Festival of Lights ushers in holidays

November 29, 2017 - photo frame

YORK Its a many smashing time of a year. The workers from Lee Tree can be seen via a encampment these days, stringing lights in a trees. Shop windows are gussied adult for a season. The library is filled with pleasing wreaths that will shortly accoutre someones home. Village Elementary School relatives are bustling as elves scheming to offer holiday hearten during their qualification fair.

And of march a vast male in red himself is removing prepared to make some special appearances usually in a tiny city of York.

It is time for a Festival of Lights, a annual holiday jubilee for a whole family. This Saturday, Dec. 2, a encampment will be abuzz with dozens of activities for children and adults alike, culminating in a Festival of Lights Parade that evening.

Its usually good out-of-date fun, pronounced Robin Cogger, partner executive of York Parks and Recreation, that sponsors a event. Its a good approach to flog off a season.

As a years have left by, many of a events have turn sacred tools of a Festival of Lights, while any once in a while new activities are added. For instance, Parks and Recreation this year is charity a print counter on a Village Green for a initial time. Families are invited to come into a vast tent that will be set adult starting during 2 p.m. Inside, a vast design support will be set up, prepared to prominence a holiday portrait.

Offered by Parks and Recreation, a print counter is a approach to pull families into a encampment during a afternoon hours. Pop in and take your kids picture! pronounced Cogger.

While youre in a village, everybody can take partial in a Festival of Lights Scavenger Hunt. Roam a downtown area and ramble into encampment businesses. There, we will be asked to answer a doubt specific to any business and afterwards accept a sticker. Once we have finished during slightest eight, lapse your finished piece to The Parsons Center anytime from 12-5 p.m.

You can get a conduct start by holding partial in a hunt any time this week. Participating businesses are Ricks Restaurant, York Flower Shop, Daisy Janes, Better Homes and Gardens-The Masiello Group, York Public Library, UpSurf.net, River Current Art Gallery, a Bagel Basket and York House of Pizza. The leader will accept a $200 VISA present certificate.

And a Festival of Lights knowledge would be deficient though a revisit to a Festival of Lights Craft Fair during Village Elementary School. The VES gym is remade into a winter wonderland, with dozens of excellent crafters environment adult their things (be on a surveillance for a possess city clerk, Mary-Anne Szeniawski, who offers her possess handmade mittens!).

The fair, that runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., offers 32 internal vendors, kids vendors, a encampment bake sale, nonprofit vendors, a raffle and a Lil Shoppers area, where kindly used equipment donated from a encampment are accessible for kids to squeeze for $1. We use high schoolers to assistance a kids out, and relatives and teachers hang a presents, pronounced organizer Linnea Clary.

This is unequivocally an overwhelming encampment eventuality that has grown a lot in a past several years, and all a income lifted goes to VES, Clary said. And with this years bill freeze, this is unequivocally important.

Santa creates several appearances over a march of a day and night, commencement with a breakfast during Lobster Cove Restaurant. Hell also be in a parade, of course, and accessible to speak with children following during a Parsons Center.

Just before a march kicks off during 4:30 p.m., a trees in a encampment all light adult during once, a stimulating white lights environment a heat not usually for Saturday night though for any night during a holiday season.

Cogger pronounced there are many unsung heroes of a Festival of Lights who give unselfishly of their time and supports to make certain a encampment has a smashing time. But she quite singled out those who present a lights for a trees, that are strung anew any year.

Mike Lee spends vast hours stringing a lights, though he couldnt do it though a assistance of a businesses and people who have contributed donations to a lights. Id like to showcase these folks.

They are: a Bagel Basket, Bonnie and Richard Hennessy, Ellis Insurance Agency, Fat Tomato Grill, Lee Tree, Museums of Old York, Ocean Fire Pottery, River Current Gallery, Shoreline Construction, Town of York, Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce, York Hospital, York House of Pizza, York Public Library Association. The luminaries are donated by a York Art Association.

So put on your hats and mittens, gold adult a kids, and set out for a encampment this Saturday. People will have a unequivocally fun time, pronounced Cogger.


Nov. 30-Dec. 3

*Festival of Art Student Showcase: with design from children K-12, York Art Association, Thursday-Sunday

*George Marshall Store Gallery: dual exhibits on display, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m., Sunday

*Scavenger hunt: revisit 9 internal businesses, get your piece stamped, and contention it to a Parsons Center by 5 p.m. on Saturday. Any time in a days heading adult to a parade.

*Holiday spray uncover and wordless auction: York Public Library hosts a show. Locally made, hand-crafted wreaths done by artists, interior designers, crafters, horticulturists and businesses have been on arrangement given Nov. 15. Bidding for a wordless auction is holding place during a library, and ends on Dec. 2 during 2 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2

*Breakfast with Santa: 8-10 a.m., Lobster Cove Restaurant

*24 hours out in a cold: 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday, in front of Town Hall. Raising recognition of a York Community Service Association fuel assistance program. Donations and food donations accepted. Hat, mitten, glove and sock drive, same place and time, sponsored by a Boy Scouts.

*Toys for Tots fill a glow truck: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Hannafords, sponsored by York Beach and York Village glow departments. Drop off a new fondle in support of a Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

*Wreaths and greens sale: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., First Parish Church

*Festival of Lights Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Village Elementary School, with childrens selling area and present wrapping.

*Pictures with Santa: 11 a.m.-12 p.m., York Public Library

*Ornament painting: 1-2:30 p.m., York Middle School cafeteria, offering by Firefly Pottery. Special rate of $3 per attire for children.

*A Christmas Tea: noon to 4 p.m., Jefferds Tavern. Old-fashioned tea with deserts; $10, adults, $5, children, giveaway adult to 4 years old.

*Photo booth: 2 p.m.-end of parade, a Village Green. Families and people invited to move a camera or intelligent phone and take a print inside a vast design support set adult inside a tent.

*Goats and Donuts: 2-4 p.m., a Village Green. Walker Farm will set adult a petting zoo and offer cider and donuts; holding donations to advantage a food pantry.

*Festival of Lights Parade: 4:30 p.m., Axholme Road, down York Street, to Village Elementary School

*Visit with Santa: following a parade, during a Parsons Center

*Holiday music: 5:15-7 p.m., First Parish Church. Various York schools instrumental and choral ensembles will perform.

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