East Hartford Holiday Fest'10 will be from Friday, December 3 through Monday, December 6 .
Holiday Fest'10 is presented by the East Hartford Beautification Commission and supported by many local civic, community and town organizations. The Fest is celebrating its 18th year.
In keeping with tradition, a community Tree Lighting carol sing and Santa arrival on the Town Green kicks off Holiday Fest. A drawing will be held just before this event at the Town Green to select the East Hartford child, between the ages of 5 to 8, who gets the honor of throwing the switch to light the town tree and Town Green. Santa will be on hand accompanied by his friends from the North Pole.
Master of ceremonies will be radio personality Mike Alan, the air traffic reporter for WTIC AM.
This year's Holiday Fest features close to three dozen different events for all ages during the four day festival. Held throughout town, the events provide an opportunity to collect donations of non-perishable food for the Food Panties operated by the East Hartford Interfaith Ministries. The purchase of the official, collectable Holiday Fest 2010 Button for only $2 goes to support the East Hartford Emergency Fuel Bank.
Admission to most events is free with the only request by the Holiday Fest Committee that everyone bring a non-perishable food item.
The Tree Lighting at the Town Green will kick off the Fest. Saturday will feature many events for children and adults such as a book signing, book sale, poinsettia sale and craft making at the Raymond Library as well as a Holiday Movie and gift making at the Community Center.
There will be an organ recital at St. John's. Also, a pancake breakfast, a Holiday Concert performed by Paul Bissacia, a spaghetti supper and a live nativity along with a Candlelight Carol Sing at the First Congregational Church.
Performers from the cast of the East Hartford Summer Youth Festival will organize a karaoke and pizza party at the EHCCC in the afternoon. A Christmas Fair with craft items and gifts is also planned at EHCCC.
There will be a Holiday Fair at All Saint's Church, 444 Hills Street, and a Cookie Walk at South Congregational Church at Forbes and Maple streets.
Parents can drop their children off at the YMCA so the parents can shop.
The evening will conclude with a Dance Festival featuring area dancers at the East Hartford Community Center.
Sunday's events include a Holiday Brunch at the Marco Polo, a visit from Santa at the EH Community Center and a Snowman Building Contest (weather-dependant) and horse drawn wagon ride outside the EHCCC. At the Raymond Library kids might enjoy taking part in the craft program or listening to a book reading and discussion.
Seniors are welcome to attend a Holiday Bingo Sunday afternoon at the Moose Family Center. The Merrimack Valley Bell Ringers, a community hand bell ensemble, will perform at the beautiful stained glass Faith Lutheran Church on Silver Lane, also Sunday afternoon.
Holidat Fest spills over into Monday as well with the lighting of the East Hartford Woman's Club Tree of Lights at the Raymond Library and stories and crafts with Mrs. Claus inside. Across from Town Hall nearby on Main Street visitors can hear the outstanding voices of the Pratt United Chorus who will present a special Holiday Music concert in the cafeteria of Riverside Health Care Center.
Please come and join us for one, or all of the many events of Holiday Fest. It is planned as a celebration to kick-off the holiday season in East Hartford.
Your non-perishable food item, or items, will be collected by volunteers for our neighbors who are in genuine need. The purchase of a Holiday Fest button, or donation, will help the town Social Services Department keep a family warm this winter.
Please spread your Holiday joy and the spirit of giving during this season of sharing and love. Brochures listing the events will be available at locations around town.
Note: Events listed as EHCCC, will be held at the East Hartford Community Cultural Center at 50 Chapman Place, East Hartford, CT 06108 and Events listed as Library, will be held at the Raymond Library 840 Main Street.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3
6:30 P.M. TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY AND SING-A-LONG on the Town Green. sponsored by the Beautification Commission and Parks & Recreation Department. The EH High & Middle School Chorus will be on hand. Featuring the traditional visits from Frosty, Rudolph and, of course, Santa Claus. Guest emcee will be Mike Alan, Air Traffic Reporter from WTIC AM.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4
8 - 10:30 A.M. PANCAKE BREAKFAST & VISIT WITH SANTA. Cost is $4.50 at door, $4.00 for advanced reservations and $3.00 for a picture with Santa. Held at First Congregational Church, 837 Main St. Proceeds to benefit East Hartford families at Christmas. For reservations call: 860-282-0443
9 A.M. - 2 P.M. COOKIE WALK. Dozens of different varieties of holiday cookies to choose from. $6.00 per pound. Held at South Congregational Church, 1301 Forbes Street.
