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Weekend was filled with Christmas festivities

December 7, 2009 - Andy Gray
It was a great weekend to get in the Christmas spirit in the city of Warren.

The downtown streets were bustling Saturday with participants in the Cookie Crawl as part of the “Christmas Time in the City” celebration sponsored by Main Street Warren, and a nice crowd turned out for tree lighting ceremony downtown.

The purpose of the event was to get patrons to check out downtown merchants, and it worked on me. I spent more than $80 downtown over the weekend, mostly on a Christmas gift for my wife at Trumbull Art Gallery’s gift shop (I’m not giving away any surprises; she picked it out) but at a few other places as well. And I saw some things I may be going back to get before Christmas day. Hopefully some others did the same.

And a near-capacity crowd filled Packard Music Hall Sunday for the W.D. Packard Concert Band’s annual holiday concert.

The band sounded excellent, and students from five area dance schools added to the festive pageantry. No doubt others celebrated with one of the two performances of Handel’s “Messiah” by the Warren Civic Chorus.

Best of all, admission was free for all of the events (except for the Cookie Crawl), making the activities accessible to all.

Those who didn’t take advantage have no one to blame but themselves.


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