2011-12-01 / Front Page

Island’s Christmas season kicks off this weekend with sack full of events

BY TIM RIEL


Santa, along with Mrs. Clause, will arrive in Jamestown by boat on Saturday at 1 p.m. The couple will dock at East Ferry. 
PHOTO BY JEFF MCDONOUGH Santa, along with Mrs. Clause, will arrive in Jamestown by boat on Saturday at 1 p.m. The couple will dock at East Ferry. PHOTO BY JEFF MCDONOUGH Santa Claus is coming to town, and with his arrival on Saturday, the Christmas spirit in Jamestown will be palpable once again as holiday festivities kick off in the village.

Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to arrive by boat at East Ferry at 1 p.m. After docking, the jolly couple will take a stroll up to the Conanicut Marine Ship’s Store and make themselves available for photos with island children.

The promenade doesn’t end there, though. The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce will once again sponsor the Narragansett Avenue holiday stroll, where families can walk the downtown area, listening to carolers, and visit the plethora of open houses.

Lila Delman Real Estate, the Purple Door and Jamestown Designs will serve refreshments including cider and cookies. If there is a family dog that wants to come along for the walk, Island Animal will offer dog biscuits for the Christmas K-9s. They will also raffle off a gift basket. Other businesses with their doors open will be The Secret Garden and Jamestown Liquors. At Town Hall, The Conanicut Island Art Association will present its Open House Gallery Night, where strollers can enjoy more tasty treats while looking at artwork.

Beginning at 1:15 p.m., Conanicut Marine Services will sponsor horse-drawn hayrides through the village. The hayrides will depart from the CMS Ship’s Store and will continue until 4 p.m.

Along with the island businesses, all three Jamestown churches have their Christmas parties planned. The Central Baptist Church’s Christmas Fair will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The fair will feature a doll boutique that will offer handcrafted wooden beds, individually designed sets of bedding, and handmade clothing for 18-inch dolls. The fair will also feature an angel corner with handmade kitchen angels and designer ceramic angels for sale.

Also starting at 9 a.m., St. Mark Church will hold its Christmas Festival. Shoppers will be able to choose from holiday gifts including handcrafts, baked goods, greenery baskets, wreaths and bicycles. Raffle prizes will include a 37-inch HDTV and liquor baskets. There will also be a “Luck of the Irish” booth and a silent auction. Celtic Gathering will provide live entertainment.

And at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, its Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will include Christmas decorations, ornaments and housewares, as well as handmade crafts, wreaths and baked goods for sale. Free hot chocolate and cider will be served.

To end the festive day, the annual Village Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at East Ferry. The Jamestown Community Band will be on hand to play Christmas music as islanders gather around the tree to sing along with the band and watch the 55-foot spruce light up the village to mark the beginning of another holiday season.

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