Now open for business: Boy Scouts Christmas Tree store
The other Christmas tradition commencing on Black Friday also involves sales, but a tad less cutthroat than what occurs at your local Mall.
Since the 1950s Boy Scouts have used Kendrick Park as a sales showroom for their #1 fundraiser. Some of you may remember the "only in Amherst" incident back in 2007 (A story I broke of course) when then Town Manager Larry Shaffer -- supported by then Select Board Chair Anne Awad -- wanted to charge them rent via a $1/tree tax.
Which of course went over like drilling oil wells in a national park.
Today the Grinch, err, Larry Shaffer, is long gone and the town even allowed the Business Improvement District to decorate one of the trees on Kendrick Park near the showroom with holiday lights.
Yes Virgina, there is a Santa Clause (even in Amherst).