Holiday in Hollow to celebrate second year
BY: Kaitlin Fritz, Metro Source | December 06, 2012
Last year, the Clarence Hollow Association decided to host its first annual Holiday in the Hollow event. This year, the CHA has planned another great holiday event for the residents of Clarence to enjoy.
The second annual Holiday in the Hollow will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the location of the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market, the large parking lot between Ransom and Salt Roads.
This event, although mostly geared towards children, is open to families of the area. Holiday in the Hollow was created to be a free event and will stay that way as long as the CHA hosts it.
Santa will be making a special appearance at the event, arriving on a Clarence fire truck and will be taking the children on sleigh rides, snow or no snow.
The children can also enjoy hot chocolate and snacks that will be available and holiday music will be playing throughout the afternoon.
There will be holiday crafts such as ornaments for children and adults to make. They can decorate an ornament to take home and put on their own tree.
To keep warm, Cozy Fireplace will be bringing a fire pit. As it did last year, this will help keep families toasty warm in the unpredictable weather of our area.
A traditional storyteller will be in attendance to tell everyone those holiday stories that we all know and love to hear each year.
With this, there will also be caroling around the holiday tree.
The town of Clarence will donate a holiday tree again this year, which will be set up and beautifully lit at the event.
The tree lighting will take place at 5 p.m., bringing the event to an end. The tree will stay up and lit through December and the holidays.
“The children will be entertained all afternoon,” said CHA President Jean O’Connell.
They can write letters to Santa and put them in the mailbox. The CHA will be sure to send these letters to the North Pole in time for the holidays.
To add to all the entertainment and activities, families can also get some holiday shopping done as well. The CHA invited several local merchants to attend the events and set up shop.
“We really wanted to emphasize our local businesses,” said O’Connell.
After doing a local survey, the CHA came to the conclusion that the residents of the hollow worry about the lack of traffic coming through the area.
Holiday in the Hollow was created to help bring people to the Hollow and with the hope of attracting shoppers and diners to the local shops and restaurants.
“A lot of folks don’t get out this far and they don’t know these businesses are here,” said Chairman of the Holiday in the Hollow Ed Woodworth. “It’s good exposure to let people know who we are and this is what these places have to offer.”
The CHA plans to hold this event every year and attract more people each year.