Holiday season starts this weekend
The holiday season cannot officially start until Santa has arrived, the tree has been lit, stores are decorated and the shopping has begun.
This weekend's events in Jamestown include all of these things and are the perfect recipe to jumpstart the season. Saturday and Sunday are filled with different happenings for shoppers, music lovers, food lovers and those who just want to marvel at holiday lights twinkling against a winter sky. Grab your loved ones, your wallet, and your holiday spirit and stop at all the shops, churches and outdoor events on the schedule below. Don't forget to greet Santa!
Great gifts at
business open houses
Many stores in the village will have treats to make everyone's shopping more festive and to get them into the holiday spirit. Shops will be offering special services and refreshments from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stop by the newest addition to downtown Jamestown, the Schock Gallery, at 47 Conanicus Ave. from noon to 5 p.m. The Schock Gallery exhibits nationally known and local fine artists including Cindy Blair, Kate Petrie, Barbara Hutchison, and Pat Tuff, as well as members of the Jamestown Arts Center.
Holiday Craft Show
Celebrate some of the talent that Jamestown has to offer at the 30th annual Holiday Craft Show hosted by the Conanicut Island Art Association on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Melrose
Avenue School. Forty unique artists and artisans
will participate. "Arrive early to find the best selections from your favorite crafters. There is always something special for each person on your gift list," CIAA president Karen Krider said. "And, don't hesitate to bring home something unique for yourself, as well. This show is known for excellent prices on fun and beautiful items." Local artisans will offer a variety of mediums from watercolors and hand-knit items to topiary, jewelry, pottery and more. Jamestown crafts include DorothyRaynes' fresh holiday wreaths and boxwood trees; Jessie Dutra's notecards, father and son team Don and Keith Gillis' island treasures and silk screen tshirts, Melissa Burrows' hand-turned wood pens, and Becky Mahle's jewelry designs.
While you are shopping, be sure to take a break for a snack or lunch at the PTO Café. Enjoy a variety of breakfast items, homemade soups and baked goods while supporting the Jamestown schools.
Central Baptist holiday festival
Central Baptist Church's annual Christmas Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. The fair will offer a variety of gift and holiday items, including locally made fleece hats and capes; handmade wreaths and other Christmas decorations; homemade baked goods; and a selection of arts and crafts created by artisans from around the world.
A new feature will be the Elf Workshop. Children can purchase inexpensive holiday gifts for parents and family members.
Donuts and coffee will be provided during the morning hours. A lunch of lobster rolls, homemade chicken soup, salad, and other items, will be served later in the day.
Everyone is invited to attend this event, which supports the congregation's service projects.
St. Mark Christmas festival
St. Mark Church has set the dates for its annual Christmas Festival this Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The festival will feature Christmas wreaths, baskets and floral arrangements, as well as numerous handcrafted items, baked goods, and a raffle.
There will be a "Luck of the Irish Booth," and on Saturday, have lunch at the "Taste and See Café."
The Irish band Celtic Gathering will perform from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The festival is held in the church hall, lower level, 60 Narragansett Ave.
St. Matthew's Christmas Bazaar will be held in the parish hall on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shop the bargains in handmade items such as scarves, hats, baby blankets, totes, and pet items as well as affordable small gifts, attic treasures and holiday decorations. And don't miss the scrumptious baked goods sale.
The highlight of this year's raffle is a number of gift baskets. Tickets can be at the bazaar right up until the noon raffle drawing. Ticket holders need not be present at the time of the drawing to win.
Santa Claus arrives by boat
Word from the North Pole is that Santa will arrive at East Ferry at 1 p.m. aboard a red lobster boat, the Nancy B, and make land at Conanicut Marina's East Ferry dock.
Santa, assisted by his elves, is expected to make his way from the waterfront to the Conanicut Marina Ship's Store and Chandlery, where he will spend time hearing the holiday wishes of all boys and girls who show up to greet him.
Pictures will be taken with Santa, and available the following week, free of charge to parents.
All harbor vessels are invited to join Santa's flotilla.
Tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.
The Jamestown Village Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, on the Village Green at East Ferry. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., songs, refreshments and good cheer for everyone will herald this joyous season.
Jamestown Starry Night The town will sparkle with luminary lights starting at dusk. Sponsored by the Jamestown Boy Scout Troop 1, all proceeds from sales of the luminary kits will benefit the local scouts. All adopt-aspot locations will be set up and collected at the end of the evening by members of Troop 1. Individual luminary kits, which include the makings of 10 luminaries, are available for purchase for $10, by calling Diane Archibald at 423- 3094.
Sunday, Dec. 2
Lighthouse to hold open house
The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum will open its doors to visitors on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The halls will be decked out in the motifs of the season and the sea to celebrate the holidays in lighthouse style.
All are invited to look at the exhibits and learn about the people and equipment that worked ceaselessly to help keep mariners safe throughout the light's more than 250 years of service.
Meet the folks who keep the light shining on this national historic site so that present and future generations will know the key role Beavertail played on Narragansett Bay night and day, during war and peace.
Enjoy the tasty refreshments presented by members of the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, and shop the museum store for apparel, giftware, books, cards and jewelry reflecting a bit of the beauty and historical significance of the third lighthouse built in the United States.
For more information, contact BLMA President George Warner at 423-1278.