Businesses and Nonprofits Team Up for Holiday Stroll
The event will feature deals from local businesses, performances and a trolley shuttling participants around the neighborhood.
By the time you've digested your Thanksgiving turkey, it will be time to get ready to celebrate again with local businesses and nonprofits during this year's Holiday Stroll and Tree Festival.
Bette Task, a Charlestown native and recent retiree, is organizing the stroll, with backing from Diane Grant of the Charlestown Business Association. The event will take place on Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- and it's shaping up to be a busy event for the neighborhood.
"[December 4th] is a pretty big day in Charlestown," Grant said.
Autoport, a local business that Grant said has been dedicated to neighborhood involvement, donated a trolley for the event. The trolley will act as a shuttle for the day, picking up and dropping off participants at various businesses and nonprofits between City Square and the StoveFactory Gallery on Medford Street.
Each stop on the tour will feature a giveaway from a participating business or nonprofit. For a full listing of businesses on the tour -- and their offerings -- click here.
In addition, the Boston Children's Choir has also been arranged by Charlestown Against Drugs and the Charlestown Mothers Association, to perform at St. Mary's Parish at 55 Warren St. at 2 p.m.
The best part of the entire event, according to Task, is that everything is free of charge.
Already, several local businesses have signed up to participate in this year's stroll and, in addition, a large group of non-profit organizations are also donating their share of time and energy through participation in the Festival of Trees, which is being organized by the Charlestown Business Association.
Each shop that participates in the stroll will have their own individual eco-friendly artificial tree set up on display in their retail space. Every tree will be decorated by a group of members from a local non-profit and participants will be invited to vote on the best tree.
There will also be a wreath-hanging ceremony put together by the Business Association. Wreaths will be set up in participating shops and adorned with various advertisements or dedications ranging in size from 5" x 7" to 8" x 10". They can be purchased for $25- $50, respectively. The signs can promote a business with a logo and contact information, or can be made into a memorial.
More information about the event, including where to sign up to participate or volunteer, can be found on the Charlestown Business Association web site, www.charlestownbusiness.com. You can also call Grant at 617-242-4152.