Holiday events feel impact of pandemic

Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 6:55 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2020 at 7:19 PM EST
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While some holiday festivities that are planned are adapting to allow for social distancing, other events have had to cancel. Kathy McCarty speaks with two Chamber directors and has more.

Once a one-day event, Houlton’s Open House is being spread over the weekend, to help manage the number of holiday shoppers.

“This year because there was a lot of ‘we didn’t know if we were gonna be able to do it’ or ‘if people were gonna be able to join us,’ we decided to make it a two-day thing. So we’re doing it on Saturday and Sunday, just to kind of thin out the crowds. There tend to be a lot of people around town on Sunday afternoon to - to go to this, but if it’s - if it’s two days, then we can hopefully not have as many people in the stores,” says Jane Spurling Torres, Executive Director of the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to brick and mortar stores, vendors will also be in town, for those looking for home-grown or handcrafted gifts.

“The Community Market has decided to kind of have a pop-up Community Market down in - down in the historic downtown, so that will be going on at the same time as the open house, and I’ll be putting the lights on the Christmas tree,” says Torres.

The Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce opted to cancel their annual Craft Fair, slated for December 5th at the mall, as a precautionary measure.

“We need to be more responsible with the health of our community and our crafters. So since we had to cancel, the mall has been wonderful to offer kiosks that the crafters can put their wares there. They only have so many spaces and they’re starting to get some people to do that. And we, at our chamber website, are sharing their links to their facebook pages and their websites to help them be able to move their product for this Christmas season,” says LaNiece Sirois, Executive Director of the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce.

Both ask people to be patient and take the necessary precautions while shopping this holiday season, to keep everyone safe. Kathy McCarty, NewsSource 8

For more information, visit the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce facebook page and the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce facebook page.

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