Merry Main Street

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Stonington celebrates the holiday season with multiple free events for the whole family. Photo courtesy of Opera House Arts.

The holidays are upon us and Stonington is getting ready to deck the halls. On the weekend of December 12-13, the town will be coming together to celebrate the season with two days of events for the whole family, hosted by the Island Community Center, the Island Recreation Board, Opera House Arts and the Town of Stonington.

“The town of Stonington is very excited to be part of this event,” says Liz Steel, the Town of Stonington’s Economic Development Director. “It’s wonderful when different community organizations can pull together and make things happen!”

Saturday, December 12, the weekend will kick off at the Stonington Opera House at 10am with a Pop-Up Market in the lobby. There will be eight vendors – Debbie Fifield, Mike & Kathy Turner, Genevieve McDonald, Jean Peshin, Laura Dahlen, Julie Eaton, and Lisa Turner – offering a variety of items from salt to quilling to beaded jewelry to leather goods to lamps to carvings to knitted goods and ornaments. Also available will be an array of Opera House Arts items, including gift certificates, apparel and theatre memberships.

Santa comes to town at 11am! Not only will there be elves hanging around the theatre, waiting to take pictures of you and the man in red, the Opera House Arts team will also be offering other free family activities. There will be a station for cookie decorating, as well as one for making animal-friendly ornaments to be used at Sunday’s outdoor tree lighting.

At 1pm, members of the community will lead everyone in caroling before a free 1:30pm reading of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales by local actor Cherie Mason.

“The team at the Opera House is delighted to be hosting this day of events,” says OHA Producing Artistic Director Meg Taintor. “We’ve been hearing from our community about the demand for activities that can include the whole family and are thrilled to be able to open our space – including our beautiful new lobby – to create these opportunities.”

The fun will continue on Sunday, December 13 at the Island Community Center in Stonington at 4pm with a story reading followed by a magical outdoor tree lighting, during which families will follow a path of glitter to this year’s special tree and then decorate the lit tree with animal-friendly ornaments – a tradition passed on to the town by Sylvia Tate. Cocoa and cookies will be provided by the Island Recreation Board.

For more information on Stonington’s Holiday Hoopla please email, visit, or call 207-367-2788.

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, December 12

10am: Pop-Up Market in Stonington Opera House lobby opens

11am: Photos with Santa, cookie decorating and ornament making in the


1pm: Caroling in the theatre

1:30pm: Free reading by Cherie Mason of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas

in Wales

Sunday, December 13

4pm: Story reading at the Island Community Center

4:30pm: Tree lighting with cookies and cocoa to follow at the Island

Community Center


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