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Celebrate Holliston 2018 Field Day

by Paul Saulnier
September 26, 2018

Celebrate Holliston Field Day activities included everything Holliston, past, present and future.

Representing the past (as well as the present and future) is Fiske's General Store

The highlight of the event is the crowning of the Man and Woman of the year as selected by the Celebrate Holliston Committee.

Martha Ellis is our 2018 Woman of the Year. Martha has been and is active in so many volunteer activities that we'll just say the recognition is well deserved. Hear Martha's acceptance speech in this video:

PJ Kilkelly emigrated to Holliston from Ireland. PJ has been very active in Holliston's agricultural activities and is responsible for keeping Holliston's agricultural roots alive and well. Hear PJ's acceptance speech in this video:

Both Martha and PJ were recognized by Holliston's State Representative Carolyn Dykema, above, and State Senator Karen Spilka, below.

Selectman John Cronin, above, presented Martha with a proclamation from Holliston's Board of Selectmen.


Selectman Mark Ahronian presented the Selectmen's proclamation to PJ.

The Vice President of the Food Pantry, Keely Krantz, made a special presentation to two of the founders of the Food Pantry on the occasion of the Pantry's 25th anniversary. See the presentation in the following video:

Tom Anguish, above left, and Al Scaramella, brothers of the Knights of Columbus Chapter 14224, were on hand to make their annual contributions to local charities, including $2,000.00 to Habitat For Humanity, $5,000.00 to the Holliston Senior Center and $5,000.00 to the Holliston Food Pantry. To date the Knights have raised for charity $184,000.00. The Knights present their grants in the following video:

After the presentations, the entertainment began and ran all day with various acts by Holliston artists.

Just like the parade, Field Day is lots of fun for the kids of all ages.

HCAT (Holliston Cable Access Television) conducted interviews with anyone willing to get in front of the camera. They are always looking for new talent so maybe they found a few today. HCAT is a wonderful place to learn how to write and speak in public.

Don Cronin of HCAT is always willing to help volunteers learn how to use the equipment in the studio and out on assignment.

Ahronian Landscape and Design put together a bucolic garden in the middle of Goodwill Park.

After presenting their grants, the Knights of Columbus manned their booth to talk to residents about the many programs the Knights conduct throughout the year.

Mike Ibrahim really is a Hometown guy, born and bred right here in Holliston. Watch for his brand new facility opening soon on Washington Street across from the Post Office.

7202 Kicking it to Kenya sold soccer balls and shirts to raise funds for the building of a soccer field in Kenya and encouraged kids to write letters to the kids in Kenya.

Neela Patel has been working on Celebrate Holliston 2018 since the day after Celebrate Holliston 2017. Time to relax and enjoy the fruits of her labor with the rest of the committee: Lina Arena-Derosa, Peter Barbieri, Joanne Costello, Carl Damigella, Nancy Dubin, Ehret Catie, Martha Ellis, Theresa Lamkin, Chris Leoncini, Nichole Lessard, Amy and Andy Porter, Heather Scaringella and Kathy Shore who is off to Lexington, Kentucky with Cherry Fenton representing Holliston in the America in Bloom Symposium.

The chili contest is always a favorite booth and a good deal.

Fresh pop corn is the main attraction at the Historical Society booth but members take the opportunity to impart a little history to anyone who stops by.

Holliston's Finest were everywhere making sure people were safe.


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