Northfield preps ‘Special Day’
Recorder file photo Lily Harris Hendry, 10, Natalie Foster,11, Georgia Harris Hendry, 6, and Ethan Foster, 13, from Northfield, decorate gingerbread cookies during last year's Special Day in Northfield. Purchase photo reprints »
NORTHFIELD — “Special Day” offers holiday music and theater, shopping and craft workshops, and more Saturday in and around downtown Northfield.
The day starts at 9 a.m., when Bill Shontz will put on a free children’s concert at Northfield Elementary School, playing originals and holiday favorites.
The music will continue across the street in the Green Trees Gallery, with Swedish fiddlers playing at 10 a.m. for shoppers at Dala Bird and Northfield Coffee and Books. Humorist/songwriter Rick Harris and musician Ed Hogan will play at Northfield Mountain Antiques at 11. Local musician Joe Graveline will play at Fairview Gardens throughout the day.
At noon, Santa Claus will arrive in style at Green Trees Gallery, accompanied by the Pioneer Valley Regional School Band. Santa will be available to take gift requests, as well as pictures, from noon to 2 p.m.
At 2, a wind-instrument ensemble of the Pioneer Valley Symphony will take over Green Trees Gallery, playing holiday songs as well as selections from the symphony’s upcoming events. They’ll be followed by another set from Rick Harris at 3 p.m., and American Harmony will lead the crowd in historical carols at 4.
The Cardboard Box Theater will present “The Elves and the Shoemaker” at 1 p.m. in First Parish Church, and Mrs. Claus will tell stories by the fire at Centennial House Bed and Breakfast from noon to 1:30, with music from Ed Hogan.
There will also be a Christmas tree lighting contest on Main Street, and you can see the entries via horse-drawn hayride from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Dickinson Memorial Library will hold its annual children’s bazaar from 10 a.m. to noon. Children through grade 5 can buy and wrap gifts for 50 cents apiece. National Honor Society students from sixth grade will serve as personal shoppers for the kids while parents enjoy coffee and snacks downstairs.
Several local businesses will hold one-day sales on gifts, and a few offer the chance to make your own one-of-a-kind present.
There will craft workshops, where kids can make everything from bird feeders to gingerbread men, in Pam Veith Realty from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, in the First Parish Church’s Webster Room from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Girard’s Tree Farm from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the library from 1 to 4 p.m., and Fairview Gardens and Mim’s Market all day.
A soup and panini lunch will be available at First Parish Church from 11:30 to 1 p.m., and the Friends of Schell Bridge will hold a “soup and dessert supper” at 5 p.m. in Green Trees Gallery.
There will be free parking at Green Trees Gallery all day, and a free shuttle to Special Day locations.