Downtown Walk Info From Dawn Gadow

Hello downtown friends,

I’m writing to let you all know about what we’re plotting to help bring downtown into the Middle Street Walk festivities on December 12th. As the Middle Street Walk will essentially be ending by about 4:00 and we at Art Haven will have ice sculptures and buoy painting going on all day during these festivities, we thought that a lobster trap tree lighting ceremony would be the perfect culmination of the days events. However, we’d like to make this lighting ceremony into a much bigger event than it’s ever been, and we’d appreciate your help in that in any way possible. So, here’s a list of the things we hope to have going on between 4:00 and 6:00 on the 12th followed by a list of immediate action that needs to be taken. Please don’t hesitate to voice your opinion if you have suggestions or ideas for us to improve what we have already started planning!

What will be happening: 4:00-6:00pm, December 12th

  • Lobster trap tree lighting (around 5:00)
  • Performance by local bands/choirs
  • Revealing of the Art Haven ice sculpture
  • Hot cocoa and refreshments available
  • Santa Claus in the Brown’s Mall
    • Gift wrapping at the same time in the basement
    • Action Inc.’s Project Uplift will be there
  • A Christmas movie at Cape Ann Community Cinema

What needs to happen now:

  • Collection of lobster traps and buoys: contact Art Haven at (978) 283.3888 or contact Jeff Worthley at (978) with contacts
  • November 28/29: Need volunteers to help set up the tree (contact information from above)
  • Restaurant and shop owners: Interested in offering a Christmas Special/Dinner with Santa? Let us know.
  • We’re looking for a group interested in doing gift wrapping in the Brown’s Mall.
  • Looking for groups that are interested in volunteering their time and musical talents
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this email, we appreciate any help you can offer at this point as we start to really get things together for this event. And again, don’t hesitate to throw out any ideas that you think could make this event even more fantastic! Great things are happening downtown and we want to keep them going!

Dawn Gadow and David Brooks
Art Haven
(978) 283-3888

Gadow, Dawn

One thought on “Downtown Walk Info From Dawn Gadow

  1. As a warmup to the Santa Festivities in Gloucester on Dec 12 a week earlier on Dec 5 at 3:45PM is when it is rumored that Santa himself will arrive by lobster boat in Rockport Harbor. Small kids out on T Wharf and older ones up and down Bearskin Neck will be screaming “IT’S SANTA!!”

    My thirteen year old daughter who has been an official “sullen teenager” for years now was actually seen jumping up and down screaming along with them. The tree lighting in Dock Square did it for me because we then had to head to Wolf Hill to buy our tree.

    The tradition is now set. The only thing I want to change is I want to be on the boat as an elf. My request is already in to harbormasters Rosemary Lesch & Scott Story. They must have the inside dope on Santa since they are the lead boat.


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