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CITY OF NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS Office of the Mayor Jennifer A. Macksey Dear Friends, It is a privilege to welcome you to the City of North Adams for the 66th annual Fall Foliage Parade; an exciting historic event that kicks off our celebration of the season right here in the beautiful Berkshires. The parade continues to be an anticipated event that attracts many to North Adams, offering a theme that appeals to all ages. Each year, a dedicated group of talented volunteers and City employees work diligently to brainstorm, organize, create, and invite participants to join in on the fun. My sincere thanks to all who engage in making the parade an enjoyable and successful event that brings us together as a community, and welcomes everyone to our City. This year’s theme, “Holidays on Parade,” is sure to cause smiles. You will see costumes, floats and more that celebrate a host of holidays.

Even spectators can take part. If it’s Saint Patrick’s Day (my favorite holiday) you look forward to, wear a shamrock print tie! It’s that easy. Be sure to acknowledge our Grand Marshals. They are two families who have been bringing joy to others for decades. Wayne Arnold and his family have been spreading cheer with a 7,000- plus elaborate Christmas lights display on their property that continuously awes us; and MaryAnn and Leon King help coordinate the annual emergency services toy drive, participate in our city’s annual tree lighting celebration, and have been known to portray Santa and Mrs. Claus during festivities. While you are here, I encourage you to visit local businesses and explore the natural resources that make North Adams such a unique place to reside. Enjoy “Holidays on Parade” and please come back again! Sincerely,

Mayor Jennifer A. Macksey

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to the community-minded individuals who plan the event, to the many businesses that donate their time and energy, it takes a small army to create a vibrant, festive parade each year. But it’s even more than a community event - it is a celebration of North Adams and Fall in the Berkshires; it’s a show of civic pride that gathers family, friends and neighbors to enjoy the festivities and make memories year after year. Please enjoy the Berkshires this weekend and visit some of the region’s countless outdoor attractions, cultural venues, and restaurants over the course

of this year’s festival and throughout the Fall. These local businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, and they would love to celebrate with you. We also wish to thank the

many volunteers, marchers, and businesses that have donated their time and energy to the Fall Foliage Parade. It is no small task to organize an event of this size, but everyone works together with enthusiasm because it is a time-honored tradition, and a touchstone to generations of families. We hope you enjoy the event as much as we have enjoyed planning and organizing it, and we look forward to seeing you along the parade route!

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On Sunday, October 2, 2022, at 1pm, the 66th Annual Fall Foliage Parade will kick off in North Adams. 1Berkshire is thrilled to once again partner with the City of North Adams to plan and organize this familiar and beloved Northern Berkshire annual event. This year’s theme, “Holidays on Parade,” is cause for a celebration. Marching units, high school bands, creative floats, local dignitaries, and many more, will make their way down the parade route. The Fall Foliage Parade continues to be a success because it is truly a community effort. From the groups who march,

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2022 Fall Foliage Festival

Holidays on Parade September 29 - October 2

The 66th Annual Fall Foliage Festival kicks off late September in North Adams! Here is a list of events happening between now and the 66th Annual Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday, October 2, 2022. Detailed descriptions and information about events can be found online at explorenorthadams.com/city-events or berkshires.org

THURSDAY, Sept. 29th Fall Foliage Chicken Parm Dinner

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Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center 70 Marshall Street (413) 663-5316 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. $15/per person The St. Anthony’s Kitchen Meal Ministry Program is hosting a curbside, cash & carry Chicken Parm Fall FoFall Foliage LEAF liage Dinner on Thursday, HUNT Clues September 30th! Menu inannounced! cludes: Chicken parm with Look for them in the Berkshire ziti, salad, garlic bread and Eagle and in iBerkshires.com dessert. Please purchase your


tickets in advance by calling or stopping at: The rectory: 413-663-5316 (ext. 2), or The Moulton Spectacle Shoppe: 413-664-4270 during business hours. COVID Notes: This is a CASH, CARRY and CURBSIDE fundraiser. Simply pull up alongside the curb on the Holden Street side of the parish center! You will be directed from there by one of the on site coordinators. This fundraiser will aid the ministry in building its kitchen supplies as well as stocking the food shelves!

