Dickens Days 2017 Kicks off Saturday November 25th
Small Business Saturday, November 25 On and Off Elm Street from Amelia Park to Depot Square Westfield downtown businesses and organizations are the stars of this day of shopping and fun, with music, sales, holiday happenings all capped by a spectacular parade and tree-lighting ceremony. Stroll Highlights include: The Stocking Stuffer Stroll Kick-off Saturday, November 25, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, On and Off the Elm Street Corridor Throughout Dickens Days, downtown shops and businesses celebrate Small Business Saturday. Holiday music, delectable treats and sales abound throughout the city center and beyond where a world of great food, shopping and services awaits. Shop Small Saturday giveaways, courtesy of American Express, are at selective shops. The tour programs are a available at the WOW Shoppe and Gallery, 105 Elm Street, where participants can enter the Stocking Stuffer raffle for a chance to win three incredible prizes. There are presents and gift certificates to fill any stocking all over town! Santa’s Lantern Workshop Saturday, November 25, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, South Middle School Cafeteria, West Everyone has a chance to learn how to instantly create colorful lanterns, streamers and more for the Lantern Light Parade at this FREE workshop. This year it overseen by Santa’s elves and jolly old Saint Nick himself, who has journeyed from the North Pole, thanks to Westfield’s fine Rotary Club. Materials will be provided for the many children, groups and families who have made the workshop a tradition and who proudly hold their creations. as they march in the Lantern Light Parade, later in the day. Everyone has a great time at Santa’s Lantern Workshop. Come join the fun and visit Santa at the same time. The Lantern Light Parade Assembly Saturday, November 25: 5:30 pm, Assembly in Family Dollar Parking Lot, Franklin Street Assemble with your lanterns, banners and other creations for the Lantern Light Parade at the parking lot of the Family Dollar store on Franklin Street for 5:30 pm. Dress very warmly in Victorian clothes, or as a character from a Charles Dickens novel, or dress in white as a member of Father Frost’s Snow Court (snow princes and princesses, snow flurries or friends of Jack Frost). Check in at the WOW table, where the WOWsters will place you and your family in the line of march. The Lantern Light Parade Saturday, November 2: 6:15 pm Downtown Westfield to the Green The Lantern Light Parade begins at 6:15pm, stepping off on Franklin Street down Elm Street to Park Square. Let Dickens Days officially begin. The festive line of march, includes Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan, city officials; representatives from community organizations; and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. This year there are four very unique new Giant “Lantern Puppets, provided by the legendary puppeteer Anne Cubberly. Promenade down Franklin Street and Elm Street to Park Square, our town green for the Mayor’s Tree-lighting Ceremony at 6:30 pm The MAYOR’S Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday, November 25: 6:30 pm, Park Square (Pre-ceremony concert by entertainer Noah Lis at 6:00 pm) Directly following the Lantern Light Parade, the Mayor’s Tree Lighting sparkles at Park Square, the town green, which now features a glowing pavilion, perfect for the holiday celebration. Mayor Brian, together with Santa, and community representatives will light the twinkling lights of the city’s 20-foot holiday tree. This year’s special musical entertainment is provided by the incomparable Noah Lis of NBCTV’s “The Voice,” and the New England Dance Center Dance Team. This year’s ceremony marks a true celebration of community. Westfield Technical Academy Arts and Crafts Fair Sunday, November 26, 2017 Westfield Technical Academy, 33 Smith Avenue, 9 am to 3 pm. Free admission The PVO of Westfield Technical Academy once again hosts one of the area’s largest holiday fairs. It’s a great shopping experience to benefit one of the crown jewels of Westfield’s great school system. WINTER GALA: A HOLIDAY CONCERT Friday, December 1, 7:00 pm Room 134, The Catherine Dower Center for the Performing and Fine Arts, Westfield State University Donations accepted to benefit Westfield State music scholarships The Music Department of historic Westfield State presents the gift of music to our community with its annual Winter Gala, featuring a number of its talented vocal and instrumental ensembles. The Westfield State Chamber Chorale & University Chorus, Big Band, Music Theatre Ensemble, as well as other chamber ensembles unite for a wonderful evening, featuring the sounds of the season. It is not to be missed! IMAGES OF WESTFIELD Reception: Friday, December 1, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Exhibition: Saturday, December 2, 10 am – 5 pm The old City Hall, 20 Broad Street Free admission Produced by Artworks Westfield, this second annual exhibit spotlights the stunning photographs of several artists, who share their appreciation for our great city. During Dickens Days, there is no better way to celebrate community than to view Whip City from the perspectives of these talented folks. THE COMMUNITY CAROL FESTIVAL WITH THE FIRST CHURCH SENIOR CHOIR, THE MORIAH CHAMBER CHORUS & NEW ENGLAND BRASS QUARTET Saturday, December 2, 4:00 pm First Congregational Church, Broad Street Donations accepted at the door Westfield’s historic church on the green continues its tradition of exceptional music with its free annual holiday concert. Noted Director Allan Taylor has chosen a beautiful program of music for the First Church Senior Choir as has Director Janet St. Jean for the Moriah Chamber Chorus. The stellar sounds of the New England Brass Quartet round out this program which heralds the season with style and substance. