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Holiday Trolley Takes a Year Off; Tree Lighting, Book Sale On

Plans for the Holiday Trolley have been canceled this year, but the tree lighting is still on.

Started in 2005 as a way to unite the town and promote local small businesses and organizations, the Northborough Holiday Trolley was one of the town's most popular annual events.

This year, however, the trolley is canceled, according to Kimberly Reed, manager of the Purple Rose who started the Holiday Trolley along with Vicki Martelli, owner of the Purple Rose, and Patti Murphy, owner of Strut.

Reed said, "we're taking a year off due to the downtown project, and allowing newer businesses in town to become established so we can come back stronger."

The annual tree lighting, however, is still taking place on Dec. 8. 

Reed added that many town events are still taking place on this day and all retail shops and restaurants are still open for business. There is a free holiday concert at the Library starting at 11:30 a.m. and the annual tree lighting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Ellsworth tree in the town's center.

Hosted by the Northborough Community Affairs Committee, "the tree lighting and caroling takes place in the center of town at 5:30 p.m. This event began in 1968 in honor of the memory of Neil Ellsworth, an Army private first class, who was killed in Vietnam in 1967 at the age of 19. Born and raised in Northborough, Ellsworth was the first town resident to die in the Vietnam War. The Ellsworth family is honored every year by the naming of the tree in Neil’s honor."

The Northborough Free Library will also continue with its annual book sale.

jane November 16, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Too bad since the Holiday Trolley is a lovely and charming way for shoppers to browse in a unique style. The construction in Northborough has been a fiasco and for all the inconveniences it appears little will be gained. I hope the trolley returns next year and thank you Purple Rose for past trolley years!
Danielle Horn November 16, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Aww. This is sad, but understandable! Patch the Reindeer LOVED going last year.
Ellen S. Church November 27, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Hi, the link above to the library booksale is wrong. Here's some correct info: On Saturday, December 8th, we will start with a small, free holiday concert by the Assabet Valley Chambersingers at 11:30. Then at noon, the booksale will open. We will have mostly hardcover fiction for adults and teens. There will be a small selection of Children’s books and non-fiction books. The sale runs until 4 PM.

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