FRIDAY, Sept. 30th Fall Foliage Festival Children’s Parade

Main Street North Adams (413) 664-6180 Registration begins: 4:30 p.m./ Lineup: 5:00 p.m. / Parade: 5:30 p.m. FREE Children from throughout the Northern Berkshire’s are encouraged to make costumes and enter the parade. This year’s theme is “Holidays on Parade”. Participants must arrive at Main and Eagle streets at 5:00 PM. Parade begins at 5:30 PM and will proceed

SATURDAY, Oct. 1st Fall Foliage Festival Children’s Fair

the city! As always, patrons of the market can find fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, canned goods, baked goods, eggs, and meat.

Hoosac Valley Fall Foliage Train Rides Departs from/returns to the Train Depot in ADAMS, MA berkshiretrains.org/tickets Running now through October 23; 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a 60-min. round trip train excursion with no layover. Listen to the narrated history of the rail line and local area on board. Welcome coach located at 3 Depot Street, Adams. Trains will depart Adams Station on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are available for reservation and pre-purchase at berkshiretrains.org/tickets page or walk-up at the station in Adams.

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west on Main St. to City Hall. Ribbons will be given to all participants. Group and float winners will be invited to participate in the Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday, October, 2, 2022. Please note that groups should be 10 or less children, as there are only 10 medals that will be awarded per category/prize. No motorized vehicles or live animals are allowed.

Noel Field Athletic Complex 310 State Street North Adams, MA 01247 10:00 am - 12:00 pm FREE Children’s Road Race, giveaways, games, entertainment for children of all ages. Booths hosted by the Northern Berkshire United Way and local SUNDAY, Oct. 2nd community organizations.

1Berkshire Presents the 66th Annual Fall North Adams Farmers Foliage Parade – Market St. Anthony Municipal Park- Holidays on Parade Downtown North Adams info@1berkshire.com 1:00 p.m. Parade begins at 1pm. The parade will commence at the lot by DiSanti Field, and conclude on Ashland Street after passing through downtown via Main Street. 1berkshire.com/calendar/fall-foliage-parade

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ing Lot Intersection of Route 88/Marshall Street/Saint Anthony Drive (413) 664-6180 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. FREE ExploreNorthAdams.com The Farmers Market is one of the most pet-friendly places in


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A Big Thank you

to All of our 2022 Contributors Platinum Leaf Sponsors City of North Adams MountainOne

Autumn Leaf Sponsors AYJ Fund North Adams Elks Lodge #487

Silver Leaf Sponsors Adams Community Bank Berkshire Community College Greylock Federal Credit Union iBerkshires.com MCLA Sweetwood of Williamstown Wild Oats Market Hotel Downstreet

#NAMAzing Supporters Shirley Lescarbeau & Loribeth Hartlaub, in memory of Lescarbeau & Luczynski Families Steve Green & Sue Walker Phil & Denise Krutiak Jennifer & Tom Bernard, in memory of Thomas G. Bernard Rita A. Gardner, in memory of Chuck & Mark Gardner

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Bronze Leaf Sponsors Carr Hardware, North Adams General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc. Greylock Insurance KB Accounting Wayfair


Individual Donors Theresa Armata Peter and Maryanne Belouin, in memory of Stephen Belouin Judy & Charlie Blaisdell

Pauline & Robert Bona Mary Burbuto Mary Caffrey John & Beverly Canale, in honor of All Who Need Prayers Mary A. Caproni, in memory of Eugene & Fred Scerbo Gene S. & Justyna M. Carlson The Cellena’s Paul Corriveau, in memory of Kay Corriveau Jerry & Mary Desmarais Joseph S. & Mary M. Domenichini George & Debbie Forgea, in memory of Kay Corriveau Dennis & Elizabeth Gilbert Donald & Carol Graves Marianne & William Judge David & Marybeth Kennedy

Al & Lorraine Mancuso Bob & Janice Moresi Bob & Barb St. Pierre, in memory of Sonny St. Pierre Joseph & Patricia Prenguber, in memory of Our Families Mike & Diane Pytko, in memory of Ted Pytko & William Dami Joe & Colleen Rossi, in memory of Inez & Joseph Rossi and Suzanne & Robert Ross Catherine Scerbo Julia Wolfrum Theresa Wood Jean Veazie, in memory of Ed Veazie Susan Zoltek This list is donations as of September 13, 2022

