GREENVILLE, Maine — A fierce, cold wind did little to dampen the spirits of town residents on Saturday as they helped usher in the Christmas season.
Cash registers were ringing, carolers were singing and children were beaming, especially after they had an opportunity to tell Santa Claus what they wanted for Christmas. The events were organized by Greenville’s Deck the Halls Committee.
Although the poor hunting conditions this year brought fewer hunters to the community, there was still a good crowd in town for the event, Greenville police Officer Matt Guilfoyle said.
“Everybody’s in a festive mood despite the wind,” clerk Adena Stewart said Saturday as she waited on customers at Moosin Around ME. She said people who stopped at the store were just getting into the mood for the holiday season. Customers appeared to favor moose-related sleepwear, jewelry, pottery and T-shirts, she said.
Cheri Goodspeed, co-owner of the Kamp Kamp, a takeoff of the former Indian Store, said business was steady throughout the day. The store, located in a portion of the Shaw Block where the Indian Store operated, carries a wide variety of trinkets for stocking stuffers, jewelry, antiques and “cabin clutter” furniture.
“It’s one of those stores that has something for everybody,” Goodspeed said Saturday.
Some visitors to the store said they were in Greenville on Saturday because they didn’t want to fight the mall crowds, she noted.
Toni Sarol, an employee at Great Eastern Clothing Co., said business was steady Saturday. She said she noticed quite a few nonresidents shopping in town and most were looking for sweat shirts as gifts.
The community event featured public meals, events for children, craft fairs and a parade featuring several units. The Christmas-theme floats were constructed by local organizations and were escorted by the town police and fire departments. In addition, several ATV owners decorated their vehicles and wore costumes much to the amusement of onlookers.
The highlight of the day for most was the lighting of the community’s Christmas tree near the Union Church, sponsored by the Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home and the Deck the Halls Committee. Residents and visitors purchased lights to honor the special persons in their lives or to remember a loved one in the Lights of Life event.
Lights are still available for purchase through Dec. 31. For more information, call the hospital at 695-5226.