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Pawtuxet Village becomes holiday destination

Pawtuxet Village will be hosting a flurry of 2011 holiday events including shopping excursions, carriage rides, a visit with Santa, a book and food drive, an art sale, festive caroling, a traditional tree lighting in the park, as well as a menorah lighting.

The merry fun is set to begin on Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m. with a Holiday Sale, as Village artisans will display their handmade gifts until 6 p.m.

Horse-drawn carriage rides through the Village will also be available from noon to 3 p.m. and will start every half hour from the parking lot behind The Cork & Brew at 2200 Broad Street in Cranston. Visitors can ride with Santa from noon to 1 p.m. or with the Colonial Carolers from Wyman Elementary School from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Music by the Strolling Carolers from the Artists Exchange performers of “A Christmas Carol” will also be featured.

Further, the “TweetHop” at the Village Holiday Stroll will jingle from noon to 4 p.m. with special sales, refreshments, gift basket drawings, book signings, and a food tasting. The event, which is coordinated by Friends of Pawtuxet Village in conjunction with Village businesses and financial support from Warwick and Cranston, invites visitors to the Village to shop locally and will include over 15 Village merchants and artists.

To sign up, visit the back of Cork & Brew from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The price of admission is a canned good. For each canned good, shoppers will earn an extra raffle ticket.

Each person will receive a business-listing card, which will be stamped at every location. To be eligible for door prizes, participants must stop at least five locations. For a chance to win a Grand Prize Raffle at the end of the evening, visit all participating businesses. Shoppers will meet at 3 p.m. O’Rourke’s at 23 Peck Lane in Warwick and turn in their stamped business cards. Winners will be announced at that time.

The holiday cheer continues on Dec. 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a book drive and food Collection at the Aspray Boat House at 2 East View Street in Warwick to benefit Rhode Island charities that work with children and families in need.

From 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., visitors of the Pawtuxet Rangers Armory Open House at 59 Remington Street in Warwick will be able to cut a sprig of holly and toss it in the Yule Log to make a wish for the New Year.

In addition, an ecumenical service at Trinity Church at 139 Ocean Avenue in Cranston will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. with music performed by St. Peter’s Youth Choir and the Pawtuxet Rangers Fife & Drum Corps. If you’d rather take part in caroling, visit Pawtuxet Park off Narragansett Parkway in Warwick from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

At 5:15 p.m., a holiday procession through the Village will commence at the corner of Ocean Avenue and Broad Street in Cranston, followed by caroling and the lighting of the Christmas tree by a surprise guest in the park at 5: 30 p.m. The evening will end at the Pawtuxet Rangers Armory with refreshments and cookies until 6:00 pm. In the event of inclement weather, the reception will be at Trinity Church at 139 Ocean Avenue in Cranston.

On Dec. 21, there will be a gathering at 6:30 p.m. at the gazebo in Pawtuxet Park for the lighting of the Menorah, which will take place at 7:00 p.m. Gelt and dreidels will be enjoyed after the ceremony as hot latkes are served. Rabbi Yossi Laufer of Chabad of West Bay will lead the assembly with Hanukkah songs.


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