On Harvard Street…the Holidays are here!

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(On Harvard Street)

“Harvard Street Holidays” event a great success

Hemet might be a small town, but how beautifully we small-town folks come together to celebrate the holidays.  There was a touching tribute to late True Value Hardware owner and beloved Hemetonian Rick Truskowski organized by Mayor Pro Tem Linda Krupa with speeches by Krupa, HSJ Chronicle senior writer Rusty Strait, Destonation Coffeehouse owner Patricia Yepremian and Rick’s spouse and current True Value owner, Carolyn Truskowski.  For more on this story, please see Rusty Strait’s article elsewhere in this issue.

There were actors and actresses walking the street, booths and food stalls were available and all store owners opened there doors wide to handle the crowds which came and went with regularity.  

The booths, stalls and festivities stretched down the entire length of Harvard Street and around the corner to State Street.  Jewelry-handmade and fancy, ethnic delicacies, children’s school programs, chair massages and more ringed the sidewalks as hundreds and hundreds of holiday shoppers and visitors joined in the celebration.  This Harvard Street celebration, with its plaque in Rick Truskowski’s name in front of a massive fir tree, together with the Farmer’s Market on Harvard and Florida, with yet another fir tree, lighted for Christmas, gave the entire section of Hemet a “Winter Wonderland” feeling as people stopped, ate, chatted, hugged, shook hands and exchanged warm greetings that no amount of cold could have dampened.   Look for an even bigger event next year.  

EDITOR’S NOTE                                                                                        For more information on the Harvard Street Holidays, please see Rusty Strait’s Article for a wonderful tribute to Rick Truskowski elsewhere in this issue.

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