2005-12-08 / Editorial


Tis the season to count our blessings, and surely one of them is this special town we call home, full of familiar

faces and good neighbors. The good feelings that go along with living in a friendly place are even more prevalent during the holiday season, as the town comes alive with activities.

There are so many wonderful events for young and old alike, it’s impossible not to be swept up in the warm glow of the holidays, as every day offers another chance to join in the festivities.

Our local merchants have also made their own holiday preparations and are hoping you will frequent the village often this month, whether it be for shopping, dining, services, or just relaxing.

A walk through the village will certainly lift your spirits, as you take in the decorative handiwork of our shopkeepers, innkeepers, and volunteers who have dressed up the town for a month of celebration. Be sure to take a stroll or ride through town after dark. From the waterfront to Southwest Avenue to West Ferry, the village is warm and bright with the lights of the season. A perfect time to take in the view will be this Friday evening, when Jamestown’s own Harbor Fire returns for the second year, complementing our festive tree at East Ferry.

A peek behind the festive doors and windows of the village shops and restaurants will reveal countless gifts and treats for your family and friends. Don’t let the size of our town mislead you. There are hundreds of gift ideas just minutes from your door. Inside the shops, you’ll find neighbors and friends who will make your holiday shopping a bit easier, and your holiday entertaining more special. This is a great time to get re-acquainted with everything the town has to offer or spend some extra time at your favorite spot. Make it a point to dine at a restaurant you haven’t tried before and sample one of the winter menus. Take the Jamestown coffee challenge, and see if you can have your morning coffee at seven different island spots before the end of the year.

Although the activity in the village is bit slower during the winter, there are at least 17 retail locations and 10 dining establishments in the village, dozens of home businesses, and personal service professionals.

Add four island locations to pick out a Christmas tree and your holidays are getting even simpler. A visit to www.jamestownrichamber.com will provide a list and description of many of Jamestown’s businesses ready to meet your holiday requests.

Our local merchants work year ‘round to maintain a vibrant local economy, and provide high-quality goods and services for Jamestown. These same merchants provide jobs for our children and neighbors, support our local non-profit organizations, and enhance our quality of life. Please try to patronize the local businesses this year, and take a break from Google, Amazon, and the malls upstate.

Spend more time on the island this holiday season and soak up the charm and vitality of our special town. Happy holidays!

Mike Swistak,

president, Jamestown Chamber of Commerce

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