriage which meandered along Main Street. The Suffield Girl Scouts included festively decorated trees. Suffield Academy’s students brought their spirit while Suffield Public Schools AgriScience elicited oohs and ahhs with adorable baby goats. Pre-recorded handbell music from the First Church of Christ enlivened the Town Green. It was a team effort, and a night for Suffield to remember.

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