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Boltonians beat the cold with a tropical fest in the town garage

BOLTONLANDING - Although many residents flee to Florida or sunny climates during the frigid months, a large group of local folks visited tropical territory Saturday - in the town garage.

About 160 people of all ages attended annual Cabin Fever Cure-All Party on Feb. 19, with many sporting Polynesian attire and donning leis handed out at the door.

This fundraiser for the Bolton Free Library was held in two bays of the concrete-block garage, decked out with tropical decorations.

Complete with restaurant-donated delicacies and hours of music, the event was such a smash hit that people stayed around and danced for about an hour after the party was supposed to end, event organizer Emma Calautti said.

"We couldn't stop it when the time was up - it had a life of its own," she said. "Slam, bang, pop, wow! - it was a tremendous success."

While parents socialized, children played on a mini-beach created with sand hauled in by the town highway workers.

The party-goers didn't mind sharing the garage with its snowplows and bulldozers in nearby bays, because the floor was heated and there was plenty of room for eating the buffet dinner and dancing afterwards, Calautti said.

"We knew it would be the best place to hold the party," she said. "The road and parking lot are the best-plowed sites in town."

The attendees ate food with a tropical flair while basking in light from illuminated faux palm trees plus listening and dancing to Jimmy Buffett music, Calautti said.

"Whether it was the dancing, bouncing beachballs, or kids playing in the sand, it was incredible fun," she said.

Tropical decorations included luau lamps, parrots, hula skirts hanging on the walls, and table decorations of exotic silk flowers and sea shells. To take home a photo memento of the occasion, Partyers poked their heads through a scenic prop that depicted a couple in surfer swimwear.

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