The parade route is now 1.2 miles and mostly flat, making the parade more walkable for all ages and abilities. The shorter parade route is also less of a time commitment for participants. The new start will be located at the intersection of State Street and Old State Street. Only the start has changed. The rest of the route will remain the same, bringing the parade down State Street to Main Street and ending on Ashland Street. We ask spectators to spread out along the parade route. For more information, including a map of the parade route, visit https://1berkshire. com/events/fall-foliageparade/

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2022 Parade Route

Fall Foliage Parade Map 2021 Parade Map Starting Point

Parade Directions Starting Point Ending Point

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What a Lineup:

Check out this list of individuals and organizations participating this year Adams Community Bank Adams Street Fair Committee

County Florida Fire Department

Berkshire Delegation

Minerva Arts Center

Berkshire Fatherhood Coalition

Mt. Williams Greenhouses

Arnold Family Christmas BAAMS Berkshire Cider Project Berkshire Community College

NaMa Act Out

Berkshire Harm Reduction New Ashford Fire Department Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival North Adams Chamber of Clarksburg School


Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Company

North Adams City Council

Common Folk Artist Collective

North Adams Youth Cheerleading

Dr.George L.Curran VFW & VFW AUX

Northern Berkshire Girls Softball League

Drury High School Marching Band

Northern Berkshire Registry of Deeds Maria Ziemba

Elder Services of Berkshire

North Adams Elks #487

John Barrett, III Terra Nova Church

Berkshire County Sheriff ’s Office


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Hoosac Valley High School Optimal Healing, LLC Marching Band Past Tense Ichabod Crane Riders Pittsfield High School Marching Band Marching Band Massachusetts College of Pooches Pet Grooming Liberal Arts Second Chance Cycle Massachusetts Freemasons Second Chance Stables & Mayor Jennifer Macksey Draft Rescue Inc. McCann Alumni, Inc. State Representative Melha Shriners

American Legion Post 160


Northern Berkshire United

The Clubhouse from Terra Nova Church Very Good Property Management Woodford Snobusters and Southside Sales This list of participants are the applications received as of September 9, 2022.

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1Berkshire would like to thank the following members of our community for serving on the 2022 Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade Committee: Sandra Cote Arthur DeBow Bruce Hayden Suzy Helme Christine Hoyt

Cathleen King Joe Martin Joanne Thornton Doug Yriart

The Parade Committee would also like to thank all those that have helped the City of North Adams with their Festival of Events, including Kathy Keeser, Justyna Carlson, Northern Berkshire United Way, The Youth Center, and Child Care of the Berkshires.

Prefer to watch the Parade from the comfort of your home? Northern Berkshire Community Television Corp. has you covered! Live coverage of the 66th Annual Fall Foliage Parade will begin at

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1 pm on Spectrum’s Channel 1301 Sunday, October 2

For more information, visit www.nbctc.org or call 413-663-9006

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Parade Safety Information

The Fall Foliage Parade Committee is working with the North Adams Police Department on public safety for the Fall Foliage Festival and Parade on Sunday, October 2nd at 1:00 PM. The police will be working on street postings, road closings, detours, and all safety precautions. The night before the parade there will be a number of streets posted with “NO PARKING” signs. These streets include Main, Church, lower Eagle, State, Ashland, Blackinton, and Porter. The postings will begin after midnight and take approximately three hours to post throughout the city. Street cones, wooden horses, and signs will have been placed at all intersections with the help of the North Adams Department of Public Works. Portions of the route will be shut down at 11:00 AM, including all northbound traffic into the city via Route 8. By 12:00 PM, all traffic detour posts will be in place. After the police cruisers take up the rear of the parade, the department begins the job of breaking down the detours, taking down all the “NO PARKING” signs, and everything else left from crowd control. The role of the police department is crucial to the execution of the parade and the parade committee is appreciative of their help and support year after year. The dispatchers at the Police Department also play a large role on parade day. For more information about the Fall Foliage Parade, please visit 1berkshire.com/fall-foliage-parade or call 413.499.1600.

