5th annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend approaches4 Dec 2013 7:31 PM
As temperatures continue to dip across the East Coast and hint at the possibility of snowfall, many individuals' minds are beginning to turn toward the holidays and spending time with their loved ones. And, this weekend, those in and around Connecticut's most affluent town will be given the chance to eat, drink and be merry with their close friends and family members, during the 5th annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend.
On both Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8, the greater Greenwich community will deck its halls and come alive with the seasonal spirit, as a multitude of festive activities and special promotions will be offered. Over the course of the weekend, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, live music performances and professional ice sculpture demonstrations, as well as sample exquisite culinary creations and participate in enriching holiday art workshops.
All ages are welcome to participate in the holiday-themed fun. For the younger attendees, bouncy castles and a horse-petting station will be provided, in addition to the ability to partake in wish-list writing sessions and take pictures with live reindeer and Santa Claus himself. The two days of festivities double as a chance for locals to coordinate their charitable giving, as $5 of each photo package purchased will benefit the organization Kids in Crisis. Additionally, a Giving Tree for Kids in Crisis will be located at McArdle's through Dec. 24.
Festivities to officially kick-off Saturday morning
At 10 a.m. on Dec. 7, the more than 100 participating merchants will open their businesses and welcome the onslaught of holiday shoppers and revelers. Two gourmet food trucks - from the area restaurants The Local Meatball and Pizza Luca - will set up shop near the C. Parker Gallery on East Putnam Avenue. At the same time, five upscale eateries - including Aurora's Gypsy Cafe, Fyrborg, Tandoori, Lobstercraft and Sugar Cupcakes - will open their mobile units to the masses within the food truck village on Greenwich Avenue.
Live holiday music will commence at 11 a.m., as vocalists from the Greenwich Baptist Church sing Christmas Carols out in front of St. Mary Parish. Starting at noon, New York-style horse-drawn carriages will offer complementary rides along Putnam Avenue, from Simon Pearce to Waterworks and Crumbs Bake Shop, while making all local stops as requested. Secondary carriages will transport riders down Greenwich Avenue to Richards and up Mason Street.
Also at noon, a professional ice carver from Apple Ice in New York City will begin chipping away at a frozen block of water, slowly transforming it into an artful seasonal sculpture. A similar demonstration will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, when another intricate work of art is created from ice by a different sculptor from the same company.
Unique events to continue through Sunday afternoon
Many of the activities offered on Saturday will again be available to attendees the following day, as the weekend event draws to a close. Refreshments will be handed out from numerous locations, more live music will spread holiday cheer and individuals will have the opportunity to charter the Island Belle paddle boat at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor.
Closing out the weekend's celebrations will be a Candlelight Open House at Putnam Cottage from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 8. Sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the occasion is meant to educate attendees about the area's rich history and cultural significance. The event will afford all the chance to experience colonial music, complete special crafts and fill up on holiday snacks. Costumed docents and Revolutionary soldiers will add to the evening's ambiance, and facilitate tours of the cottage.
With all the featured activities and planned performances, this event promises to be a memorable one, and should draw a significant number of Greenwich's esteemed residents.