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Hopkinton Historical Society ready for children’s holiday party on Saturday

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HOPKINTON - The Hopkinton Historical Society will be holding a free children’s holiday party on Saturday, and Santa Claus will be making an appearance during the event.

The party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m at the Hopkinton Town Hall.

The event, which has been happening for quite a few years, will feature plenty of snacks, activities and gift giving.

“There will be a table set up with some people helping kids do crafts,” according to the group’s president, Dale Burnett,. I think they will be doing Christmas ornaments this year. There will also be plenty of snacks and perhaps some games. There will also be two pinatas, one for younger kids and one for older kids.”

Mr. Burnett added that the turnout for the party is typically very good, with last year’s crowd totaling in the 70s. “The turnout seems to increase every year as word gets out,” he said.

Aside from the food and games, one of the highlights of the afternoon should be Santa’s arrival and subsequent dishing out of presents to all of the kids.

“The Summerfest Committee has been working, getting gifts for months, and they are all wrapped. When the kids come in, we get their names and ages for the gifts, which Santa hands out later,” Mr. Burnett said. “At first it is kind of bedlam with all of the kids. Once, we start with the activities, it settles down.

“Santa arrives on a fire truck out in the parking lot. So when the kids see that arriving they go to the window and are very excited.”

Each year the Hopkinton Historical Society sponsors the holiday party in conjunction with the Summerfest Committee.

The society’s goal in hosting the holiday party is to make the holiday season more special for each child.

“We know that there are some families that could use the help with Christmas gifts. We’re primarily thinking of the families like that but all are welcome,” Mr. Burnett said. “We like to think that we are making Christmas a little brighter for some kids.”

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