A holly, jolly Overture to Christmas


Photos and text by Cynthia Prairie

Saturday’s Parade of Packages, part of Chester’s annual Overture to Christmas events, was interrupted when emergency vehicles had to pull out of the procession to respond to a single-car accident in Andover. (There were no injuries reported.)

But that didn’t dampen the day as more than 20 kids dressed a Christmas gifts and elves mounted a nattily adorned haywagon pulled by a tractor driven by Rick Bliss to ride the short route with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Once they arrived at the Green from Chester-Andover Elementary School, it was light the Christmas tree lights then head on over to the Fullerton Inn, where Santa and Mrs. Claus hold their annual meet and greet as local children promise they have been good all year long. Cookies and cocoa were provided by the Fullerton Inn.

Information on next Saturday’s (Dec. 14) Annual Christmas Dinner for Seniors and the town Christmas Party can be found here. Click a photo to launch the gallery.

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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 40 years. Cynthia has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland, and has won numerous state awards for her reporting. As an editor, she has overseen her staffs to win many awards for indepth coverage. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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