2010-12-02 / Front Page

Santa reigns over island Holiday Stroll

By Tim Riel

The holiday festivities will be in full swing for the first weekend of December and islanders won’t have to go far to get into the Christmas spirit. Santa Claus is expected to make his annual arrival by boat at East Ferry, too.

The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce and the Conanicut Island Art Association have teamed up to present the Holiday Stroll, a walk along Narragansett Avenue and East Ferry that’s filled with more activities than Santa’s sack has toys.

It all starts on the morning of this Saturday, Dec. 5. Jamestowners will have ample opportunity to take part during the day with a number of island holiday events.

To kick things off, all three churches will host Christmas celebrations starting early Saturday morning.

Central Baptist Church will hold its Christmas Fair – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is the theme this season – from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The fair features an art gallery with photographs, pottery, handdesigned jewelry and chalkboard vases. Locally decorated wreaths and centerpieces will be on sale, along with a variety of gift baskets for $10, $20 and $30. The event will also include handmade crafts from around the world and a silent auction where visitors can bid on art, gift certificates and various services. Lobster rolls, soups and hot dogs will be featured for lunch.

St. Matthew’s Parish Christmas Bazaar also starts Saturday morning. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature many affordable gifts for purchase, ranging from crafts to jewelry. There will be home-baked goods and a gift-wrapping table for children. The popular thrift shop will be open during most of the bazaar.

The third church gathering of the day will be St. Mark’s annual Christmas Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Along with lunch and live music from Celtic Gathering, the festival will feature a white elephant gift exchange, raffles, a silent auction, home-baked goods and hand-crafted items.

Jamestown merchants are also joining in the festivities with the Holiday Stroll. The day will feature open houses filled with shopping and good holiday cheer.

Islanders are invited to stop in the Purple Door Bead Shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for baked treats. Head over to Grapes & Gourmet for some holiday-infused eggnog. The Jamestown Gallery will offer cider and cookies during the day, and will feature live acapella music from Alley Cats with a wine and cheese reception to follow.

Jamestown Hardware will welcome island friends with snacks. Jamestown Designs will host an open house all day and will offer a free shell glitter ornament with every $50 purchase. Island Animal will offer cider, cookies and doggie treats for the Christmas canines. Baker’s Pharmacy is greeting its guests with coffee and donuts.

Cathryn Jamieson Salon is offering a free custom Aveta Perfume will every $50 purchase and a free $20 gift certificate with every $100 purchase.

The Ocean Essence Spa will have plenty of specials on gift certifi cates and products.

Jamestown Wine and Spirits will give away a free bottle opener with every $50 purchase. The Jamestown Art Center invites holiday strollers to stop by their new home on Valley Street and help decorate their Christmas tree from 1 to 5 p.m. and enjoy cider and cookies.

The Conanicut Island Art Association is sponsoring two events on Saturday – the Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Melrose School and the Open House Gallery at Town Hall from 1 to 5 p.m. to view local artwork and enjoy some treats. The craft fair will feature 38 artisans with handmade crafts including jewelry, blown glass, ceramics, paintings, cards, clothing and other fabric creations. There will also be a booth featuring the popular “bin” pieces featured at the summer art show, which is original artwork unframed and shrink wrapped.

A holiday tradition that will thrill the kids happens at 1 p.m. on Saturday when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat at East Ferry. The jolly couple will make their way to Conanicut Marine Services Ship’s Store and Chandlery to hear what Jamestown youngsters would like for Christmas. Cider and cookies will be served. Free pictures of Santa with the kids will also be available. The jolly couple will be in town until 3 p.m. The Ship’s Store will feature a holiday sale with 20 percent off clothing and shoes.

Also on Saturday, Jamestown Chamber of Commerce’s popular “Chamber Checks” will be sold at a 10-percent discount at Baker’s Pharmacy, the Ship’s Store, the Purple Door and Grapes & Gourmet.

The busy day ends with the Village Christmas Tree Lighting at East Ferry at 5:30 p.m.

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