ASHAWAY — Food trucks, a bakery, a kids’ shopping area and a Christmas cantata featuring local choirs are among several new features added to the 19th edition of the annual Holiday Stroll in Ashaway, scheduled for Saturday.
Stroll traditions such as Breakfast with Santa and a fireworks display are again on the schedule to complement the additional features.
For the first time, a bake shop and food trucks will be added to Ashaway Elementary School’s holiday bazaar.
“We have added a new bakery and sweet shop where visitors can get a treat with coffee, tea, or cocoa while they shop or take goodies to go,” said Jennifer Ogren of the PTO’s bazaar committee. “We will have a huge cookie stroll at the bakery where you can select homemade cookies made by members throughout our community. We also have three food trucks this year, Haven Brother’s, GottaQ BBQ, and Red’s Street Food, to keep you fueled. We have over 35 vendors, introducing new vendors along with our old favorites.”
A kids’ shopping room filled with gifts that children can purchase will be available along with a kids’ wrapping and craft room.
The Pilgrim’s Baptist Church will be joining the stroll for the first time, offering Christmas mini golf, complimentary candy boxes, assorted refreshments and a gift card raffle. Other new attractions are a children’s craft hour at the Ashaway Free library and a silent auction for a Christmas village at Babcock Presbyterian Church.
Another addition will be a Christmas cantata hosted by the First Hopkinton Seventh Day Baptist Church and featuring singers from several local choirs, as well as a small orchestra.
Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Director Mary Sawyer said most of the stroll’s most popular attractions will return this year, and shuttle bus routes have been extended to transport visitors throughout the village.
“We’ve extended transportation by offering two shuttle buses from Crandall Field to all of the venues on the schedule,” Sawyer said. “Annual favorites such as Breakfast with Santa at the Ashaway Fire House, doughnut decorating and children’s carnival games at Trinity Lutheran Church and the horse drawn wagon rides at Crandall Field will be back again this year.”
The historic house tour will also return, with several homes open to visitors.
“We have six residents opening their homes for the house tours,” Sawyer said. “Maps for the house tours, as well as the stroll schedule, can be picked up at the Crandall House where live festive music, brought to you by the acoustic trio Barnacle, will be playing for most of the day. We ask for a monetary or canned good donation to the Jonnycake Center for the house tour map. The Crandall House has been beautifully decorated by John & Suzanne Briggs of Hope Valley.”
The stroll will end at Crandall Field at 7 p.m. with a fireworks display sponsored by the Ashaway Volunteer Fire Department.
The complete stroll schedule is available on the Town of Hopkinton’s website: hopkintonri.org or on Facebook at Hopkinton Rec.