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Hamburgh Holidays is both a series of holidays-themed events and the name of the all-volunteer community organization that oversees the events, beginning with the much-anticipated parade on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, and culminating with the Lighting of the Way on December 24. The Hamburgh Holidays organization is loosely structured like a board of directors with chairs or coordinators for each of about 15 events. The “board” is led by a general chair or co-chairs, usually for a two-year term, though some chairs have served for much longer.
Hamburgh Holidays was begun by a group of people coming together over drinks at the Hamburg Hotel in the early 1960s and it has steadily evolved over the years. “Hamburgh Holidays is the story of the passing of the years, and many people’s time, talents, financial contributions and belief in the importance of community holiday traditions,” according to June Pearl, a former longtime chair. “Every Hamburgh Holidays volunteer leaves seeds, some more than others.” Events are supported by donations, fund-raising events and the commitment of local merchants and residents.