As 2016 comes to an end, we wanted to look back at some of the big moments and events that happened in Wilmington this year that we were able to share with you through video. Here are the highlights from some of the most-watched videos of the year!
We saw touching tributes to Frank Kelley after his passing in January, from both the band outside the funeral and in studio from those who knew him best. The town also came together and threw a spectacular 50th birthday party for another big community advocate, Bernie McNally.
The Town Common was the backdrop for a lot of big moments in 2016: from the return of the 4th of July Carnival and Christmas Tree Lighting to a candlelight vigil to mourn loved ones they lost to drug addiction for "A Night of Hope & Healing".
We watched the Wilmington High School Cheerleaders take first place at the Tewksbury invitational; even after their audio track cut out. Parents, friends, and family came out to watch the class of 2016 seniors get dressed in their Prom dresses and tuxedos as they walked down the promenade aisle. And we watched families march in the annual Horribles Parade.
There were big community events like National Night Out, the Annual Town Clean-Up Day and the Rotary Club's Ice Bucket Challenge. The town also said farewell to retiring Rec Department Director Deb Cipriani.
The new Yentile Farm Recreational Facility went from groundbreaking to near completion. What else did you all watch? How about Walter Collings scaling down the side of a building in Boston to raise money for the special Olympics! There was an exhibit at the Town Museum highlighting Wilmington High School history, while current students rocked the stage for this year's Battle of the Bands.
WCTV's own "Where's Wilmington" program celebrated its 100th episode. Among the mix: an episode this year featuring the Wildlife of Wilmington Facebook page, which has since become its own show! Host Lisa Kapala said one of her favorite programs of the year was a feature on drone photography. And our Youth Programs continue to churn out short video clips.
WCTV is glad to be able to capture all these big events and occasions on video in order to bring it to you via our TV channels and the online streaming. We look forward to continuing in 2017!