Down­town Cam­bridge hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties ready to be­gin Fri­day

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — The hol­i­day sea­son in down­town Cam­bridge will be full of ac­tiv­i­ties and events, lots of hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions and a few new pro­mo­tions to en­cour­age shop­ping small this year.

Black Fri­day, Nov. 25, will kick of f the Cam­bridge Main Street Down­town Shop­ping Spree pro­mo­tion. For ev­ery $20 spent at par­tic­i­pat­ing re­tail­ers and restau­rants, cus­tomers will be en­tered into a draw­ing to win a Down­town Cam­bridge Shop­ping Spree. The pro­mo­tion ends on Sec­ond Satur­day, Dec. 10,

when a win­ner will be cho­sen.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses in­clude Sun­ny­side Shop, But­ter­fly Bou­tique, Heart of Dorch­ester An­tiques, Thomas’s Fine Jew­elry, The Wine Bar, The High Spot, Stoked, Black­wa­ter Bak­ery, Rock Lob­stah, Knit Nook, Can­vas­back, Main Street Gallery, Craig’s Gift Shop, Liv Again / The Art Bar, RAR Brew­ing, Sim­mon’s Cen­ter Mar­ket, Down­town Frame of Mine, Jim­mie & Sook’s, Fur­ni­ture Flip­ping Fe­males (FFF) and more.

Also on Black Fri­day, ev­ery­one is in­vited to help dec­o­rate down­town. Help is needed to dec­o­rate the bushel bas­ket tree, shop win­dows, and lamp posts. To sign up email of­fice@cam­bridge­main­street.com or check out www.cam­bridge­main­street.com/vol­un­teers.

“Dec­o­rat­ing va­cant win­dows down­town shows us what is spe­cial about our com­mu­nity, what great tal­ent we have right here among us,” said Cam­bridge Main Street Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Katie Clendaniel. “It also re­minds us of what we are work­ing to­wards with lit win­dows dec­o­rated for the hol­i­days in­stead of dark spa­ces.”

Small Busi­ness Satur­day, Nov. 26, is a na­tion­wide cam­paign to shop the small busi­nesses in our com­mu­nity, and down­town Cam­bridge is a great place to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion and sup­port the lo­cal econ­omy, Clendaniel said.

The Down­town Shop­ping Spree pro­mo­tion will be on­go­ing and ev­ery $20 spent earns an­other chance at the prize.

“Shop­ping small on Satur­day, Nov. 26, is a way to re­mem­ber our lo­cal small busi­nesses dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son,” Clendaniel said. “The hol­i­day sea­son is when many of them count on mak­ing up for the ups and downs of the year, and our sup­port makes a big dif­fer­ence to them stick­ing around.

“They are also the busi­nesses that in­vest in be­ing a part of our down­town, in­vest in our com­mu­ni­ties, and are of­ten our friends and neigh­bors,” she said. “Small Busi­ness Satur­day is a great way to give back and show them that we like hav­ing them around.”

Satur­day even­ing will be the Cam­bridge Christ­mas Tree light­ing at the Dorch­ester County Cir­cuit Court­house on High Street. There will be mu­si­cal per­for­mances, hot ap­ple cider, and a visit from Santa Claus.

The fol­low­ing week­end is the Cam­bridge Christ­mas Pa­rade and Bushel Bas­ket Tree Light­ing, Satur­day, Dec. 3. At 4:30, the tree will be lit in Craig’s Drug­store park­ing lot, at the cor­ner of Gay and Race streets, and the pa­rade will be­gin shortly af­ter.

Wed­nes­day, Dec. 7, and Fri­day, Dec. 9, will be Doe & Stag Night down­town. On Wed­nes­day, ladies will sam­ple wines as they ven­ture from shop to shop, en­ter­ing their fa­vorite items into a store gift registry. On Fri­day, the gen­tle­men will be able to take ad­van­tage of the registry as they shop for their ladies. Par­tic­i­pat­ing shops, gal­leries, and restau­rants open late both nights.

Sec­ond Satur­day, Dec. 10, will fea­ture trunk shows, bushel bas­ket dis­plays, car­riage rides, and the grand prize draw­ings for the Down­town Shop­ping Spree. Ex­pect live mu­sic, a Hol­i­day Song Karaoke Com­pe­ti­tion fi­nals, and more sur­prises. Shops, gal­leries, and restau­rants open un­til late.

Satur­day, Dec. 17, will be Dad’s Day, a chance for him to take the fam­ily out to shop for mom, aunts, grand­moth­ers, and more.

A new pro­mo­tion through­out the sea­son this year is Gift Wrap­ping for Cause, spon­sored by the Whit­ten Group. Cam­bridge Main Street has part­nered with lo­cal non-prof­its like the Dorch­ester YMCA, Bay­wa­ter An­i­mal Res­cue, and the Light­house Foun­da­tion to pro­vide gift wrap­ping in ex­change for do­na­tions to the re­spec­tive good cause.

The Light­house Foun­da­tion will pro­vide gift wrap­ping from 12 to 5 p.m. on Satur­day, Nov. 26. Bay­wa­ter An­i­mal Res­cue will pro­vide gift wrap­ping from 12 to 5 p.m. on Satur­day, Dec. 3. The Dorch­ester YMCA will pro­vide gift wrap­ping from 12 p.m. un­til late on Satur­day, Dec. 10. Cam­bridge Main Street also hopes to line up a group to wrap for Dad’s Day, Satur­day, Dec. 17.

Check out Cam­bridge Main Street’s web­site, www. cam­bridge­main­street.com, for more de­tails and up­dates, espe­cially about the Hol­i­day Karaoke Com­pe­ti­tion.

PHOTO BY KATIE CLENDANIEL

Cam­bridge Main Street kicks off the Down­town Shop­ping Spree pro­mo­tion Fri­day, Nov. 25, as cus­tomers can be en­tered in a draw­ing to win a Down­town Cam­bridge Shop­ping Spree.

The Cam­bridge Christ­mas Tree Com­mit­tee got to­gether Satur­day, Nov. 12, and chose a 25-foot tree to adorn the band­stand at the Dorch­ester County Cir­cuit Court­house for the sea­son. The light­ing cer­e­mony will be held at 5 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 26.

PHOTO BY KATIE CLENDANIEL

Shop Small ban­ners and signs fill down­town Cam­bridge store­fronts as lo­cal busi­ness own­ers pre­pare for Small Busi­ness Satur­day on Nov. 26.

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