The high school choir sang Christmas carols as Pembroke residents roamed the town green enjoying the annual tree lighting festival. Sunday afternoon kids were able to take a train or hayride along the community center, toast marshmallows over a fire for s’mores, and decorate holiday cookies. And of course, Santa capped off the night by arriving in a fire truck.
Selectmen Bill Boutler, who is also a member of the Pembroke 300th Anniversary Committee, was at the event helping with the $5,000 raffle sponsored by the committee, “The tree lighting is very nice; it brings the community spirit together. All the kids are here and all the different families are here to watch the lighting, see Santa Clause, and take a hayride. I think there’s quite a few people here this year, probably more this year then I’ve seen in the past. It’s very good.”
On Sunday, Marshfield residents also joined in on holiday celebrations and attended the town festival in Library Plaza. Kids had their hands full with train rides, face painting, and balloon animals while Marshfield Famous Pizza supplied food to the crowd.
The year-round community clothing bank, Sowing Seeds was at the festival collecting goods from residents. In the past 16 years, Sowing Seeds has helped more than 6,000 Marshfield families in need. Volunteer Connie Drapeau Kennedy explained that the amount of families in need is discouraging but the community outreach has been tremendous, “A number of people did come down with some lovely things, very thoughtfully prepared. People went out and bought new pajamas and matching socks or matching hats and blankets. They also donated quite nicely to the food pantry. Our greatest needs are really the basic ones: packages of new socks and packages of underwear.”
This 100% volunteer organization also helps residents with transportation and other services that match their needs.