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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's back this Sunday, White Christmas in West Brookfield

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012, 11:30 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.

WEST BROOKFIELD, MA…Come to the Celebration on Sunday, December 2, 2012 to help us commemorate our 20th annual White Christmas.  The day will include both the traditional activities and some new and exciting events.

The day’s festivities will begin with a free puppet show featuring the Pumpernickel Puppets starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall, the upper level of our Town Hall.  The presentation will include “The Billy Goats Gruff” and “The Lion and the Mouse”.  The show is appropriate for ages 3 and older.

Beginning at Noon shops, churches, banks, the Elementary School, Library, Senior Center, Fire Department and the Quaboag Historical Museum will host Open Houses designated by white flags.  Free raffles and refreshments will be available.  Craft shows can be found at Ye Olde Tavern and Quaboag Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center featuring many local artisans.

Kids don’t miss out on our “Elf Hunt”.  Search for elves and get your card stamped at 9 of the Open Houses to spell CHRISTMAS and win a prize.  Elf cards can be picked up at the Puppet  Show or at participating Open Houses.

Another new activity will be the “Sugar & Spice” Gingerbread House contest.  Entry forms are available at the Senior Center, Merriam-Gilbert Library, Purple Onion or Post & Boot.  Judging will be in three categories, children 12 and under, adults, and groups.  There will also be a “People’s Choice Award”.  Viewing and voting will be held at the Senior Center from Noon to 3 p.m. Your vote counts!  While you are there you can also have refreshments and hear The Silvertones at 1:00.

In addition the West Brookfield Elementary School will have Elves”R”Us gift sale from Noon to 3:00 p.m. and Boy Scout Troop 118 will be having a bake sale.  The Merriam-Gilbert Library will have their Friend’s Raffle Table and will display a “Mitten Tree” accepting donations of new hats, mittens, scarfs and gloves to benefit a charity.

Food will be available at the Fire Department, try out their homemade chili and chowder from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and check out the fire engines.  Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church will offer a hot repast from 12:30 to 3:00.  The First congregational Church will serve a luncheon beginning at Noon and stay open until 6:00 p.m. should you need to warm up before the Tree Lighting.  The George Whitefield Methodist Church will serve donuts and cider from 1:00 to 4:00 and have a craft corner to browse through.

The traditional free horse drawn wagon rides will run from 2:00 to 5:00 while the Scouts serve up hot chocolate.  You may even run into Frosty and/or Father Christmas as they mingle with the sidewalk crowd.

The final events of the day will include the much anticipated Tree lighting on the Common at 5:45 p.m. accompanied by a sing-a-long led by Rob Adams.  The music will continue with a concert  in the Great Hall to begin at 6:15 presented by the Quaboag Choral Society under the direction of Eric von Bleiken .  Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted to benefit the 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 20th Annual White Christmaas festival is an event that the community is especially proud of and will surely warm your hearts.  For additional information, please call Charlotte Boos, Chairperson, at 508-867-7703 or 508-867-5934.

CALENDAR  - Sunday, December 2, 2012, 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. – White Christmas, West Brookfield, MA

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