I apologize for not getting my events update to you sooner.  Last night was the West Brighton Holiday Stroll, a terrific family event featuring the Forest Ave. strip from Walbrooke Ave. to Broadway!  Businesses set up tables outside their stores/offices, greeting the Strollers, sharing food, goodies, giveaways, singing Christmas carols, sharing information, taking pictures with Santa, the Snowman, Ninja Turtles and much more.  Everyone was happy, enjoying pizza, hot soup, chicken fingers, pasta, hot chocolate, coffee, apple cider, balloons and chatting with friends and making new acquaintances along the way.  Even I got to meet Santa in front of Pastosa Ravioli!

Talk about stores and businesses--How many of you skipped Black Friday, slept in the day after Thanksgiving and took advantage of the Chamber of Commerce’s Shop Small Business “Passport to Staten Island” initiative?   I hope you remember your local businesses when doing your holiday and every-day shopping.

Friday, 12/5, 6:30-9:30 at Annadale Park, Annadale Rd. & Jefferson Blvd., the Annadale Christmas Tree Lighting will feature Olaf & Elsa from “Frozen”, a train ride for the kids, bouncy houses, live musical performances, giveaways and pictures with Santa. 

Saturday, 12/6, at 8:00 p.m., the Richmond Choral Society will present their concert "Follow the Star" at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, 871 Castleton Ave.  For info, call 718-448-3656.

On Sunday, 12/7, 4:00 p.m., the St. Peter’s Girls and Boys H.S. Alumni’s 5th Annual Christmas Concert will take place at St. Peter’s Church, 33 St. Mark’s Place.  Also featuring the St. Peter’s Boys H.S. Choir, the Notre Dame Academy Bell Choir and Georgette Ionescu, Flutist, the Alumni concert is directed by Suzanne Odessa and accompanied by John Fevelo.  It is a performance you will not forget.  You can buy tickets at the door at 3:30 or call Adolph at 718-448-0859 for reservations.

The Preservation League of Staten Island Holiday Party, "Friends and Their Favorites," will be held on 12/7 at 2:00 at The Hungarian Reformed Church, 19 Winant Place,  formerly known as the Free Magyar Reformed Church, built in Kreischerville for Balthazar Kreischer in 1883.  Call 718-980-1551 for information.

The following Holiday/Christmas Fairs/Events will be held this weekend: 

St. Roch’s, 602 Port Richmond Ave., Saturday, 12/6, 10-6. 

Island Shores Senior Residence, 1111 Capodanno Blvd., 12/6, Noon-4. 

Sacred Heart Parish, 301 North Burgher Ave., Sunday, 12/7 from 10-4. 

Monsignor Farrell H.S., 2900 Amboy Rd., 12/7, 10-5.

Don't miss the New Brighton Holiday Stroll, 12/6, all day! Participants are as follows:

Christ Episcopal Church, 77 Franklin Ave., 12/6, 8:30-4.

Unitarian Church, 312 Fillmore St., 12/6, 10:00 a.m.

CPG (Creative Photographers Guild) Gallery, 814 Richmond Terr., 12/6 11-8. 

Staten Island Museum Store, 1000 Richmond Terr., 12/6, 12-4.  

The Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr., 12/6, 11-6.

Open Studios Sale, 12/6 - noon-4 - Snug Harbor Studio Artists will display their art work for sale:  Ann Marie McDonnell, Craig Manister, Elizabeth Sollazzo, Erin Butler, Joyce Goldstein, Linda Butti, MaggieRose, Martha Trivizas, Patrizia Vignola, Robert Giunta, Sharon Wasserstein and Mary Campbell.

Let me know what you have planned this weekend.  Will you visit the holiday fairs?  Will I see you at the St. Peter’s Alumni concert?  Did you purchase art work at Snug Harbor for your home or as a gift? Let me know if you are attending an event I have not listed.  Call me at 646-258-9696 or write me below or at joan.coogan@gmail.com

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