2009-12-03 / Front Page

Celebrate the holidays in Jamestown this Saturday

Tree lighting caps busy day

Looking to get in the holiday spirit this weekend? Jamestown offi cially kicks off its holiday season with a full slate of festivities on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Shoppers will find plenty of hand-made items created by island artists and local crafters as all three of the island’s churches host their annual Christmas sales. Central Baptist Church will host its Christmas fair from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., St. Matthew’s Church will hold its Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and St. Mark Church will hold its Christmas festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The events include an assortment of hand-made items, raffles, baked goods sales, delicious lunches and other festive traditions.

Gift-seekers should also head by Melrose School, where the Conanicut Island Art Association will hold its annual holiday craft show sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show features hand-made items, including jewelry, baskets, glass, pottery, clay creations, clothing, small paintings and pens.

In the afternoon, head down to Conanicut Marina, where the jolly old elf himself will make an appearance at 1 p.m. Santa Claus will arrive by lobster boat, then travel on foot to the Conanicut Marine Ship’s Store on Narragansett Avenue, where he’ll visit with kids and pose for pics.

If it’s festive tunes you long to hear, take a sunset stroll down Narragansett Avenue. If you’re near Baker’s Pharmacy at 4 p.m., you’ll bump into the Jamestown Community Band, who’ll be playing Christmas carols along the island’s main street.

From 4 to 8 p.m., stop in at the Teen Center for an open house event. You can meet the Teen Center staff, check out the progress of the ceiling tile project and register for programs. Refreshments will be offered by the Lawn Avenue School eighth-grade class; all proceeds go toward the students’ class trip to Washington, D.C.

Jamestown Designs will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. From 5 to 8 p.m., the Benjamin Thomas Gallery will host an open house featuring light snacks and drinks – as well as a 20 percent discount on non-commissioned pieces during the event. The newly formed Jamestown Gallery will also host an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in its space at 47 Conanicus Ave.

Finally, don’t miss the big event – the 29th annual village Christmas tree lighting at East Ferry Memorial Square at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy holiday music by Lawn Avenue School student musicians and singers, along with a bonfire and other festive treats.

Bring a can of food and donate to the Bridges Food Pantry. Look for the sign.

Happy holidays!

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