Northfield’s Special Day keeps folks coming back year after year
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Lily Harris Hendry, 10, Natalie Foster,11, Georgia Harris Hendry, 6, and Ethan Foster, 13, from Northfield, decorate gingerbread cookies during last year's Special Day in Northfield.
Carl Porrovecchio of Benardston drives the team of Haflinger draft horses pulling a wagon full of passengers along the side streets of Northfield during the Special Day in Northfield on Saturday.
Ethan Quinn, 5, of Northfield, hold up a snow flake that he just made in the Holiday Craft Making room at Green Trees Gallery where kids and adults participated in hand made holiday crafts with Upcycled/Recycled materials. Beht Bazler of the Northfield Recreation and Environmental Center supervised this activity.
NORTHFIELD — There was something for everyone at the seventh annual Special Day in Northfield Saturday.
“The event gets bigger every year,” said Kim Farmer, owner of Mims Market.
As Farmer finished getting her store’s gingerbread man station together, people were already lined up to decorate their cookies with candy. Farmer hauled out about 50 pounds of sweet treats to top the gingerbread men with. She said Gummi Bears are a favorite among the kids.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Farmer. “There will be nobody, then, all of a sudden, there are 20 kid in here.”
As the event grows, Farmer tries to make sure there’s a cookie for everyone.
“I made 353 this year,” she said. “Last year, we had 300, and it was down to the wire. I wanted some wiggle room this year.”
Sales, crafts, and entertainment keep people coming back to Special Day year after year.
“We try to come every year,” said Michelle Valle of Erving. “The crafts are the kids’ favorite part.”
Valle watched as her daughter Charlotte, 6, decorated her own wrapping paper in Green Trees Gallery Saturday, using paintbrushes and stamps on recycled brown paper bags.
In the next room, Santa Claus heard kids’ Christmas wishes, and checked his list.
“There are a lot of good boys and girls in town,” he said. “Everyone’s asking for iPads this year.”
While Santa Claus took down a list of kids’ Christmas wishes, the little ones headed off to do some shopping of their own.
It seems like there’s a new holiday pop-up shop every time you turn around, but the annual Children’s Holiday Bazaar has been popping up in Dickinson Memorial Library year after year for more than two decades.
“The kids love to buy presents without the adults around,” said Valle.
Grown-ups are barred from the bazaar, which exclusively caters to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The upstairs children’s room was turned into a mini mall, complete with gift wrapping and personal shoppers. Sixth-grade students and National Honor Society volunteers help kids find the perfect gifts for their families. They arguably had the best deals in town; the donated gifts were all priced at just 50 cents.
New pop-up shop Dala Bird saw quite a bit of business during the Saturday event.
“You couldn’t even walk through here this morning,” said owner Karina Berenson. “There’s been a lot of excitement about the Swedish and Scandinavian items I have.”
The little shop, in the Green Trees Gallery, had its grand opening Dec. 1, and plans to stay open through February.
There were several ways to get around at Special Day. A shuttle bus brought people to and from the almost-full lot at Green Trees Gallery, two horse-drawn carriages picked up fares at Highland Barbecue, and pedestrians walked up and down Main Street to get some exercise while they shopped.