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Saturday March 1 The DBA sponsored the first annual Winters End Celebration at The War Memorial Building in Brockton. The event was held under the name “USA Christmas Town”. This name has been chosen as the umbrella branding of all the events we sponsor during November and December; the Santa Hat Challenge, the Holiday Parade and the Polar Express. The goal is to continue expanding the variety of activities, the quality, and decorative theme during this seasonal period until the City of Brockton is nationally recognized as the starting point of the modern Christmas celebration. A true destination celebrating the legacy of James Edgar, the First Department Store Santa, attracting visitors from far and wide.
The theme of the Winters End Celebration was “Come and Get Your Love!” chosen by the hosts of the event, Merian’s Muses – (photo below) – L to R: Melissa Rodriguez, John Merian, Jeannie parrish, Nikki Meade Draves, Betty Rada and Shaynah Barnes
The Muses, as they call themselves, are each Brockton residents who first worked together during the planning of the 2013 Santa Hat Challenge and Holiday Parade. Inspired by John Merian’s enthusiasm for the spirit of Brockton and the rich history of James Edgar, they worked to create an evening of celebration for the community.
Chef JJ prepared an array of mouth watering delights from an assortment of gourmet cheeses adorned with fruits and berries to bacon wrapped shrimp, mini sliders and a creamy tomato bisque garnished with a crispy melted cheese toast point. His staff kept the treats circulating through the room and the champagne cocktails flowing. For those not drinking champagne two cheery and professional bartenders poured glasses of Yellow Tail wines or offered bottles of beer or flavored soda waters – all donated by Giannaros Liquors and Simpson Spring Water, respectively.
[Photo Right]: One highlight of the evening came when Brockton’s own Council Chords took the stage to entertain the crowd. Councilors Shirley Asak, Shaynah Barnes, Tim Cruise, Tom Monahan, and Robert Sullivan were joined by former city councilor Todd Petti, former Chief of Police Bill Conlon, Jim Larkin on banjo and guitar and very special guest, John Merian. They sounded fantastic as they sang such favorites as Wild Rover (No Nay Never) and Country Roads.Guests who arrived at the event were greeted by a complimentary champagne cocktail created just for the evening by caterer Chef JJ Fernandez of JJ’s Caffe – the drink sparkled in signature blue champagne glasses filled with raspberry flavored sparkling wine. Once inside the hall party goers were encouraged on to the dance floor by DJ’s Joe Lupica and Jose Rodriguez. They spun an assortment of dance worthy tunes from the 1970’s to today and kept the mood light and lively. When they weren’t spinning the classics, the very groovy band Electra 225 took the stage and covered some of our favorite songs in their own unique style.
All the men looked stunning in their tuxedos provided by Tuxedo’s by Merian and the women all shone in beautiful cocktail attire. Guests were treated to professional photographs, as well, with photographer Rich Morgan on hand to capture the evening’s festivities as well as set up studio quality shots of each guest. The night was complemented by a raffle of beautiful baskets filled with gift cards and treasures – all generously donated by local businesses.
The hostesses mingled through the room making sure everyone was enjoying the party and only stopped the festivities to thank the many businesses who supported the event and present the First Annual Merian’s Muses Award to John Merian. The award, an amber colored glass double flame reaching out and up from a solid engraved base, represents the inspiration of the muses and that of John Merian himself, who has kept the idea of USA Christmas Town alive with his indomitable spirit and unyielding passion for the community. They hope to present the award annually to a member of the community who embraces those same qualities and commitment to the well being of the entirety of the City of Brockton.