Mother Nature delivers picture-perfect day for Strawberry Festival

Telegraph photo by DEAN SHALHOUP Licking every trace of ice cream from her spoon under the watchful eyes of mom and dad, 20-month-old Leona Miller gets a clear view of the Hollis Town Band from her vantage point during Sunday's Hollis Strawberry Festival.

HOLLIS – In stark contrast to last year, Mother Nature bestowed a sunny smile upon Sunday’s annual Hollis Strawberry Festival, a decades-long tradition that for more than 30 years has been co-sponsored by the Hollis Woman’s Club and the Hollis Town Band.

“The line is long, but it’s moving steadily,” club member and longtime festival volunteer Kat McGhee said from her vantage point upon a utility trailer carrying a freezer of Doc Davis ice cream.

The robust turnout, McGhee added, necessitated sending out word for more ice cream, which arrived promptly and with a few scoops to spare.

Town Band conductor Dave Bailey was back onstage again this year, happy, as no doubt were his band-mates, to play their selections under the giant shade tree on Monument Square rathern than under the roof of the Hollis-Brookline Middle School gym.

Bailey, as he typically does just before the band takes a break, introduced current Woman’s Club president Nora Lewis and member Jen Hunt, who served as chairwoman of this year’s festival.

Telegraph photo by DEAN SHALHOUP Molly Benz, recruited by her mother, Hollis Woman's Club member Susan Benz, to volunteer at Sunday's Hollis Strawberry Festival, heads toward the long line of festival-goers with order forms for their choices of treats.

Among other causes, proceeds raised by the festival help both the Woman’s Club and Town Band fund scholarships they present to local youths each year.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.