Humason hosts annual free ice-skating party

Families are invited to a free skate party Dec. 14 at AmeliaPark Ice Arena. (File Photo)

WESTFIELD – State Sen. Donald F. Humason Jr. is welcoming the city to his annual Free Ice-Skating Party.

The Dec. 14 event is from 4-5 p.m. at Amelia Park Ice Arena, 21 South Broad St.

Humason, who will leave his Senate seat to become Westfield’s Mayor Jan. 6, started hosting the event almost two decades ago.

“I think I’ve done a skate party nearly every year since I’ve been in office, starting when I was in the House of Representatives,” said Humason.

He said he will continue the tradition as mayor.
“I plan to continue doing it every year as a way to give a little back to the community,” he said. “In the future we can call it the Mayor’s Skate Party.”

Humason did lament that this was his last party as senator.

“I’m a little nostalgic that it is my last one as State Senator. People from my Senate district will always be welcome to come and skate,” he said.

In addition to being a free, fun event for families, the Ice Skating Party is also a way for participants to give back and everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated locally.

“We’ve donated the food we collect each year to Kate’s Kitchen in Holyoke, Lorraine’s Kitchen in Chicopee, and the Westfield Food Pantry here in Westfield,” said Humason.

Humason said he looks forward to the annual afternoon of sharing the holiday spirit with families.

“With the holiday season in full stride, I invite you to bring your family and friends to join me and my family at Amelia Park for free ice skating, cookies, and some much-needed holiday cheer,” said Humason. “As we do every year, I ask that you help those in need by bringing one canned good or nonperishable food item that we will donate to a local food pantry in my district.”

If you do not have your own ice skates, Amelia Park Ice Arena will have skate rentals available for $3 per person.

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