Rambling Van Dog Exposed at CRUSH Party!

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While often I feel resistant to go out on New Year’s Eve, since everyone expects you to, we rallied for a great cause by joining about 100 other Holyokers at the Wisteriahurst Museum to celebrate the city of Holyoke.

A grand shindig was planned, with music, great food, two bars and festive dress. It was all planned by the core group of 30-something Holyokers who created Holyoke CRUSH. It was billed as simply festive attire…so we saw tuxedos, suits, sexy backless dresses and some people with absurd masks with pointy noses and dangling baubles.

Cindy and I were wearing summer attire but nobody noticed, and we got a chance to mingle with friends old and new from this resurging city. I also was happy to introduce Cindy to my blogging pal Rambling Van Dog, who caught a lot of shots with his new Nikon D90. You can tell Peter is most comfortable as a reporter /photographer, preferring to shoot the photos and not be in them. Still, I couldn’t resist snapping his mug. We learned a little more about his life in the flats and his involvement as one of the original founders of Holyoke CRUSH. Peter really loves the city and his blog is probably the best place to find out what’s really going on here.

At about 11:30, we headed for the door, and got a chance to speak with a woman named Rebecca, who with her husband owns a jewelry store. She told us about their plans to do a lot more with their little piece of the Highlands, and how much they’d like to see a cafe and a winebar open up to serve the people here. Who knows, maybe some day it will be us.