2005-12-01 / News

Chamber of Commerce plans December festivities

The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce has announced its schedule of fun events for islanders of all ages from now throughout the holiday season.

Beginning on Saturday, Dec. 3, the doors of village businesses will be open to shoppers and browsers for a Holiday Open House. This is chance to pick out the perfect gift for everyone on the list, while enjoying refreshments and the company of friends and neighbors. The open house will run throughout the day.

At 1 p.m., Santa, the jolly old elf himself, arrives by boat at East Ferry. He is hoping many island youngsters will meet him at the dock to escort him up to his “listening chair” at the Conanicut Marina Ship’s Store and Chandlery at 20 Narragansett Ave. Kids can pose for a photo and tell him all their secret wishes for the season.

On the same day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Conanicut Island Art Association will hold its popular Holiday Craft Fair & Little Picture Show at the Melrose Avenue School.

And the final event on Saturday is the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree at East Ferry with music by the Jamestown School Band and the Jamestown Community Chorus. Dress warmly and show up at 5:30 p.m.

On Friday, Dec. 9 the Chamber will sponsor the second annual Harbor Fire at East Ferry from 6 to 8 p.m. Gather at East Ferry with friends and neighbors to see the harbor ablaze and listen to music by Mannheim Steamroller. The rain date is Dec. 16.

ATeddy Bear Tea will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Bay Voyage Inn. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite bear or doll for an elegant tea with Mrs. Claus. Ages 5 and up are welcome, including adults. Tickets are $1 and available at Jamestown Designs, 17 Narragansett Ave., 423-0344. This event is sponsored by Rabecca L. Eunis, CPA.

More fun for people and their pooches is on the schedule for Saturday, Dec. 17.

The Paws & Claws Dog Parade will be held on Narragansett Avenue beginning at 11 a.m. Participants should dress their dogs in holiday finery and take a stroll down Narragansett Avenue. The $5 registration fee benefits the Senior Pet Fund. Contact Paws & Claws, 23 Narragansett Ave. Call 423-9677 to register pets.

Take a magical ride on the Polar Express Trolley on Sunday, Dec. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. Sing holiday carols and hear a reading of “The Polar Express,” an award-winning book by Providence author Chris Van Allsburg. Take in the fresh, crisp air, and see all the town’s holiday decorations on a 45-minute jaunt through town. Trolleys will depart on the hour and tickets must be purchased in advance as this popular event will surely sell out quickly. Pajamas are the preferred wardrobe. Available at Jamestown Designs, 17 Narragansett Ave., tickets cost $1. This event is sponsored by Jack’s Electric.

Stay tuned for the date of the Hanukkah Dinner, which will be held the last week of the month.

Visit www.jamestownrichamber.com for additional information.

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