The many scenes of Christmas in Hurlock

HURLOCK — Christmas in Hurlock is more than a parade. It is a day chock-full of “stuff to do.” This year it was an extravaganza of the first order. Mayor Joyce Spratt started thinking about Christmas 2016 the day after Christmas 2015. The planning began and by the end of summer the festivities started to take on a life of their own.

The day began at noon at the Hurlock American Legion post 243 with a craft show, tree and wreath contest, and yummy food prepared by the post’s auxiliary. The major change was moving the parade from noon to 7pm when the Christmas lights on floats were seen in all their glory. Youngsters were treated at 4 with showings of “Polar Express” in each of the town’s two train cars. For those who missed it, “Polar Express” will be shown again on Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m. in the train cars at the train station.

Councilman Russell Murphy is a mover and shaker in his efforts to beautify the town. In the summer he chaired the Beautiful Yard contest and for the Christmas season he organized the annual “Lights Contest.” Last year’s winner, Jeff Smith, joined Mr. Murphy in judging two categories – residential and business. Mr. Smith has a spectacular display this year as well at the corner of Railroad Avenue and Mill Street 1st place winner was the Franz residence on Academy Street; 2nd place went to the Ellsworth residence on Winfield Drive; and 3rd place was the Bethke residence on Dorchester Avenue.

The winners for the best decorated businesses include: 1st place, Country Chics at 51 Legion Drive; 2nd place was Chris Barber Shop at 105 Poplar St.; and 3rd place went to Mom and Pops at 103 S. Main St.

Maria Bono is the genie who makes the crafts magic happen. Half of the Legion’s hall was filled with crafters whose hand-made items were on sale. Items ranged from wreaths, quilts, decorations, leather goods, jams and honey, to poinsettias.

The other half of the hall was devoted to Christmas trees and wreaths. The public was invited to vote for their favorites and perennial favorite Kathy Humphries took 1st prize for her tree and her wreath.

At 3 p.m. the Tree and Wreath auction began led by auctioneer Scott Reagan. There’s something special about this auction. It brings out the humor in everyone – audience and auctioneer alike – and it’s tons of fun. All proceeds go to the Police Department to help make Christmas brighter for needy families.

Susan Bautz is a freelance writer for the Dorchester Banner.

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