For the last 6 years, the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce has hosted one magical event each year, and that is the Heritage Starlight Celebration. Each year a mill in the Blackstone Valley is highlighted, decorated, themed and brought alive for an evening of festivities. Here is a glimpse back at those years:
Belinda Mazur has led the decorating committee from the beginning! She shares, “I have been involved since the first Heritage Starlight held at Alternatives. We featured artists and food…. with a touch of wines and so forth. Many local students had entered their pumpkins into a contest, these were featured that evening.”
Many of us in the Blackstone Valley are familiar with Alternatives and the beautiful restoration it has achieved. So, what a wonderful place to start the Starlight Heritage Celebration.
The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce will mark the 2nd annual Heritage Starlight Celebration on Friday, Oct. 24, 7-10 p.m., hosted by Manchaug Mills.
The 2nd year was entitled, “Manchaug Night Under the Stars”. The evening under the stars featured musical entertainment and merriment. Sutton Wines & Liquors provided a beer and wine sampling featuring more than 50 wines from around the world. “Taste of the Valley,” a culinary event, included a menu from culinary resources of the Blackstone Valley donating their time and talent to the evening.
Belinda shares the third year experience. “Onto the Whitin Mill…. where we visually uplifted the space with paint and lots of cleaning. Our theme to this point had remained pretty much consistent…. Heritage Starlight…. a celebration of the the mills in the Blackstone Valley. Again we had many artists, foods and wines etc, plus many dressed in period costume. Mackenzie Mazur played the piano that evening.”
Different years require different levels of work from the few volunteers that bring together the magic of the evening. This yearly event draws 300-500 people who enjoy wine tastings, food samplings, fine music and extraordinary vendors.
Our last venue stuck for 3 years! “The Riverdale mill had been more than a gracious host to the Heritage Starlight for the past three years….. antique cars, live music, food, artists and wines…. I believe many enjoyed the event at Riverdale over the past three years.”
Jim and Betty Knott, our hosts at Riverdale, have been extremely gracious, even lending their employees as helpers. The warehouse portion of the mill, where the themes were created each year, suddenly had streets created with tape, rivers with paint, street lamps appeared with stars named for streets. Every year was different and Belinda led the transformations! Here’s our album from the 2012 event!
And so, here we are, at our 7th Starlight Heritage Celebration! Our theme this year? James Bond, From Connery to Craig! The venue? Felter’s Mill in Millbury, and Oh My Goodness, what a beautiful job the Romeo brothers have done changing the mill into a shopping and service mecca. Here is a recent story about the successful renovations. Every space on both floors is already enjoying shop tenants of all kinds.
Picture entering the large foyer through double doors and facing a grand open staircase. Picture Dale Lepage and the Manhattans, (entertainer of the year three years in a row), playing on the second floor with a view to the whole foyer. We expect many Bonds in costume as well as Bond girls! The paparazzi will be in full stealth mode, photographing away.
Food sampling vendors include; Valley Cafe, Wicked Good Treats, Goretti’s Supermarket, Salmon Health & Retirement, Longhorn, Lindt, Feng, Calabria, Pizza Chef, Red Rock, Elm Draughthouse and Devine Thai.
Merchant vendors include; Expressions of You, Blue Dragon, Lia Sophia, Sugarplums Dance Studio, Denjise’s Gift Baskets, Paul Robinson Photography, Leeward Interiors, Sparkleberrys, Thirty-One Gifts, Lynne’s Crafts, Traci Lynn Jewelry, Beautycounter, hannah Jane Jewelry! This has always been an awesome venue to get a jump on that holiday shopping!
And, please pass on that Veterans are always welcome at no charge!
For details and to register for Thursday, October 24th! Hope to see you!