By Jackie Kelly
Elm Staff Writer
Thanksgiving break is right around the corner, but C-town doesn’t shut down just because we go home for the week. For those of you who aren’t able to go home for break, don’t worry. There are plenty of exciting things in C-town that will help you get in the holiday spirit.
The festivities start Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8:30 a.m. There is a Christmas Bazaar and Auction at the Emmanuel Episcopal in downtown C-town located on Cross Street, across the street from Fountain Park (located across from Dunkin Donuts). The bazaar runs until 2 p.m. and admission is free. This is another good place to check out to pick up some gifts for friends and family. There will be gifts specifically crafted for the holidays, including Christmas ornaments, jewelry, baked goods, and other handcrafted goods available for sale. Even if you’re not in the mood to buy gifts yet, this is a great place to grab something homemade to enjoy while you browse and get ideas for gifts. You can even enjoy the festivities into the night for an extra $15, which includes wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres and a book signing.
Feeling in the artsy mood? Wednesday, Nov. 23, there is an open mic night at the newly redone Garfield Center for the Arts at Prince Theatre. The theatre is located right on High Street next to the Imperial Hotel. Whether you feel like singing, reading poetry, or just listening to the talented population of C-town it is completely free, except for the cash bar, and is a fun way to spend your night. If you are interested in performing e-mail Ford Schumann at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or just get more information. There is also another event that will be held at the Prince later in the week. On Saturday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. there will be a showing of the play “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
On Friday, Nov. 25 the 29th Annual Festival of Trees begins at the Kent Center on Scheeler Road. The festival runs Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The center will be set up with decorated trees. You can walk around and see all of the beautifully ornamented trees and you can even vote for which tree you like the best.
Not ready to grow up? This will catch your attention: Santa Claus is coming to town! He will be arriving at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 in Fountain Park. Get there early to hear the Kent County Marching Band begin the celebrations and see the tree lighting. The magic continues at 10 a.m. the next morning with The Downtown Chestertown Christmas Parade, which includes music, floats, antique cars, elves, and Santa.
Not in the holiday mood? Skip the holiday festivities, but be sure to keep Dec. 2 open for First Friday, when all of the businesses in C-town stay open later than usual. The shops bring things out onto the sidewalks, play music, and sometimes offer wine tasting. It is the perfect time to walk around and get to know the town!
Happy Turkey Day!