Cambridge hosting holiday Second Saturday
CAMBRIDGE — A special Holiday Edition of Second Saturday, Dec. 10, in downtown Cambridge, hosted by Cambridge Main Street, will be packed with special activities all afternoon and evening.
Throughout the day, shoppers and diners will have one last chance to earn an entry into the Shop, Dine, & Win promotion for every $20 spent at participating retailers. The names of the prize winners will be drawn later that evening.
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 Galler y, 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.
“We have been encouraged to see the support from the community during the holiday season so far, the increase in foot traffic makes a big difference to keeping merchants in our downtown throughout the year,” said Cambridge Main Street Executive Director Katie Clendaniel. “Merchants and shoppers alike seem to really be enjoying the SHOP, DINE & Win promotion. Its fun to support local small businesses, knowing you could also win some really cool prizes in the end.
“This Second Saturday will feature some fun entertainment and a fun festive, yet casual holiday atmosphere,” she said. “It is an effort to help folks slow down, enjoy the holiday season, and help wrap up our holiday promotion with a bit of a bang.”
The Dorchester YMCA will be on hand to wrap gifts, in exchange for a donation, from noon until 9 p.m. at the Dorchester Star office, 519 Poplar Street.
From 1 until 4 p.m. Santa will visit with children at Katie Mae’s Country Shoppe, 516 Poplar Street. WHCP Community Radio will also host a special holiday program in the afternoon, which can be found on station 101.5 FM.
From 4 until 6 p.m., the Dorchester Chorus will sing at Christ Church, 601 Church Street.
Many more events and activities kick off at 5 p.m. when Race and Poplar Streets will be closed to traffic for the evening.
Santa will move down to the storefront at 406 Race Street, carriage rides from Simmons Center Market will commence, and live music and a holiday market will begin.
Holiday Karaoke Competition finals will be held at 7 p.m. at Cannery Way.
At 8 p.m., winners of the Shop, Dine, & Win promotion will be announced.
For the adults, a Santa Crawl begins at 9 p.m. with RAR Brewing, Rock Lobstah, Canvasback, High Spot, and Stoked.
To amp up the holiday spirit throughout the season, Cambridge Main Street, volunteers, and shop owners teamed up to decorate storefronts, occupied and vacant. Second Saturday is an opportunity to see all the decorations.
“Decorating vacant windows downtown shows us what is special about our community, what great talent we have right here among us,” Clendaniel said. “It also reminds us of what we are working towards with lit windows decorated for the holidays instead of dark spaces.”
Comptroller Peter Franchot, center, Santa Claus and local dignitaries visit Thomas’ Fine Jewelry owner Thomas Robinson and his sister Amanda Robinson during Franchot’s Shop Maryland visit to downtown Cambridge Friday, Dec. 2.