By John Anderson
On Friday night, hundreds gathered at Drury Square for the Fourth Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The weather fully cooperated this year, and those in attendance did not require umbrellas, thermal underwear or even a winter coat. And, if anyone was a little chilly, town employees were in Fire Headquarters serving up coffee, hot chocolate and cookies baked by students at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School.
Members of the Auburn High School Marching Band gathered under the tent along with 100 or so Girl Scouts and students from Pakachoag Music School who led the crowd with traditional Christmas Carols like Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
After an invocation by Rev. Dennis Knight and words by Town Manager Julie Jacobson, Senator Michael Moore, Representative Paul Frost, Chairman Ken Holstrom from the Board of Selectmen, and Chairman George Scobie from the School Committee, Santa Claus did come to town, and he did it in style.
Santa and his trusty elf Kayla arrived aboard the original Engine 3 of the Auburn Fire Department. The fire truck is owned by former Auburn Firefighter Gordie Holstrom who continues to restore his prized possession. After working through the crowd, Santa listened to the wishes of at least 100 children while Kayla distributed candy canes.
The tree lighting has become an established tradition in town and the efforts of Stearns Electric, the Auburn Police, Fire, DPW and Cable Television along with a group of volunteers are deeply appreciated. Happy Holidays to all.
Rumor has it that Santa will be touring the community in Tower 1 on Saturday, December 19th. A schedule will be forthcoming.