, Newburyport, MA

November 11, 2013

Recent events show Amesbury's spirit, generosity

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

Please accept this letter in recognition of recent events in Amesbury that are exemplary of our city’s community spirit and generosity.

First, on Monday, Oct. 28, I am tremendously grateful to the crowd of people who came to The Ale House to see the premiere of the Amesbury episode of the “2012 Fireball Run” movie. Thank you to The Provident Bank for being the event sponsor and to Christine Green for her videography assistance. Together, we organized a joyful red-carpet event that celebrated Amesbury’s participation in that race and reminded everyone of the cause we had kindly supported: to build awareness of children who have gone missing across America. After the viewing, it was my pleasure to announce that Amesbury was selected to be the finish line destination in the 2016 Fireball Run, a testament to the abundant hospitality felt by race organizers and drivers when passing through here last year. Together, we passionately demonstrated our community’s pride and charitable nature, and we’ll now be rewarded for our efforts with this exciting opportunity to further express why Amesbury is such a great place to live, work and play.

I would also like to thank everyone involved in our evening of Halloween fun on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Downtown Amesbury was a flurry of activity, starting with over 100 children who came out in costume with their families to parade through Market Square to the Upper Millyard amphitheater. After getting pumped up by our hosts, Rob Ouellette, Mark Wojcicki and Cathy Toomey, the children set out to trick-or-treat at participating businesses, including The Ale House; Attentif’ Designs; Attorney Mark Swartz; Barking Dog Bar & Grill; Bertram & Oliver Booksellers; Carriagetown Chocolates; Cherry Bomb; Country Meadows Boutique; Cutter’s Plus; Crave: Wine, Kitchen, Tap; Fiddlestix Toys; Gould Insurance; Gourmet Any Day, Market & Cafe; Jon P. Mooers Artists Gallery & Studio; Parke Place Boutique; Paws Pet Boutique; and Salon Jule. Thank you to all these business owners for welcoming the children and helping to create a fun night!

The Halloween fun continued back at the amphitheater, where Mayor Thatcher Kezer had the honor of picking the winning pumpkin — carved with a Boston Red Sox theme — in our first annual pumpkin-decorating contest that had 25 imaginative entries. As the contest sponsor, Amesbury Flatbread Company generously donated pumpkins to the community earlier in October and invited everyone into the restaurant for free pizza after the judging. It was the perfect way to end a great evening!

Having the support of so many generous businesses and people makes my job much easier. Thank you, Amesbury!

Melissa Lachance

Amesbury Chamber of Commerce Executive Director