Holiday fun with fluters, tree lighting, nativity scene

Dec 9, 2018

Dartmouth went into full Christmas mode on December 9, as a living nativity scene, carolers, and a grand tree lighting brightened holiday spirits.

In Russells Mills Village, Smith Neck Friends Meeting, Alderbrook Farm, and the Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society hosted two distinctive holiday events: A living nativity scene, and special holiday-themed programming at the Russells Mills Schoolhouse.

Alderbrook Farm’s barn transformed into a nativity scene, with Smith Neck Friends children dressing the part to recreate the scene of Jesus’ birth. The kids and adults led carols, occasionally interrupted by the roosters and horses which also call the barn home.

It’s been a tradition for years. Originally held at the Smith Neck Friends Meeting, the nativity was moved to the Alderbrook barn for the atmosphere. 

“Alderbrook now offers us the barn so people can some see the animals and the kids,” said Patty Gavin.

Ella Reid played the role of the angel. She loved her outfit, and, of course, the caroling.

“Joy to the World is my favorite,” she added.

Next door to Alderbrook, the Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society opened its doors for holiday-themed events. Kids completed arts projects, people enjoyed food and drinks, and two major musical events were held: The Fickle Fluters performed, and visitors caroled with musical accompaniment.

On Slocum Rd., Christmas was in full force at Dartmouth Middle School and Town Hall. Dartmouth Parks and Recreation held its annual tree lighting. Before sunset, various crafts, giveaways, games, and meet-and-greets with Santa were held.

“It started out as the annual tree lighting, it all evolved from there,” said Select Board member Stanley Mickelson.

Parks Director Tim Lancaster noted the department was assisted by DCTV, Bank 5, the town Emergency Management Agency, and the Dartmouth High band.

Once nightfall came, it was time for the big event: The Town Hall tree lighting. After brief remarks, the big moment came: The tree was illuminated in distinctive blue light.