The holiday season begins this weekend
Jamestown's elves will be hustling and bustling throughout the village this Saturday as islanders offi- cially ring in the holiday season with a variety of happenings.
It all begins Saturday morning in the village with holiday open houses hosted by island merchants. Everyone is invited stop by and share the holiday festivities. It is a great opportunity to start your holiday gift shopping.
You won't want to miss the annual Holiday Craft Show at the Melrose Avenue School on Saturday. There you'll find a assortment of unique creations by island artists. This show marks the 30th year for the sale sponsored by the Conanicut Island Artist's Association.
All three of the island churches in the village are holding their holiday festivals and bazaars on Saturday. Be sure to visit the events hosted by St. Matthew's, St. Mark, and Central Baptist.
Youngsters will want to be at the East Ferry docks at 1 p.m. on Saturday to watch for the red-hull boat bringing Santa Claus to Jamestown. Every year Santa visits the island and stops at the Conanict Marine Ship's Store to greet the children.
The day will end with the traditional lighting of the Christmas Tree at East Ferry at 5:30 p.m. Lots of Christmas caroling, refreshments and a big bonfire will keep folks warm. The Boy Scouts will decorate the island with luminary Saturday evening as a fund-raising project.
On Sunday, Dec. 2, everyone is welcome at the southern tip of the island for the annual Beavertail Lighthouse Museum open house. Enjoy the holiday refreshments and stop at the museum store which will be open for holiday shoppers.
There's loads of holiday cheer ahead in Jamestown. Be sure to join in the fun.
- Jeff McDonough