Thousands expected for Warren Holiday Festival
Friday, Nov. 23Santa arrives atop a fire truck at the Baker Street Museum. He'll be there from 5 to 7 p.m.. Meanwhile, there will be a children's ornament workshop at rescue headquarters on Miller Street, and tours of the Maxwell House, Federal Blues Militia on Baker Street and the Masonic Temple. Also don't forget to check out Barrington juggler, stilt walker and balloon animal artist Maurice Reid Eighme, who will ramble around downtown Warren, BMX bike trickster Sam Curtis and his Flatland Trick Bike Riding (performing at the foot of Baker Street) and A Different Spin fire performance and circus arts troupe on Narragansett Way. If carols are your thing, the Hugh School Chorus will sing at the Methodist Church on Church Street, and the Mount Hope Vocal Ensemble will perform at 5:30 p.m. at 31 Baker St. Just before 7 p.m., fall in line behind the Mt. Hope High School Marching Band as organizers handle out candles in Massasoit Park and make their way toward town hall in preparation for the tree lighting. There, the Mt. Hope Vocal Ensemble will sing as dignitaries and Santa wait and finally light the town's lights. Afterwards, everyone is invited to the main fire station on Railroad Avenue for refreshments. Also, from 8 to 10 p.m. local musicians Otis Read, Joyce Katzberg, Jimmy Warren and Peter Breen will play for free upstairs at the Wharf Tavern. All are welcome at the concert, the first time it's been held in conjunction with the festival. "I wanted to have it at the Wharf because it's a good place, but also to let people know they're back open" after floods brought on by Hurricane Sandy.
Saturday, Nov. 24There will be holiday festivities too numerous to mention all afternoon Saturday. From a meet and greet with Santa at the old Senior Center from noon to 1:30, to traditional Wampanoag story teller Annawon Weeden at 2 p.m. at the senior center, the day will be full. Other highlights include juggler and stilt walker Maurice Reid Eighme, moonwalks at the central fire station, Touch a Truck at the main fire station, and the ringing of the Methodist and Baptist churches' 19th century brass bells from noon to 2 p.m. Again, there are many more events; see www.eastbayri.com for a full schedule.