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2022 Fall Foliage Parade Grand Marshals This year, the Parade Committee is pleased to be able to honor The Arnold and The King Families by naming them as the Grand Marshals for the upcoming 66th Annual Fall Foliage parade presented by 1Berkshire. The parade will be held in downtown North Adams on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 1:00 pm. This year’s parade theme is Holidays on Parade, a celebration of all holidays and festivities throughout the calendar year. Over 30 years ago, Wayne Arnold began decorating his house on East Main Street with just a few sets of lights on his porch; now that tradition has grown to include thousands of lights. Just as the display has grown, so has the family has grown: now, the fourth generation of Arnolds are involved. “As a young boy, my family and I would travel to and from Northampton to see family and always admired the light dis-

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plays year after year,” said Wayne Arnold. “You never quite realize the impact it makes on others until you see other families visiting in the yard as part of their own long-standing tradition,” according to Arnold. The number of people coming back year after year, and generation after generation, is something the Arnolds enjoy. “It’s so special to us as a family, and we’re just as thankful that it’s special to the community as well.” From 1986 to 2015, MaryAnn and Leon King

have dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus for the City of North Adams’ tree lighting. They continue to volunteer and do appearances for various groups and organizations, and have volunteered with the Cub Scouts, Northern Berkshire Youth Soccer, PTG, R.O.P.E.S, the Downtown Celebration, and the Northern Berkshire Safety Camp through North Adams Public Schools, just to name a few. They have organized the Annual Toy Drive for Emergency Services, and have volunteered time for

many events sponsored by the North Adams Police Department, including the sale of patches in observance of Childhood Cancer Awareness for the month of September. MaryAnn told the story of how they got started as Mr. and Mrs. Claus. “Back in the ‘80s, the late Claire Piaggi dressed as Mrs. Claus for the annual Tree Lighting, and needed a Santa. Mayor John Barrett knew Leon had an outfit, and Leon was contacted by Claire.” MaryAnn continued, “Two years later, Claire was retiring, so the City now needed both Santa and Mrs. Claus.” Not finding a Mrs. Claus costume that she liked, MaryAnn set out to make her own, and had to share this news with her young children in a way to keep the magic alive for the season. “Krista and Leon were 7 and 5, so I made them elf outfits so they could be with us. We told them that Santa couldn’t be everywhere, so he contacted spe-

have brought joy to members of our community for decades.” Mayor Macksey continued to explain how these families emulate this year’s parade theme. “For nearly 30 years, Wayne Arnold and his family have been spreading cheer with an elaborate Christmas lights

display on their East Main Street property that continuously awes us. With 7,000 lights, the display was recognized in 2020 as Berkshire County’s best holiday light display. From wellknown children’s characters to good ol’ Saint Nicholas and Mrs. Claus, angel figures and more, the Ar-





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nolds lift the spirits of both young and old.” “MaryAnn and Leon King for three decades have put smiles on the faces of children. MaryAnn helps coordinate the annual emergency services toy drive, bringing happiness to children during the holidays, as well as to their first responder parents who selflessly serve our community. The Kings also participate in our City’s annual Tree Lighting celebration, and have been known to portray Santa and Mrs. Claus during festivities.”

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cial people to be his helpers.” MaryAnn and Leon mailed Leon’s Santa suit to the house and the children thought it came directly from the North Pole. “We didn’t want to ruin their belief in Santa.” Upon hearing the names of those selected by the Parade Committee as Grand Marshals, Mayor Macksey stated, “It’s fitting that the Arnold and King families have been named as this year’s Grand Marshals of the 66th Annual Fall Foliage Parade, ‘Holidays on Parade.’ Both families


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Fall Foliage Festival and Parade History Close to three quarters of a century ago, the leadership of the North Adams Chamber of Commerce deemed the advent of the fall foliage season a time for celebration – given that the natural beauty of the surrounding mountain ranges drew visitors from all over the eastern United States. They decided to ask local residents to join them with their many visiting friends for a little fun and merriment during the most beautiful season of the year. When Frank Casuscelli, the driving force behind the North Adams American Legion Drum

& Bugle Corps, received word that the chamber wanted to organize a celebration in 1947, he immediately contacted the rest of the members of the New York Drum and Bugle Corps Alliance to make arrangements for a street parade and drum corps competition to be held in North Adams. Prize money ($80) was offered and 10 units responded to the call. Thus, the first Fall Foliage Festival was born and with it a history of community spirit and growth that has evolved into one of the finest civic celebrations in the United States.

