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Lighting the way


Sutton–And the lights all will go on in Massachusetts — at least in the Blackstone Valley as the annual Chain of Lights of celebration ushers in the holidays.

Activities will take place Dec. 6 in Sutton and Dec. 7 in Grafton and Millbury.


On Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., three trolley routes will take visitors to various stops to enjoy holiday activities and celebrations.

Route 1 starts at St. John’s Church, Route 122A, and visits First Congregational Church and Keown’s Orchards.

Route 2 starts at Whittier Farms, Douglas Road, and goes to First Congregational Church.

Route 3 begins at Sutton Senior Center, Hough Road and goes to St. Anne’s Church.

Shuttle service connecting routes 1 and 2 with route 3 will be provided from the First Congregational Church.

First Congregational Church Choir will perform throughout the day, carolers will perform during lunch, and tours of the sanctuary will be offered, along with Winter Wonderland, Christmas crafts, and vote for the best wreath. Roast beef dinner at the church has seatings at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $8 adults, $5 children 4 and older, and free to children younger than 4.Other highlights include: Artist Linda Sinacola, selling her original watercolor, oil paintings and prints of Sutton scenes;Sutton Historical Society, offering demonstrations all day on the skill of blacksmithing at The Blacksmith Shop; St. Mark’s Church’s holiday fair; Sutton Public Library, storyteller at 10:30 a.m. and crafts from 11 a.m. to noon; Bellawood Farm will feature a goat milking demonstration; and the Sutton Middle School will have a Relaxation Station with nail painting, hairdos, massages and lunch available at the Cheesecake Cafe. Santa will be on the common for caroling and tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

Additional locations include Keown Orchards, Heritage Plaza, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Eaton Farm Confectioners, National Gallery, Rebecca Lecouteur Interiors, St. Anne’s Parish, Vaillancourt Folk Art, Sleighbell Christmas Tree Farm and Gift Barn, and Sutton Senior Center.

For trolley routes, a complete list of events and updated information, visit

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Monday, December 1st, 2008 / 8:32 AM / News and Press