Join in the holly, jolly weekend in Jamestown
Don’t know what to do this weekend? How about jumping into the holiday season by joining several island organizations who are busy as elves putting together an array of holiday events sure to put a smile on even the family Grinch.
The wide range of holiday offerings inspire good feelings while proving that it is entirely possible to do all your holiday shopping without ever leaving the island! Try it!
Here’s a round-up on what’s happening in Jamestown this weekend, including the arrival of Santa Claus at East Ferry:
Visit the CIAA Craft Fair
The annual Conanicut Island Art Association Craft Fair will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Melrose Avenue School.
More than 50 artisans will be displaying their wares and selling handcrafted items including jewelry, clothing, pottery, soaps, textiles and much more.
New this year is the Little Picture Show, a showcase for CIAA artists to sell their tiniest works of art at great prices. With a format no larger than 12 by 16 inches, the Little Pictures will be in all mediums, from photography to oils and watercolors.
Many Jamestown artists will be participating in the popular show.
Also present at the show will be a number of non-profit organsell items and increase awareness of their important projects.
Central Baptist Church
Central Baptist Church will hold its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For sale will be fleece hats, beautiful felted bags, holiday greens, cards and gifts of all kinds. Also on tap are a silent auction and the CBC Cafe, which will be serving a tasty lunch.
On the menu are lobster rolls, soup, salads, sandwiches, bagels, and coffee for breakfast.
Come learn about the many projects the church supports locally and around the globe.
St. Matthew’s Episcopal
Church Christmas Bazaar
The St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Christmas Bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Parish Hall. Come in and take the chill off with some cider or hot cocoa while shopping for holiday gifts.
The bazaar will feature handknit items, seasonal decorations, greens, and affordable gifts for all ages and even family pets. The popular baked goods table this year will include St. Matthew’s new parish cookbook. Face painting and other treats will keep the youngsters happy.
A highlight this year will be a raffle of a beautiful oil-on-linen painting of Foxhill Farm from Sheffield Cove by local landscape and still-life artist Liz Congdon. Raffle tickets for the painting, valued at $1,000, can be purchased at the bazaar for $5 each or three for $10.
Tickets can be purchased right up until the 1:30 p.m. drawing on the day of the bazaar.
St. Mark Church
St. Mark Church will hold their annual Christmas Fair on the weekend of Dec. 3 and 4 in the Parish Hall.
Among the items available for sale are Christmas wreaths, baskets, floral arrangements and hand-crafted items. There will be freshly-made baked goods, a silent auction and raffle.
A lunch of homemade soups and hot dogs will be served on Saturday and everyone is invited to come.
Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, from 9 a.m. to noon.
PTO Bake Sale
offers lots of goodies
Bakers are still needed to fill the tables at the annual PTO Bake Sale, which will be held Dec. 3 at the Melrose Avenue School in conjunction with the Conanicut Island Art Association Craft Sale.
Baked items can be dropped off at the Melrose school between 8:30 and 9 a.m.
Call Pat Holtzman, 423-0477, or Susan Baccari at 423-1200.
In addition to the PTO Bake Sale, luminaries, Scrip cards, and Entertainment Books will also be available for sale on at the booth on Dec. 3. The Luminaries will be lit that evening, so the craft fair will be the last opportunity to purchase them for anyone who has not yet done so.
Once again Scrip cards will be for sale for gift giving. There will be a variety of cards from many popular stores that make great stocking stuffers. The PTO Cafe will also be in full operation, serving breakfast and lunch.
Santa arrives by boat at
At 1 p.m., escorted by a flotilla, Santa Claus will arrive by boat at East Ferry. He will walk up the street to the Conanicut Marine Ship’s Store and Chandlery to hear everyone’s holiday wishes and have his picture taken.
Annual Christmas Tree
The Jamestown Village Christmas Tree Lighting will be held this Saturday, Dec. 3, on the village green at East Ferry.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., there will be music provided by the Jamestown School Band and the Jamestown Community Chorus. Refreshments and good cheer will be offered to everyone to herald the start of this joyous season.
Museum open house
Holiday cheer is in season at the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association’s Holiday Open House this Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The halls will be decked with Christmas greenery, tables laden with refreshments, and the tower will be open from 1 to 2 p.m. for those whose idea of holiday cheer includes ascending great heights to take in the view.
The volunteers of the BLMA will be on hand to tell tales of lighthouses of old.
Everyone is welcome and the gift shop will be open and brimming with holiday gift items for the lighthouse lover in every family.
There is no admission charge.