MILLBURY, Mass. — Each year, the Friends of the Asa Waters Mansion give special individuals the distinction of lighting the Christmas tree on the mansion’s bandstand for the grand finale of the annual Chain of Lights Festival. In recognition of their accomplishments in leading the town’s yearlong bicentennial celebration, Roger Desrosiers and Bill Kane, co-chairs of the Millbury Bicentennial Committee, have received this year’s honors.
Millbury’s 200th birthday celebration, which began in June and continues through June 2013, has been years in the making. And although there are teams of volunteers and committees behind the scenes organizing a year of fun and educational events, it’s been Desrosiers and Kane who have devotedly led the way.
Those wishing to see the tree-lighting can gather at the bandstand on the grounds of the Asa Waters Mansion at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. The Shaw School Chorus will serenade. The Mansion’s Christmas Festival is free and open to the public, and includes Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday entertainment, refreshments, a grand raffle and more. Doors open at 11 a.m.
Following is the schedule of events:
11:30 a.m.: Patti Morris Dancers Unlimited.
12:30 p.m.: “Night Before Christmas” reading by Jeff Dore.
1:30 p.m.: Dynamic Duo Musicians.
2:30 p.m.: Shaw School Wind Ensemble.
3:30 p.m.: Greendale Retired Men’s Club Chorus.
4:30 p.m.: Shaw School Chorus and Christmas tree lighting.
5 p.m.: Grand raffle drawing.
The Mansion's Gift Shoppe will be open for holiday shopping.
The Asa Waters Mansion, located at 123 Elm St. in Millbury, is listed on the national and state registers of historic sites.