9 A.M. - 2 P.M. CHRISTMAS FAIR. "Fantastic Waffles", crafts, baked goods and gift baskets. Held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 444 Hills Street.
9 A.M. - 5 P.M. HOLIDAY BOOK SALE. Adult and children's books, CD's, videos, records and puzzles. Sponsored and held at the Library.
9:30 A.M. A FREE HOLIDAY MOVIE. for all at the EHCCC. Free popcorn and drink. Admission is a canned good. Doors open at 9 am. Sponsored by Beautification Commission and Parks and Rec.
10 A.M. - 2 P.M. POINSETTIA SALE. Sponsored by EH Lions Club held at the Library.
10 A.M. - 2 P.M. BAKED GOODS AND HOT DOGS FOR SALE. Baked goods and hot dogs will be available for purchase. Sponsored by Friends of EH Public Library and held at the Library.
10 A.M.- 3 P.M. CHRISTMAS FAIR WITH UNIQUE GIFTS. Antiques, Crafts, Jewelry, History and Genealogy items and more. At EHCCC. Sponsored by Friends of Center Cemetery, Inc.
10 A.M.- 3 P.M. DROP IN CHILDREN'S CRAFT PROGRAM. Children of all ages are welcome to make a holiday craft. Sponsored and held at the Library.
10 A.M. - 4 P.M. MEET THE AUTHOR. Pamela Glasner will be signing and selling copies of her best-seller "Finding Emmaus". Held at Raymond Library.
11 A.M.- 1 P.M. HOLIDAY CRAFTS. (AGES 3 & UP) Make gifts for mom and dad. Sponsored by the East Hartford Girl Scouts. Located in the gymnasium at the EHCCC.
11:30 A.M.- 12:30 P.M. ONE WORLD. (AGES 4 & UP) A fun, interactive multicultural music program, presented by Chris Merwin. Located at Raymond Library.
Noon HOLIDAY KARAOKE AND PIZZA. Everyone's a star - Including YOU! Pick your favorite holiday song as they appear on the screen and sing-a-long. Sure to be fun for all. Held at the EHCCC. Sponsored by EH Summer Youth Festival.
1 P.M. ORGAN CONCERT. St. John's organist and soloist will be performing a recital at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1160 Main St.
1 - 5 P.M. LIVE NATIVITY will be in the church courtyard. This event features live animals with church members dressed in costume standing in
tableau representing the Holy Family and their visitors. Held at First Congregational Church, 837 Main St.
2 - 4 P.M. "CLASSIC CHRISTMAS - JAZZ CHRISTMAS". A piano concert presented by East Hartford's Paul Bissacia, celebrated world renown pianist. Held at First Congregational Church, 837 Main Street, sponsored by East Hartford Fine Arts Commission.
4:30 - 6:30 P.M. SPAGHETTI SUPPER. - Continuous serving. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 1. $7.00 per person, $5.00 pp for families of three or more. Children under 5 free. No reservations needed. Everyone welcome and held at First Congregational Church, 837 Main Street.
4:30 P.M. CANDLELIGHT CAROL SING. The community is invited to gather around the Live Nativity in the courtyard for a candlelight carol sing. Held at First Congregational Church, 837 Main St.
5 - 8 P.M. "PARENTS NIGHT OUT". Open to children 6 to 16 with holiday activities and snacks while parents go out shopping. Free for YMCA Members, $5.00 for Non-Members. Held at YMCA, 770 Main Street.