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Saturday, December 2 • Seatings at 8:30 am and 10:30 am Scanlon Banquet Hall, Westfield State University Admission: Children $7 and Adults $9 prior Tickets available only at westfieldstate.ma.edu/tickets Westfield State’s Circle K hosts its annual event, with a full breakfast buffet, face painting, photos with Santa and a gift for every child. DICKENS OF A DAY - Holiday House Tour Sunday, December 3 • 12 noon – 5:00 pm, beginning at 105 Elm Street Admission $20 Tickets available at Mr. Schnitzel’s Holiday Market, 105 Elm Street; the Westfield Athenaeum, 6 Elm Street; Rosewood Home & Gifts, 34 Elm Street; and Pilgrim Candle Marketplace, 36 Union Avenue Back by popular demand, Westfield on Weekends presents the ninth "Dickens of A Day" Holiday House Tour, beginning at Mr. Schnitzel’s Holiday Market, 105 Elm Street in downtown Westfield. Participants will be invited to enjoy holiday decorations, music, costumed characters and special treats as they take part in a self-guided tour of 8 of Westfield's loveliest abodes, all decked out in Dickens Days style. According to the tour committee, this year’s event is the best ever – from Frank Lloyd Wright-style home to a designer-owned country house that shines brightly in every one of its many rooms. A 60-inch screen TV is also going home with one lucky participant! “The Night Before Christmas” – an original holiday musical (Produced by the Westfield Theatre Group) Fridays, December 1 and 8 at 7:30 pm Saturdays, December 2 at 7:30 pm Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Westfield Woman’s Club, 28 Court Street Admission: $18 for adults, $15 for students, military and seniors (60+) Info/Reservations: westfieldtheatregroup.com, at door and 413-572-6838 This original musical by the talented team of Kathleen Palmer and Marion Dunk tells the historical tale of the writing of the classic poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clark Moore. Visions of sugar plums, jolly old Saint Nick and the talented Westfield Theatre Group present another Dickens Days treat. First Thursday Holiday Concert Westfield Senior Center. 45 Noble Avenue Thursday, December 7, 10:00 am Free admission The Westfield Athenaeum presents musician Dan Kennedy for a Dickens Days morning concert that is perfect for the season. The DICKENS DAYS Indoor Farmer’s Market Church of the Atonement, 36 Court Street Saturday, Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Free admission What could be better than an indoor, winter Farmer’s Market! Many of the summer’s most popular vendors return to fill your basket with winter vegetables, jams and jellies, baked goods and more. Additionally, a wide array of crafters will display their wares, accompanied by live acoustic music supported by the Westfield Cultural Council. Enjoy the music of Danny Russell (10:00 am – 12:30pm) and Gary Kotros (12:30 pm – 3:00 pm). The MAYOR’S Menorah Lighting Ceremony Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 pm Park Square, downtown Westfield Street FREE The Mayor honors the wonderful Jewish community of Westfield on the second night of Hanukah. Rabbi Efraim Eisen of Congregation Ahavas Achim and Westfield State’s Albert and Amelia Fest Interfaith Center leads a inspiring ceremony of love, light and laughter. Everyone is welcome. Dreidl! Dreidl! Christmas at the White House Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 pm, Westfield Athenaeum, 6 Elm Street Come with Sneak Peek Productions as Pat Perry walks through the grandeur of the White House at Christmas time. From Presidents past, we look at decorations, trees and ceremony through pictures, words and music. If you want to experience an old-fashioned Christmas, this is the show for you! FREE! The 9th Annual Dickens Dinners Dinner: Friday and Saturday, December 15 and 16 6:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm) Tekoa Country Club 459 Russell Road, Westfield Reservations/Information: online at www.westfieldonweekends.com; at 413-579-5967; and at the WOW store and gallery, 105 Elm Street Tickets: $55 Adults, $25 Children (12 and under) Combine “food, glorious food” with a rollicking, interactive version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” that continues to delight sold-out audiences year after year returns to the Tekoa Country Club. Performed by WOW’s inimitable troupe of able actors between the courses of a traditional holiday feast, it’s a performance that you will not soon forget. A turkey dinner with all the fixings and the most magical ghost story ever written. No Bah Humbugs here except from one Ebenezer Scrooge!
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