2013-12-05 / Editorial

Join in the festive island Christmas


Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in Jamestown by boat on Nov. 30 and greeted youngsters at the Conanicut Ship’s Store. Santa is expected to visit the village again this Saturday, Dec. 7, as part of the day-long festivities. 
Photo by Jeff mcdonough Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in Jamestown by boat on Nov. 30 and greeted youngsters at the Conanicut Ship’s Store. Santa is expected to visit the village again this Saturday, Dec. 7, as part of the day-long festivities. Photo by Jeff mcdonough This Saturday, Dec. 7, is a special day in Jamestown. It’s the day that islanders officially herald the holiday season with a cheerful boatload of events and activities. One islander refers to this day as her “favorite day of the year” in Jamestown.

The Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual island stroll from 1 to 5 p.m. this Saturday. A vast number of island businesses are rolling out the red carpet with special holiday open houses. Look for the advertisement on Page 13 of this issue of the Press. It’s a great time to shop for the people on your holiday gift lists.

Also on Saturday are the annual holiday fairs hosted by the island churches. Central Baptist, St. Matthew’s and St. Mark will all welcome Jamestowners from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s a special time at each of the venues.

The Conanicut Island Art Association’s annual holiday crafts fair will again be held at the Melrose School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The wise shoppers know that it is important to arrive early for the best selections on great handcrafted items by local artisans.

The Jamestown Philomenian Library also gets in on the excitement with its annual book sale on Saturday. The book sale is always a great place to find gifts for your favorite readers.

Of course, for many the highlight of the day is the traditional lighting of the village Christmas tree. There will be caroling, a bonfire and a good dose of holiday cheer. The community chorus and band will be on hand to provide the appropriate festive music, with help from Jamestown music students. It’s an island event that you don’t want to miss.

Oh yes, it’s the 34th year for the annual tree lighting that gets underway at 5:30 p.m.

You can make your island holiday Saturday complete with dinner at one of Jamestown’s wonderful restaurants. You might want to make reservations soon as it could be a mighty busy evening at these establishments.

We’ll see you out and about on Saturday.

— Jeff McDonough

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