Hadley’s Celebration of Lights kicks of holiday season Saturday

  • The second annual Celebration of Lights at the Hopkins Memorial Park gazebo in Hadley drew a good crowd on Nov. 24, 2018. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Friday, November 25, 2022

HADLEY — Hadley Girl Scouts will lead the singing of carols and seasonal songs as the town begins the holiday season with the lighting of the gazebo next to Hopkins Academy on Saturday evening.

Starting at 5 p.m. at Hopkins Memorial Park, the Edward Hopkins Educational Foundation is putting on the Celebration of Lights, an event that will include music, refreshments, and the collection of both nonperishable food items for food pantries and gifts that will be brought to children at area hospitals.

Kathy Tudryn, president of the foundation, said everyone from the community is invited to participate in the event, being held for the sixth time. The gazebo, which holds a bell from the former Russell School, was built in 2014 for the 350th anniversary of Hopkins Academy.

Hot chocolate from the North Hadley Market and Sugar Shack, cookies from Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery, and munchkins from Dunkin’ Donuts will be available.

The Hadley Fire Department will be accepting unwrapped toys and gift cards for children at Baystate Children’s Hospital and Shriner’s Hospital.

The Hadley Police Department will be collecting nonperishable food items that will be divided between the food pantry run by the Most Holy Redeemer Church and the Hadley Congregational Church, and the Amherst Survival Center.

The foundation was created to support teachers in the public schools with classroom projects and administrators with various needs. Since its creation, money has gone toward an outdoor softball batting cage, a class trip to New York City and the purchase of a National Geographic English Language Learners curriculum.

To raise money, Grown in Hadley crew neck and hoodie sweatshirts, featuring the asparagus logo, will be on sale, along with tote bags and hats with the same logo.