Hitchcock Academy celebrates holiday season

Events include lights, trees, songs, crafts, snacks, and more

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BRIMFIELD — The December 12 and 13 weekend kicks off Hitchcock Academy’s long list of Christmas festivities featuring lights, decorated trees, Christmas carols, crafts, photo opportunities, cookies, and cocoa. From 3 to 7 pm on Saturday the 12th, and from 1 to 5 pm on Sunday the 13th, thanks to the sponsorship of Pool Water by R.D. Hitchcock of Charlton (A long lost relative of founder Samuel Austin Hitchcock?) patrons can enjoy Santa reading Twas The Night Before Christmas and musical performances outdoors from Hitchcock’s second floor balcony.

According to Executive Director, Cindy Skowyra the goal of all the activities is to spread cheer while following COVID guidelines. “The idea,” she said, “was to come up with ways to share the season; to make memories, and still keep within protocols.” To that end Skowyra and her staff of elves plan to take full advantage of trees and greens donated by Weston Tree Farm and Lacombe Family Tree Farm to “spruce up” Hitchcock inside and out with an invitation for community members to come an use Hitchcock Academy as a backdrop for their holiday photos

Throughout the season Hitchcock Academy’s front porch will feature a Community Tree. Skowyra, says, “this tree is special. Other than lights, this tree will be decorated with personalized ornaments, which will celebrate the present while honoring special people who have passed.” For $5 patrons can purchase one type of ornament in memory of a loved one. Or they can become a Hitchcock Star by purchasing a star ornament. “The hope,” Skowyra says, “is to have a Community Tree every year; adding new ornaments to the old and turning it into a Memory Tree as well as a Community Tree.”

This year Hitchcock Academy is proud to be a Toys for Tots drop off location. Anyone can drop off an unwrapped toy in the box in Hitchcock’s lobby until December 15. Hitchcock will also have supplies on hand to craft your own ornament and to make a card to send to our troops. “We want to show our gratitude to those who serve,” Skowyra said. Crafting and cardmaking begin on December 9 and continue Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 8 pm and Friday from noon to 6 pm until December 23.

On December 16 at 6:30 PM artist Anna Ozolins will host a Make Your Own Centerpiece class. Cost of the class is $15. Interested participants should bring their own container but HFA will provide an assortment of seasonal greens. Skowyra also mentioned that people are free to bring any decorative accent(s) they wish to include in their centerpiece.

“There is no question that COVID has effected how we celebrate the holidays this year,” Skowyra said, “but COVID does not mean that we stop celebrating.” She reminds people to wear a mask and notes that activities will be set up to accommodate social distancing. She invites people to visit hitchcockacademy.org for schedule information and a complete list of activities.

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