East Hartford - posted Nov, 30 2012
The East Hartford Holiday Fest’12 will take place Dec. 7 through 10 and will be presented by the East Hartford Beautification Commission and supported by many local civic, community and town organizations. The Fest is celebrating its 20th year. Traditionally, the tree lighting on the Town Green kicks off Holiday Fest. A drawing will be held at the tree lighting for an East Hartford child between the ages of 5 to 8 to light the town tree. Santa will be there as well as his friends from the North Pole. The M.C. will be Mike Alan, air traffic reporter for WTIC AM. This year there are 33 events during the four days and they are held through out town. With the downturn in the economy, rising fuel prices, as well as town food banks depleted due to the recent storms, the Holiday Fest Committee is asking the public to help out their neighbors in need and donate to the East Hartford Emergency Fuel Bank by buying a Holiday Fest button for $2. The events cater to all ages, young and old. Most of the events are free to the public. The only request is that everyone brings a non-perishable food item to each event. All food items will be donated to the East Hartford Food Bank. As well as the proceeds from the Holiday Fest buttons will be donated to the East Hartford Emergency Fuel Bank. The Tree Lighting at the Town Green will kick off the Fest. After the Tree Lighting there will be a Holiday Concert performed by “Voices, LLC” at First Church and a Family Swim at EHHS. Saturday will feature many events for children and adults such as a book sale, poinsettia sale and craft making at the Raymond Library as well as a “Hot Shot Candy Cane Classic” at the Community Center. There will be an Organ Recital at St. John’s. Also, a pancake breakfast, a spaghetti supper, Carol Sing and a live nativity at the First Congregational Church. The EHSYF will do Karaoke and Pizza at the EHCCC in the afternoon and also “BUFFA” will perform a holiday musical event. There will be a Christmas Fair and Unique Gifts at the South End Senior Center. There will be a Holiday Fair at the All Saint’s Church, as well as a Cookie Walk at South Congregational Church. 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 will be a Christmas Fair at the South End Senior Center, a Holiday Brunch at the Marco Polo, a visit from Santa at the EH Community Center with a Snowman Building Contest and horse drawn wagon ride outside the Center and a craft program at the library. The seniors will enjoy an afternoon of Bingo at the Moose Family Center. The Merrimack Valley Bell Ringers, a community hand bell ensemble, will perform at Faith Lutheran Church Sunday afternoon. Monday’s events will feature the East Hartford Woman’s Club Tree of Lights and stories and crafts with Mrs. Claus at the library and a Musical Festival at Riverside Health Center featuring the Pratt United Chorus and other local talents. Brochures will be available at locations around town.