Discounts to drop from sky

Thursday, November 22, 2012

MILFORD – Ping pong balls containing holiday discounts or promotions from a number of local stores will be dropped from a cherry picker at Shepard Park on Dec. 1, the first event of its kind here.

The Board of Selectmen gave the green light to the event last week after discussing it with Tracy Hutchins, the Milford Improvement Team director.

There will be two drops – one for adults, one for children.

Hutchins said that more than 20 local businesses are participating, including Amigos Mexican Cantina, Carole’s Cake Creations, Clark’s Tavern, Eaton & Berube Insurance, Family Dental Care of Milford, The Frame Depot, The Garden Party Floral Boutique, Hampshire Hills Sports & Fitness Club, Lamy’s Martial Arts Academy, Milford Winter Farmer’s Market, Music Together of Milford, Robin’s Egg, Sanford Temperature Controls, Sons Chimney, The Salon at Hampshire Hills, Tiebreaker’s Family Grille, The Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce, Toadstool Bookshop, Tokyo Joe’s Studio of Self Defense, and Toyland.

“I have read of other communities across the country doing snow ball drops as a way to encourage shopping locally during the holidays,” Hutchins said last week. “The more I read about the event, the more I thought that this would be a great fit for Milford – it’s a fun event for participants and more importantly, nearly any type of business could participate: any business that sells items or services that may be given as a gift or used by a wide variety of people could benefit by participating.

“I think residents will find that the prizes and discounts being given out on the snow balls are going to be useful for both the holiday season and beyond, and hopefully will introduce them to new local businesses that they may not have patronized before.“

The Snow Ball Drop starts at 4 p.m. on Dec. 1.

Tree lighting and caroling by the Souhegan Valley Chorus to follow, as well as hot cocoa and treats by the Milford Destination Imagination.

The Snow Ball Drop is sponsored by the Cabinet Press. For more about this event, see the Nov. 29 issue of The Cabinet for the full schedule.

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