Holiday on the Common postponed

Holiday on the Common postponed

Kate Pasquariello, program coordinator for the town Parks and Recreation Department, is organizing this year’s Holiday on the Common. (Breeze photo by Lauren Clem)

Update: Holiday on the common has been postponed until Sunday, Dec. 15, due to weather.

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Holiday on the Common returns to the Slatersville Congregational Church common this Sunday, Dec. 1, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., bringing with it all the caroling, festive treats and good cheer residents have come to expect from the annual event.

Once run by the North Smithfield Prevention Coalition, the event is now organized by Kate Pasquariello, program coordinator for the town’s Parks and Recreation Department. Every year, she said, residents come together to reconnect and enjoy some holiday fun.

“It’s relaxed, it’s laid back, come and go as you please, wish each other a happy holiday season,” she said.

As in years past, the event will include a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus, who will arrive via fire engine. The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will be caroling, and the North Smithfield Middle School jazz band will perform.

Inside the church, families can enjoy arts and crafts activities and refreshments. St. Antoine Residence will provide the hot chocolate, while Wright’s Dairy Farm is donating the cookies.

The event will culminate in the annual tree lighting in front of the church. The town Public Works Department gets the tree ready, and local children will help Town Administrator Gary Ezovski with the official lighting.

Last year, the event competed with an unseasonably rainy evening and a Patriots game. This year, they’re hoping for good weather to make for a small holiday wonderland in front of the church.

“And the Patriots are not playing until 8,” added Pasquariello.

It may be the last year residents enjoy holiday “on the common.” With the Kendall Dean building currently under renovation, said Pasquariello, there’s talk of possibly moving the event next year to the expansive grounds around the former school. For now, they’re keeping the event in its traditional space at the center of Slatersville.

“It’s the beginning of the holiday spirit,” she said.