By Terry Rogers
Holiday lights twinkled, music filled the air and the streets of Milford were alive with gingerbread men, nutcrackers and people enjoying the cool, crisp evening. Downtown Milford, Inc.’s 12th Annual Holiday Stroll brought many visitors to the downtown area where they were able to stroll through downtown and enjoy treats provided by downtown merchants.
“The Holiday Stroll is the first event of our fiscal year and I don’t believe any other event would more be fitting,” Sara Pletcher, President of DMI, said. “It’s the epitome of the DMI mission, bringing together he community to enjoy our beautiful downtown, patronize merchants and leave with memories that will make them return again. It also gives shoppers the opportunity to find that ‘one-of-a-kind’ gift for someone this year.”
The Holiday Stroll is free and visitors were able to participate in fun activities that were available throughout the town. Tax Chicks attracted young and old alike with their elaborate train display as well as offering the opportunity for visitors to have their photo taken with the Grinch and Cindy Lou of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Georgia House offered free hot chocolate as well as cups of their famous cream of crab soup for $5. Milford Library had refreshments and the doors were open so visitors could view the decorations throughout the library as well as vote for their favorite tree in the “Celebration of Trees.”
The businesses were also judged for their decorations and window displays by DMI volunteers. The 2017 winners are: Milford Public Library (1st Place), Noveltea Nook (2nd Place), Tax Chicks (3rd Place), Lifecycle (4th Place) and Twice Is Nice (People’s Choice Facebook Poll).
Santa and Mrs. Claus were present as well so children could give Santa their wishes for Christmas. Miniature horses, decked out in their Christmas attire, were parading Walnut St. while their handlers distributed information to children and adults alike.
Even outside of the immediate downtown area, merchants provided fun activities for families. Lifecycle, located at the corner of SE Front Street and S. Washington Street had a bounce house and food truck to keep families occupied. Red Bandana, one of the newest businesses downtown, also provided fun activities throughout the Stroll.
Blooming Boutique and other businesses provided snacks to those who visited their stores while many businesses offered discounts and special sales for those who strolled through the downtown area. Walnut Street was closed to vehicle traffic from Northeast Front Street to Causey Avenue. The Milford Museum and the City of Milford Customer Service Center as well as Causey Mansion were open for visitors as well.
Sponsors for the event included Bayhealth Medical Center, Milford Chronicle, Abbott’s Grill, Hearsay Delaware, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #2316, Mama Maria, Richard Y. Johnson & Sons, Tax Chicks, Wagamon Technology Group, Brendon T. Warfel Construction, DeMartin & Associates and Michel L. Jarrell, PA, ABA.
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