Thursday, November 29, 2012

Weekend Happenings - A Whole Lotta Holiday Local Here

Wow. Sometimes it's the chicken, and sometimes it's the feathers.

This weekend is all chicken, or Christmas Goose, more accurately. Saturday is brimming with local events for the family, with holiday fairs all over Cape Ann and even some fun stuff for the grown ups. Read on, and get out there - shop local, see old friends and share a carol, a cocoa and that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from enjoying the simpler traditions this season.

THE LONG VIEW - Plan to hit this one AFTER you've brought the kiddos to 10000 holiday fairs:
90 seconds and velvet, jennifer goulart ameroCraft Beer Holiday Tasting Event
hosted by Merrimack Valley Distributing Company 
Railroad Avenue Liquors

Our Lady of Good Voyage Holiday Fair
9-1pm at  142 Prospect Street
Fried dough breakfast. At 10:30 a.m. Santa arrives and at 11:30 lunch will be served.The bazaar will feature Portuguese sweet bread, baked goods, a general store and more

Beeman Elementary School Holiday Fair
9-2pm at 138 Cherry Street
Games, arts and crafts, spin art, sand art, gingerbread house kits, raffles, silent auction and lunch. All proceeds benefit school’s enrichment programs.

Trinity Congregationalist Church "Christmas by the Sea"
11:30-1pm at 70 Middle Street
Gloucester Fish chowder, hot dogs, pictures with Santa, silent auction, lots of great Christmas stuff; fresh greens, wreaths, jewelry, crafts, holiday foods, Advent calendar, ‘Cookie Walk,’ White Elephants, clothing at thrift shop next door.

Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s Holiday Bazaar
10 -2 pm at 292 Washington Street
Professional vendors, bake sale, raffles, white elephants, photo ops with Santa till 11 a.m. 

United Methodist Church 
9-2pm at 436 Washington Street
Christmas ornaments, stocking-stuffers, white elephant items and baked goods.

Saint Ann's Church Holiday Bingo
6:30pm at 

Christmas Fair at Lanesville Congregational Church
9-1pm at  1120 Washington Street in Lanesville
Baked Goods, Used Books, Craft and Handiwork, Christmas Wreaths and Greenery, White Elephants, chowder and more. Proceeds benefit Mississippi Missions project.

St. Paul Lutheran Church Christmas Fair
9-1pm at 1123 Washington Street in Lanesville
 Photos with Santa, homemade Nisu bread, kissing balls, wreaths, swags, raffle Dave’s homemade chowder

90 seconds and velvet, jennifer goulart ameroROCKPORT
Santa's Arrival in Rockport and Tree Lighting
1-4pm at 
Bearskin Neck, and Dock Square
Santa will arrive at Rockport’s Bradley Wharf on Bearskin Neck on Saturday, December 1 at 3:45 p.m., following a brisk lobster boat ride across Sandy Bay. Then Santa will climb up onto a Rockport Forest Fire truck, Cape Ann Jazz Band. At Dock Square Santa will briefly ascend the platform to greet the crowd and kick off the Tree Lighting festivities, before climbing back onto the fire truck to begin his long return journey to the North Pole.

Santa Paws Fundraiser 
Benefit for Cape Ann Animal Aid
11-2pm at Smith Hardware and Lumber

Breakfast with Santa
8-11 am at Essex Elementary School
Enjoy a great breakfast when Santa visits Essex Elementary School. $5 per person or $25 per family.

Essex Shopping Open Houses
Find the perfect gift at Essex's unique
Antique and Specialty Shops and treat yourself to lunch or dinner at one of
Essex's Restaurants! Many businesses will be offering specials and refreshments.
Eat, Shop and Be Merry in Essex!

Cranes' Castle "Greening of the Greathouse"
Friday - Sunday at Castle Hill

Celebrate the magic of winter as the Great House on Castle Hill is festively decorated by area florists and designers. Enjoy live music, a dance performance, a children's "Eye Spy," refreshments, and more at this Winter festival. On Friday evening, make it a date and come for live jazz music and a drink at the cash bar. On Saturday and Sunday, visit the Gift Gallery for distinctive holiday gifts. Please consider bringing an unwrapped gift for our "Giving Sleigh" to benefit needy families through Ipswich Caring.

Friday - Sunday at Throughout Downtown 
Lucky 9 Raffle Drawing on Thursday (tickets $25; grand prize of $1,000, more than 20 prizes in all!); Open Houses in the shops all weekend long; Shop Manchester Night on Friday; Pancake Breakfast, Santa's arrival, and Jingle Bell Walk on Saturday; Concert and Lighting of the Friendship Tree on Sunday; and much more!

Friday, November 30, 4:00 to 9:00 pm - Shop Manchester Night
Downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea stores will be OPEN until 9:00 pm.
Here's how to play...
-Get a Shop Manchester Night Passbook, available from participating stores.
-Collect stamps from all participating shops, between 4:00 and 9:00 pm

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