7 P.M. HOLIDAY DANCE FESTIVAL. A dance show featuring children and adult dancers. Sponsored by East Hartford Rotary Club and Circle of Life-Arts for All, Inc. at the EHCCC. Refreshments will be served.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5
NOON - 2 P.M. HOLIDAY BRUNCH. Price $25.00 per person. Advance Purchase Only. Call for reservations: 860-528-3271 by November 29th. Sponsored by the East Hartford Democratic Women's Club held at Marco Polo, 1250 Burnside Ave.
NOON - 3 P.M. SANTA'S VISIT, with his friends, outdoor petting zoo, arts and crafts, live
Christmas Tree drawing and refreshments held at the EHCCC Sponsored by the Parks & Rec. Dept. and the Exchange Club of East Hartford.
NOON - 3 P.M. HORSE DRAWN WAGON. Enjoy a ride after visiting Santa at the Center. Held at the Town Green and sponsored by Beautification Commission and Parks & Recreation Department.
NOON- 4 P.M. DORIS OTERO'S SENIOR BINGO & LUNCHEON. Sponsored by and held at the Moose Family Center, 404 Prospect Street. Reservations required, tickets through Senior Housing only.
1 - 4 P.M. HOLIDAY BOOK SALE. Adult and children's books, CD's, videos, records and puzzles. Sponsored and held at the Library.
1 - 3 P.M. SNOWMAN BUILDING CONTEST. Held at EHCCC. We will have nature's snow or our own. Free hot chocolate and prizes! Sponsored by North End Residents & Merchants Assoc. WEATHER PERMITTING - If it is not cold enough to maintain the snow we will cancel this event.
1:30 - 3:30 P.M. DROP IN CHILDREN'S CRAFT PROGRAM. Children of all ages are welcome to make a holiday craft. Sponsored and held at the Library.
2 - 3:30 P.M. BOOK DISCUSSION. Join us for a book discussion on "Finnegans Wake", hosted by James Joyce scholar John O'Connor. Held at Raymond Library.
4:30 P.M. FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH. Come join us to hear the Merrimack Valley Ringers, a community hand bell ensemble. Christmas treats from around the world will be served after the program. Held at Faith Lutheran Church, 1120 Silver Lane.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6
6:00 P.M. LIGHTING OF THE TREE OF LIGHTS at the Raymond Library sponsored by the East Hartford Woman's Club to benefit E.H. Human Needs Fund. Purchase a light in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one - $5.00. Contact: 860-568-7305.
6:30 - 7:30 P.M. "Stories AND CRAFTS with Mrs. Claus" followed by cookies and Hot Chocolate held at and sponsored by Raymond Library staff.
7:00 P.M. MUSICAL FEST. A musical celebration by United Pratt Chorus and members of the East Hartford community and local churches. Sponsored and held at Riverside Health Care Center, 745 Main St.
All proceeds will be donated to the
FUEL AND FOOD BANKS
EAST HARTFORD HOLIDAY FEST 2010 is SUPPORTED BY the following local organizations:
East Hartford Beautification Commission
All Saint's Episcopal Church Boy Scouts - TROOP 1
"Button Ladies" Circle of Life, Arts for All
Custom Printing Dirosa Cleaners
E.H. Community TV E.H. Democratic Women's Club
E.H. Fine Arts Commission E.H. Fire Department
E.H. Lion's Club E.H. Parks &. Recreation Dept.
E.H. Patriotic Commission E.H. Police Dept.
E.H. Public Library E.H. Public Schools
E.H. Public Works Dept E.H. Rotary Club
E.H. Summer Youth Festival E.H. Women's Club
Exchange Club of East Hartford Faith Lutheran Church
First Congregational Church Friends of Center Cemetery
Girl Scouts of East Hartford Moose Family Center
Mike Alan of WTIC AM NORMA
Riverside Health Care Center Santa Claus
Saint John's Episcopal Church South Congregational Church
The Gazette The Pita Group
YMCA of East Hartford