Letter to the Editor

It Was Amazing, Thank You

To the Editor, 

 All Roads Charlestown would like to sincerely Thank every one of our community members and the community organizations that came together to support our First Annual Christmas Stroll. For us, it was an honor to organize and bring back an event that, in the past, has always been so fondly thought of. 

We would like to start by thanking the members of the Charlestown community for their significant generosity in purchasing 50/50 raffle tickets for our 5k drawing, without you all the Christmas Stroll would not have been possible. 

To our day of volunteers: Kyla Vitale, Hailey McPherson, Sadie O’Leary, Brooke Brennan, Jillian Rose-Tomas, Ryleigh Williams, Connor Boyle, Kim Kyle and Crystal Galvin- THANK YOU for coming, staying and helping us out throughout the entire event we wouldn’t have been able to do it without you! Friends of the Training Field for always being such hospitable hosts. 

To all our fiscal sponsors: Dougie McDonald, JW Construction, Edward Owens, Jamie Chambers and The National Guard, Charlestown Coalition, Kennedy Center, New Health Charlestown, Charlestown Mothers Association, Bunker Hill Associates, RSM, Friends of the Training Field, TKCK Law Firm, Charlestown Veterans/Abraham Lincoln Post, Charlestown Lacrosse, The Gorman Scholarship- Thank you, we are extremely grateful, because of your assistance we were able to provide amazing entertainment all day long, for not only all the children who attended, but for the adults as well. Things such as the Horse Carriage rides from Kimball Farms, Animal Affairs and their petting zoo, Dan’s Balloons and his incredible 10ft balloon Nutcrackers and for twisting hundreds of balloons and entertaining the kids. As well as the beautiful singing from the Victorian Carollers. 

Thank You Dougie MacDonald for setting up and displaying your beautiful inflatables, it truly was a magical sight to see!

A huge Thank you to The Kennedy Center for donating the gift bags for Santa to hand out. We want to especially Thank the Kennedy Centers own, Crystal Galvin and Kim Kyle for being Santa’s special helpers and assisting him in handing out 500 free goodie bags to the fortunate kids of the Charlestown community. We here in Charlestown are lucky to have you guys!

Thank you, First Church Charlestown for creating Christmas cards for soldiers and for providing and handing out delicious eggnog and hot chocolate. Thank you to Starbucks Charlestown for donating hot chocolate and supplies and thank you, Charlestown Wholefoods for donating the eggnog. 

Thank you, Mister Q Café and Recovery on the Harbor, for donating over 500 cookies for All Roads to hand out and for the kids to decorate. Thank you, Anthony Vitale Electric, for supplying over 28lbs of icing, sprinkles, and other decorating supplies for the kids to make their very own delicious creations. Also, thank you Anthony for building the framework for the wreath display. 

Thank you, Baby Boyle Bouquets, for decorating the beautiful wreath display. So many gorgeous pictures were taken throughout the day, thank you for sharing your creativity and wonderful work with the Charlestown community.

Thank you, Sophia Moon of Essem Art Studio, for painting our holiday cut out picture display and for creating beautiful ornaments with the kids.

Thank you, Christ Church Charlestown, for assisting with running the petting zoo and for making homemade nativity sets with the kids. 

Thank you, Charlestown YMCA, for your Santa arts and craft Station. 

Thank you, Charlestown Coalition and Turn It Around, for painting beautiful oyster shell ornaments with the kids.

Thank you to The Warren Tavern for handing out clam chowder.

Thank you, RISE Construction for giving out free fried dough and hot chocolate. 

Thank you to BFD Engine 50 for making sure Santa arrived safely and in style. Thank you for hanging around after and allowing the kids to explore the truck. 

Thank you to DJ Smokey Cain for always supporting All Roads and for providing awesome music all day long!

Thank you, Calan Cahill Photography, for taking pictures of the event.

Thank you to all of our local vendors and non-profits for participating in the event:

Boston Belle, Homemade Mom 02129, The Maker Mangrum, Stiassni Art , Baby Boyle Bouquets, Sea Woven Bags, Scentsy By Kelliegh Moses, Honey Babes, AJ Skye Designs, 4103 Designs, Clay by Sarah B., Flag Therapy, KLS’s Little Biz, Crafty B, HatsByLooptyLoop, The Tea Pahty, SophiaBella Airbrush Tanning, Katherine Rose Collection, Julia O’Donnell, Good Shepard School, New Health, Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, Charlestown Lacrosse, Duce Scholarship, Friends of the Charlestown Elderly and the Warren Prescott. 

Thank you, Charlestown Liaison Caitlin Stapleton for helping with any questions we had.

A special Thank you to Dougie MacDonald, Billy Kelly, Twinkle Sullivan, Kim Mahoney, Jack Schievink, Boston Parks & Rec and Boston Public Works. 

Last and most importantly, thank you to all community members who came out to support the event. It was amazing to see so many people out enjoying the beautiful day.

You haven’t seen the last of us Charlestown!

All Roads Charlestown 

Erica Walsh 

Aileen Gorman

Sean Boyle

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