Inaugural Greenfield “Fire and Ice” event is Dec. 4

  • The inaugural Greenfield “Fire and Ice” event is Dec. 4. —Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 11/26/2021 9:11:21 AM

Holiday cheer is coming to Greenfield Dec. 4  in the form of a new event called “Fire and Ice.” 

Organized by the Greenfield Fire Department and the Firefighters’ Association, Fire Chief Rick McQuade said it started with an idea eight months ago that soon had many town organizations and committees jumping into the mix.

“It’s a way to kind of just get back to small-town ways of celebrating Christmas,” he said.

The event will center around a parade, with fire trucks from Greenfield and many other towns lit up with Christmas lights as well as floats going down Main Street to Oak Park.

The day will start with the Greenfield Friends of the Meetinghouse hosting a Festival of Trees at the meetinghouse from 2 to 4 p.m., and a tree-lighting at 4:30 outside Stephenson Memorial Library with caroling and hot chocolate.

After the parade, which commences at 5 p.m., festivities will continue at Oak Park with food trucks, bonfires, music and hay rides. Pictures with Santa will also be available in the evening, and the event will wrap up with winners of the parade categories being announced. 

Also throughout the day, Greenfield Historical Society will be open for visitors to come and see displays, as well as their antique fire truck. They will also be holding a raffle for “fire and ice”-themed baskets, with winners to be announced at Oak Park.

The Greenfield Forge will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a demonstration at midday.

“It really morphed quite a bit into this big event,” McQuade said, since the idea initially started out with just the parade of fire trucks. 

This community participation is what will make it special, he said, and it’s indicative of how the town has been feeling as of late.

“There’s been lots of various committees that used to be very dormant that have started back up and they’re picking up momentum,” McQuade said. “There’s been a big uptick in community involvement; we want to try to ride that into next year and keep it going.”

The hope is for the Fire and Ice event to become an annual one, depending on how it goes this year. 

“We just hope people will come out for it,” McQuade said. “We’re hoping for a good turnout.”

Also hopefully a new tradition, McQuade said, is the effort that he and others at the department have gone to decorate downtown light poles, the Oak Park pavilion and the town gazebo with Christmas lights, as well as the firehouse itself.

For information or to be included in the parade, call McQuade at 603-325-7346.


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