Randolph holds first Winterfest

Jordyn Arnold, 3, of Holbrook, tried his hand at drumming at Turner Free Library during Saturday’s Winterfest in Randolph. At left, library assistant Denise Costa, as Mrs. Claus, entertained children in attendance.
Jordyn Arnold, 3, of Holbrook, tried his hand at drumming at Turner Free Library during Saturday’s Winterfest in Randolph. At left, library assistant Denise Costa, as Mrs. Claus, entertained children in attendance.
Photos by Wendy Chow/Globe Staff

RANDOLPH— Downtown Randolph was closed to vehicular traffic for several hours as an estimated 1,500  people strolled along North Main Street to celebrate the town’s inaugural Winterfest on Dec. 1. 

Visitors stopped at the numerous businesses and organizations that offered entertainment, giveaways, and treats during the event. “The collaboration between the Chamber of Commerce, the town, the schools, local businesses, service organizations, local artisans, and performers was a historic ‘first’ and I could not be more pleased at the outcome,” said Town Planner Michelle Tyler. 

She added: “There has been only one consistent complaint: ‘I didn’t get to see everything!’ ” 

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Among those enjoying the day were Christy Fernandes Arnold of Holbrook and her 3-year-old son Jordyn, who took part in the All Hands Drumming demonstration at the Turner Free Library.

“This is great,” said Arnold. “I’m happy that it’s being held on a weekend so that we can enjoy everything.”

Other popular activities included the photo booth at Randolph Savings Bank, hay rides, marshmallow roasting, an ice-sculpting demonstration, a caricature artist at Stetson Hall, and the tree lighting at Crawford Square.

Tyler said: “The Randolph High School band and chorus leading the town in singing ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ and strolling to the tree lighting was, by far, the highlight of the afternoon for me.”

She said the light snowfall, while adding to the festive atmosphere, did affect some of the planned outdoor performances. “As with any outdoor event and one of such large proportions, there are risks involved and lessons learned.”

She said the town will discuss ways to improve next year’s celebration, scheduled for Dec. 7, 2013.