It's the MEMOst wonderful time of the year...
The Medfield Employers and Merchants Organization (MEMO) will kick the holiday season into full swing next week with many holiday events.
In preparation for the festivities, last weekend MEMO volunteers helped Henry Marcel install approximately 8,000 holiday lights at Baxter Park and Town Hall.
Each year, MEMO installs and sponsors the lights for the Holiday Tree Lighting and also runs the event.
Next week's schedule of MEMO-sponsored events includes:
- Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 7-8 p.m. -- MEMO's Joy to the World Youth Singing Contest, Medfield High School Chorus Room.
The contest is open to soloists in the following categories: Pre K – 5th Grade, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12 and duets and ensembles from all grades. The contest will be held on Tuesday night, Dec. 4, in the chorus room at Medfield High School from 7-8 p.m. All entrants must be Medfield residents, well-rehearsed and registered with written parental permission by the night of the contest, Dec. 4. Registration forms may be obtained at JTTWcontest@gmail.com
- Friday, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. -- MEMO's Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Baxter Park.
The Holiday Tree Lighting is held at Baxter Park (corner of Rte 109 & Rte 27). At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, the Medfield Community Singers will perform, the Joy to the World Contest winners will sing, and the switch for the Holiday tree lights will be turned on at 7 p.m. The contest participants will lead the singing of Christmas Carols. Also, a lottery will be held to choose Santa’s Elves to ride on his sleigh on the Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8.
- Saturday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. -- MEMO Holiday Parade, Blake Middle School start.
The annual Holiday Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8 beginning at 1 p.m. at Blake Middle School. The High School Band, costumed Girl Scouts and Brownies, antique autos, floats and fire engines will lead Santa and his elves through town.
The parade will follow a route proceeding from the middle school, left on Pound Street, left into and through Tilden Village, left back on Pound Street, right on South Street to lights, left at Lord's onto Main Street to Park Street, left on Park Street to Oak Street, left on Oak Street to Pleasant Street, right onto Pleasant Street, left on Metacomet Street and straight onto the Medfield High School grounds, and conclude in the middle school parking lot.
To coincide with the festivities, many merchants will be holding open houses, sales or other special events throughout that weekend. All of the activities are sponsored by MEMO.
- Sunday, Dec. 9, noon -- Medfield Seniors Are Invited to Enjoy The Annual Christmas Party, Legion Hall. Catered by Basil.
MEMO is also one of several sponsors of the annual Christmas Party held at Legion Hall. Medfield seniors are invited to enjoy a free luncheon to start the holiday season off on the right foot. The luncheon will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Legion Hall and guests must pre-register either at The Center at Medfield or by calling the Center at 508-359-3665.
A delicious luncheon starting at noon will be catered by Basils restaurant featuring chicken picatta with all the trimmings. Holiday music will be provided by the Paul Gookin Trio. Santa Claus will be there checking his list, so be of good cheer. This is an annual fun event enjoyed by Medfield Seniors. Seating is limited so call or visit now. Following the luncheon, there will be a raffle and presentation of Poinsettia plants to the winners.
Sponsors of this event include MEMO, the Medfield American Legion, the Medfield Lions, the Medfield Sportsman’s Club, the Medfield Council on Aging, Medfield Legion Auxiliary, Medfield Properties, and Walter Shackley and F.O.S.I.