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Friday, December 2, 2011

It's this Sunday, White Christmas in West Brookfield

Okay, maybe it won't be too white. After the October storm, I'm okay with that. Heck, 48 degrees and sunny won't be a problem.

It'll still be fun. Here is the committee's press release:




WEST BROOKFIELD, MA…The historic, picturesque town of West Brookfield will be celebrating the 19th Annual White Christmas festival beginning at noon. The day will include open houses at shops and businesses, craft shows, horse-drawn wagon rides, a tree lighting ceremony and a holiday music concert.

In and around the town will be open houses of shops and businesses designated with white flags. Many of these businesses will offer free raffles. Ye Olde Tavern and Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center will each be hosting a craft show featuring many local artisans. The West Brookfield Elementary School will host the Elves “R” Us Gift Sale from 12 to 4 p.m. The Boy Scouts will be selling warm refreshments.

The churches in town will also be participating in the event. The Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church will be serving soup and sandwiches from Noon to 5:00 p.m. as well as singing Christmas carols. The First Congregational Church will offer a country store, silent auction and a luncheon beginning at Noon. “Carols and Cocoa” will also be offered from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The George Whitefield United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a craft corner along with donuts and cider from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Be sure to stop by the West Brookfield Fire Department to enjoy homemade chili and chowder at their open house from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Activities at the Senior Center will include a Chinese auction, a sing-a-long with the Silvertones (1:30 till 3 p.m.), a bake sale and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, all beginning at 12:00 and ending at 3:00 p.m. The Merriam-Gilbert Library will display a “Mitten and Hat Tree” where donations of new children’s hats, scarves, socks, gloves, and mittens will be accepted to benefit Socks for Siberia.

Don’t miss the free horse-drawn wagon rides circling the common from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and afterwards enjoy some delicious warm cider by the campfire provided by the Pack 118 Cub Scouts. While enjoying the events on the common, be sure to try the roasted chestnuts. Also, take time to greet Father Christmas and Frosty the Snowman as they stroll around town.

The final events of the day will include the lighting of 2,000 white lights hung on the town common’s 70 foot high spruce tree at 5:45 p.m. The tree will be surrounded by 50 luminarias and a caroling sing-along will be enjoyed. A special concert featuring the Quaboag Choral Society directed by Eric Von Bleicken will be held in the Great Hall on the 2nd floor of the Town Hall at 6:15 p.m. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted to benefit a local food pantry.

The booklet of program events, including the location of open houses, will be available at local businesses. Support for this community event comes from area merchants advertising in the booklet, as well as individual donations made to the “Adopt-a-Light” campaign. The 19th Annual White Christmas festival is an event that the community is especially proud of and will surely warm your hearts. For additional information, please call Madeline Arn, Chairperson, at 508-867-4201 or Kathy Collings at 508-867-7165.

CALENDAR – Sunday, December 4, 2011, 12-8:00 p.m. – White Christmas, West Brookfield, MA

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