Downtown holiday festivities begin Friday

Published on Thu, Dec 4, 2008 by Jack Kintner

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Downtown holiday festivities begin Friday

By Jack Kintner

This weekend’s focus is on downtown Blaine for the annual tree lighting ceremony that has become much bigger this time around thanks to a collaboration between the Sweet Road Artists, Blaine Chamber of Commerce, city of Blaine and Blaine Merchants Association.

One of those businesses is Wolten’s True Value, whose owner Jerry Wolten donated over 2,000 Christmas lights for the downtown holiday display. Now known as the Blaine Holiday Harbor Lights, the event runs from Friday, December 5 through Saturday, December 6.

More than 100 crafts people in nine different venues will display their wares for the enjoyment of early holiday shoppers. Instead of the whole arts and crafts show being in one place, six different downtown stores along with the senior center and the Dakota Creek Winery will have artists in booths both days beginning at 10 a.m.

Individual artists will be showing their creations and finishing projects as demonstrations of their craft at Dakota Creek, Goff’s, Busy B Gift & Wine Shop, the Seaside Bakery and Cafe and Blaine Bouquets. Three artists will be at the Pizza Factory, and nine will display their wares at Petal Attractions, who will have their merchandise on display through Christmas thanks to a special arrangement with the Sweet Road Artists’ Co-op.

The Dakota Creek Winery will be holding an open house on both days from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Visitors will receive a free raffle ticket as a door prize for a chance to win a bottle of Jill’s Blend or Pinot Gris from winery owner Ken and Jill Peck’s private collection, drawings to be held both days. Also, for the entire month of December, donations made at the winery to the Blaine Boys and Girls club will be matched by Dakota Creek dollar for dollar.

The granddaddy show of them all will, appropriately enough, be at the senior center where over 50 artists and crafts people will put on the Homemade Arts & Crafts Bazaar. Baked goods to either eat there or use as gifts will be sold by the Chief Whatcom chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The bazaar opens at 9 a.m. at the Senior Center on H street and runs until 4 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Stop by Sports Unlimited at 1685 H Street for their open house on Saturday. Cider and refreshments will be offered and participants can enter a drawing for a free $100 gift certificate.

To help get around, a free horse drawn trolley will ply downtown streets from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

At 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon the Blaine Conservatory will present the Nutcracker Tea, set for the Blaine middle school cafeteria. Tickets are $12 and half that for kids and seniors. At 4 p.m. a holiday sidewalk karaoke sponsored by Steve Hagen will start up outside Petal Attractions.

At 4:15 p.m. more music will be heard as people gather for caroling at the H Street Plaza prior to Santa’s arrival at 4:45 and the community tree lighting at 5. Afterward Santa will visit with kids at the Pizza Factory across the street. Finally, between 5 and 6 p.m., be sure and look west, out to the harbor, as the parade of lighted Christmas ships parades by the waterfront. Best viewing will be from the Blaine Public Pier at the west end of Marine Drive.

For more information call the Blaine visitor center at 332-4544.

Blaine Holiday Harbor Lights

Festivities Friday, December 5th:

9 am - 4 pm - Homemade Arts & Crafts Bazaar-
Senior Center

10 am - 5 pm - Winter Fest Art Walk - Downtown

1 pm - 5 pm - Dakota Creek Winery Holiday Open House

2 pm - 3 pm - Holiday Cookie Contest - Seaside Bakery

Festivities Saturday, December 6th:

9 am - 7 pm - Homemade Arts & Crafts Bazaar-Senior Center

10 am - 7 pm - Winter Fest Art Walk Downtown

1 pm - 5 pm - Dakota Creek Winery Holiday Open House

2 pm Nutcracker Tea Performance - Blaine Middle School Cafeteria. Performed by Blaine Conservatory. Tickets $12 adults, $6 seniors 371-9980

3 pm to 6:30 pm - Ride a Horse Drawn Trolley downtown (free)

4 pm Holiday Sidewalk Karaoke– Petal Attractions

4:15 pm Caroling with Blaine middle school band

4:45 pm - Santa arrives by Fire Truck

5 pm - Tree lighting

5 - 6 pm - Lighted boat parade. Blaine Harbor

Come one, come all to the Holiday Harbor Lights in Downtown Blaine!