Holiday Fest offers something for everyone

By Corey AmEnde - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Mon., Dec. 9, 2013
Elijah Murzin-Robar creates a rubber band bracelet. Photos by Corey AmEnde.
Elijah Murzin-Robar creates a rubber band bracelet. Photos by Corey AmEnde.

Children's librarian Sandy DiCicco carefully stretched the small rubber bands between the plastic pegs on a rainbow loom as she created the pattern for her bracelet. DiCicco was leading the children and teen's craft program at the East Hartford Public Library, which was part of the  town's annual Holiday Fest the weekend of Dec. 6 through 9. Making the rubber band bracelets was one of 28 events planned for the four-day celebration.

The 21st annual Holiday Fest kicked off with the traditional tree-lighting ceremony on Friday night that had to be moved inside due to inclement weather.  The event is presented by the East Hartford Beautification Commission and is supported by numerous civic, community and town organizations.

Holiday Fest committee members sold buttons for $2, with all the proceeds going to the local food banks. People were also asked to bring a non-perishable item to each event.

The Friends of the East Hartford Public Library held a baked goods and hot dog sale on Saturday afternoon at the Cultural Center to raise money for the library.  Vice president of the Friends of the East Hartford Public Library Lynn Evans said she enjoys the event because it is an opportunity to support the library and the community at the same time.

Friends President Paul LaRocca said the event provides money for the summer teen and younger kids reading festival and food picnic.

Normally the baked goods and hot dog sale for Holiday Fest is in the lobby of the Raymond Library, but due to construction it was moved to the Cultural Center.


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