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Countdown To Christmas Begins Next Week

Posted in: Bourne News, Front Page Stories
Nov 28, 2008 - 12:28:22 PM

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BOURNE- Bourne residents will be kicking off the Christmas season next week, providing people with a number of activities to put them into the holiday spirit.

Buzzards Bay Welcomes Santa
Santa’s coming to Buzzards Bay on Thursday as part of “An Evening of Fun at Buzzards Bay Park,” sponsored by the Bourne Recreation Department and the Buzzards Bay Beautification Group with the assistance of the Bourne Department of Public Works.
The fun kicks off at 6 PM with D.J. Brett “Ooch” Outchkunis, a sing-along, hot cider, and a marshmallow roast.
At 6:30 PM, a switch will be flipped and the park lights will be lit. Health Agent Cynthia A. Coffin will read “The Polar Express,” and then Santa will arrive.
All of downtown’s lights are expected to be on by 7 PM, as the beautification group announces the winners of its Window Decorating Contest.
The group is hoping to encourage everyone in Bourne to stroll Main Street and patronize local businesses.

Christmas In Old Bourne Village
Story time at the Jonathan Bourne Public Library starts out this year’s Christmas in Old Bourne Village, which runs from next Friday, December 5, through Sunday, December 7.
At 5 and 6:15 PM next Friday, December 5, professional storyteller Diane Edgecomb will present “Once Upon a Wintertime,” followed by the lighting of the tree in front of the library at 6 PM, when the Bourne High School Band will provide music.
From 6 to 8 PM, visitors to the Jonathan Bourne Historical Center on Keene Street will be served chowder courtesy of the Bourne Historical Society as they visit the center’s exhibits. Punch and crackers and cheese will be provided by the Bourne Archives.
Cider and treats will be served at the decorated Briggs-McDermott House /Alan Green Carriage Shed complex on Sandwich Road. A blacksmithing demonstration will be ongoing during those hours.
At 7 PM, there will be caroling at the historical center by the Bourne United Methodist Choir.
On Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, both the Keene Street historical center and the Briggs-McDermott House will be open from 1 to 3 PM. At 4 PM, a concert by Saints and Singers will begin at Bourne United Methodist Church, also on Sandwich Road.

Christmas in Cataumet
Cataumet’s celebration also runs next Saturday and Sunday. The Cataumet Schoolhouse, 1200 County Road, will be open from 9 AM to 3 PM both days, when the schoolhouse  preservation group will offer a holiday sale.
On Sunday, that group has organized a tour of six decorated homes, seven open art studios, one holiday gallery show with 50 artists, and the holiday craft fair. The tour will be available from 10 AM to 3 PM and costs $20 in advance and $25 at the door of either the schoolhouse or the Cataumet Arts Center.
Tour-goers will be offered refreshments at the Cataumet Depot, where a collection of 300 Santas will be displayed.
For more information, contact Nancy Eldridge at 508-563-5786 or Kim Totunno at 508-563-1997, or go online to

Bourne Skating Club
The Gallo Ice Arena on Sandwich Road in Bourne will host the Bourne Skating Club’s Christmas Show, “Christmas on Parade.” The program will begin at 7 PM on both Friday, December 5, and Saturday, December 6, as costumed members of the club’s synchronized skating team, Theatre on Ice group, and others demonstrate their skills at the annual show. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children from 3 to 12 years old. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Jonathan Bourne Public Library
The Bourne public library has organized a Breakfast with Santa at the Canal Club, 100 Trowbridge Road, at 8:30 PM on Saturday, December 6. For information and reservations, contact children’s librarian Terry Colon at 508-759-0644, extension 106.
On Thursday, December 18, from 6 to 8 PM, children are invited to “Create Your Own Rudolph (the Red-nosed Reindeer)” in the library’s Children’s Room. Drop-in crafts for children will be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 AM on three Wednesdays, December 3, 10, and 17.