Cam­bridge host­ing hol­i­day Sec­ond Satur­day

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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.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

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