HAMPTON — A giant bonfire made from disposed Christmas trees, and rides on a 40-foot inflatable toboggan, will highlight the Crackle & Hops Winter Festival in Hampton.
Smuttynose Brewing Co. is hosting the event at its location on Towle Farm Road. Proceeds will benefit the Hampton Fire Fighters Charitable Organization, which aids people in need throughout the region.
Recently, members of the charitable organization assisted residents affected by the gas line explosions in Massachusetts, which caused over 80 fires and affected as many as 40 homes in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. One man died when a chimney toppled onto his car.
“We try to do good for the people around us,” said Kourtney Auger, secretary of Hampton Fire Fighters Charitable Organization. “Sometimes it’s a little; sometimes it’s a lot.”
Hampton Fire Fighters Charitable Organization was formed in March of 2016 when fellow firefighter Kyle Jameson was fighting cancer. After his death in May of that year at the age of 33, members decided to continue raising money to promote safety and education in the firefighting profession and provide relief to the distressed and underprivileged.
“We’re proud to host such a large, family-friendly event while knowing we’re doing our part to give back to the men and women who help keep the community safe,” said Aubree Giarrosso, an events, retail and brand manager at Smuttynose.
There will be a live ice sculpting performance and a beer ice luge. People can also try a hot poker to caramelize Smuttlabs’ Peanut Butter stout and Rocky Road stout.
The event will be held in the field behind the brewery on Jan. 19 from 2 to 8 p.m.
General admission to the event is free. VIP tickets are $30 and include two beer tickets, two hot chocolates, a s’more kit, a koozie, 10 rides on the toboggan and a 9-inch pizza. For more info, visit goo.gl/5VC2ES.