Holyoke's New Year's celebration at the Open Square was another great event sponsored by Crush.
Mayor Elect Elaine Pluta was the guest of honor, and her son, DJ Tony Pluta, spun some great tunes as we counted down the minutes to midnight.
The Jeremy Milligan Jazz Duo greeted us as we arrived. They were followed by the Artistic Dance Conservatory who performed a variety of short routines. Watching the young dancers was a nice surprise for many party goers who didn't know they were going to perform.
It's tough to work the party with a camera, and enjoy it at the same the time. I sometimes wish I wasn't the one taking the photos, but seeing my them the next day makes it all worth it as I laugh like the party is still going.
Glenn Sullivan won this bush of many gambling pleasures in the raffle, but Jeff Byrne's beautiful, and gritty photo of the Canal was the most wanted raffle item.
The revelers had a great time. For me this was one of the best Holyoke parties yet. Mostly because I didn't have to drive to it. While walking home in the cool air of early Friday morning I felt like Holyoke really is becoming one of those great places you always wanted to live. Is it really happening? Will this be Holyoke's decade? The one when everything comes together? Photo Slideshow