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The festival’s first-year success did not continue, however. In 1948, without any available funding, the chamber was only able to arrange a parade that featured about 50 new trucks supplied by area dealers. It was obvious that more support was needed. The next year it was decided that the festival would be combined with the 50th Anniversary celebration of the North Adams Elks. Over 25 area Elks groups, each with a band, marched in the parade that fall. The parade drew hundreds of appreciative spectators but the

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festival still had a long road ahead. During those early years, fall promotion was a part of the chamber’s retail division program. Although many local retailers worked hard to promote the project, it lacked the sound financial support needed to attract quality musical units fit for a major parade. In 1950, $1,000 was raised and a parade with floats and a competition were both staged in October. In 1956, with Donald Deans as the chamber’s president, the celebration began to take its present form. With Francis

Between 1971-1972 many new events were added such as a 10mile road race, an Arts & Crafts Sales, and a 10-mile bicycle race. In 1973 the addition of a large circus-type tent that hosted many events was added along with a skydiving exhibition, the Drury High School Band reunion, pancake and sausage breakfast,and more 1980 saw the return of the Drum Corps Exhibition. After a span of more than ten years, the drum corps competition was once again presented in the weeklong celebration. Since the 80’s the parade has marched on, delighting visitors and locals alike, with a small glitch in 1987 when the parade was cancelled due to an unprecedented blizzard. Themes such as There’s No Place Like Home in the

Berkshires (a nod to the Wizard of Oz) and Year of the Dog have continued to add drama to the event, inspiring fun floats and great musical arrangements by the participating bands. Then in 2020, for the second time only in the parade’s history, it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Happily, the parade returned in 2021 with renewed vigor and a shortened parade route. Although the festival and parade have changed many times throughout the years, the original concept has remained solid: the advent of the fall foliage season is definitely a time for celebration. We look forward to keeping this tradition in the Berkshires going in 2022 and for years to come.

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as general chairman. Chamber executive Arthur Kelts served as administrator. King’s reign saw the addition of current mainstays including the Children’s Parade and the Phantom Leaf Hunt. An air show was also added that year to kick-off the week’s activities. New events and the expansion of existing events demanded a reorganization and decentralization effort. 1966 saw the establishment of a co-chairman system to lead the festival. An all-time high of 22 young women vied for the Queen’s title in 1966. Saturday became Family Fun Day with a full day of appealing activities planned. That year also saw the start of the High School Marching Band Competition. In 1967, a window-painting competition for local youth and a teenage dance were added. A golf tournament and a Main Street ping-pong drop were added in 1968. In 1969, Harold Philips served as Festival Chairman and new events such as the balloon race, the no-rain dance, boxing exhibition, and various musical concerts were added. In 1970 co-chairs Peter Mancuso and Marcia Brennan took advantage of the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink. They arranged for a hockey game and figure skating exhibition. The Fall Foliage Festival Queen, Miss Nancy Ryan, went on to enter the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant and won a scholarship award for her talent presentation.

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“Bud” Hayden and Read Barrows as co-chairman, a full week of activities were planned that included the Queen Contest and Fashion Show. Member Corps of the New York State Drum and Bugle Corps Alliance were on hand for the big parade and competition. Support for the festival broadened to include more than just retail merchants. For the first time, the event ended in the black with money to build next year’s event. Another turning point in the festival’s history came in 1958. Harry Orr, a man who was later tabbed Mr. Fall Foliage Festival, entered the scene. A master at staging civic celebrations and circus events, Orr had just retired to his hometown of North Adams. That year, the celebration was co-chaired by Milton Spencer and Rene Menard and Orr learned the ropes. In 1959, Orr and Hayden served as co-chairmen. Many new activities were added to the festival’s calendar of events, including the Festival Dance and the Blessing of the Festival. The real “Orr touch” was seen in the rules and regulations, which has made the parade one of the top attractions of its kind in the country. The genius of Orr cannot go unremembered. Thus, a trophy in his memory is given annually to the float judged as the best themed entry. The festival celebrated its 10th year as a full eight-day civic celebration in 1965. Thomas King, a longtime festival worker, was appointed


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