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Williamstown Holiday Walk

By Susan Bush
12:00AM / Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Experience the sights and sounds of the season during a Dec. 10-11 "Holiday Walk" in Williamstown.
Williamstown – A once-a-year opportunity to see “reindogs” on Spring Street is set for Dec. 10 at about 3:30 p.m., when an annual “Reindog Parade” kicks off the 2005 Holiday Walk.

The popular, home-grown parade is expected to step off at Chapin Hall. Musicians, a color guard, the Williams College equestrian team, and a “town crier” are among the planned participants. Santa Claus is slated to ride the parade route as a passenger in a town fire truck.

Special events and attractions are planned for Spring and Water street shops and sidewalks. Luminaries will add a warm glow to walkways and a capella songsters are scheduled to deliver sidewalk performances.

Spring Street will close to vehicle traffic at 2 p.m., according to information provided by town police.

The Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Christmas Tree Showcase is being hosted at the First Congregational Church on Main Street from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.. The tree showcase features 20-inch tall trees donated and decorated by local business, community groups, and schools. Trees are raffled and the raffle revenues benefit Habitat for Humanity.

An “Old-Fashioned Penny Social” fundraiser benefiting the Williamstown Community Chest is scheduled at the Lasell Gymnasium at 22 Spring St.. The event is among the most popular “Holiday Walk” traditions. Voting for the best-decorated store window will occur at the Lasell gym as well.

A new toy collection is set to occur at the Richard A. Reuther American Legion Post 152 post home. Those wishing to donate new toys destined for children living in need are asked to stop by the post home with the toy between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m..

The Williamstown Savings Bank will host “Santa’s Workshop” from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Santa Claus is expected to be on the scene and willing to pose for photographs, and “elves” are also expected to be part of the festivities. Copies of “Williamstown: The First 250 Years” will be available for purchase.

Another walk tradition, a chicken-and-biscuit dinner, will be served at the First United Methodist Church, 777 Main St. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m..

The Log on Spring Street will be open to the public from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is expected to offer hot cocoa and cookies. Live entertainment is on the Log’s Holiday walk agenda; Peter Davenport and Tom Plunkett are set to perform from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m..

American Legion Post 152 will host a “Teen Java Jive” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children.

At 8 p.m., the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will host a “Holiday Brasstacular.” Tickets are $15, $12 for members, and may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 413-458-2303.

Special holiday film fare will be offered at Images Cinema. At 10 a.m. Dec. 10, the cinema plans to show the film “Chanukah at Bubbe’s," and at 10:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be shown. Additional information about the films may be acquired by calling the cinema at 413-458-5612.

Dec. 11 “Holiday Walk” events include a pancake breakfast at the Williamstown Elementary School on 115 Church St.. The breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at noon. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children and senior citizens.

A “Service of Lessons and Carols” is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the Williams College Thompson Memorial Chapel, 860 Main St. Additional information about the service may be acquired by calling Christy Abel at 413-458-4216.

Susan Bush may be reached via e-mail at suebush@iberkshires.com or at 802-823-9367.
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