Thank you to volunteers and sponsors of
8th Annual Brewster for the Holidays
Brewster for the Holidays is a magical 3-day festival for the community the first weekend in December. For the 8th year (December 5 - 7) more than 80 events taking place throughout Brewster provided fun and entertainment for thousands of people. The festival would not be a success without the hard work and dedication of the volunteers who step in to help create the magic.
For the 2014 Commemorative Ornament, thanks to artist June Chartier for the great blue heron design and for signing the hundreds of ornaments sold over the year!
For the Illumination Ceremony, thanks to WeNeedAVacation.com (sponsor), Brewster Historical Society (windmill lighting and tours), Brewster Baptist Church (luminaries), Eddy Elementary School Chorus (carol sing-a-long), Nauset Rotary Club (parking), Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department (tent), Brewster Fire & Rescue (Santa’s transportation) and Santa! Hundreds of people gathered at Drummer Boy Park for the tree and windmill lighting Friday evening.
For the Brewster Band Holiday Concert, special thanks to Peggy Farber, Realtor and oldCape Sotheby’s Realty International (sponsors), as well as to the Brewster Baptist Church (event host). For the Gallery Stroll, thanks to Dickerson Gallery for organizing the 15 Brewster galleries that participated. And for Breakfast with Santa, thanks to Brewster Recreation (sponsor) and Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club (host).
For “Where’s the Snowman?” – a kid-friendly stroll, thanks to Cape Cod 5 Cents Savings Bank (sponsor), and to the participating businesses: Steven M. Ellard CPA, Cape Cod 5, Hopkins House Bakery & Gifts, True Value Hardware, Brewster Bookstore, Mermaids on Cape Cod and JoMama’s NY Bagel. Twenty-five children delighted in finding the snowman in eachbusiness so they could be entered into a drawing for prizes.
For the Gala Family Party, thanks to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History for opening its doors to make this free event possible! Thanks to Myra Frain, Steve Stranger, Amy Mason, Shirley and Tom Vautin, and chamber staff for decorating (and UN-decorating!) at the Museum. Thanks to Marcia Galazzi, Jason Shea and 4-year old Patrick Shea of the Family Schools for helping serve desserts. And thanks to the Museum volunteers and staff for all of their help! This year, 339 people attended between 2:00 and 4:00 PM to enjoy festive decorations, a buffet of cookies, cakes and candies, holiday music and a visit with Santa.
Thanks to our media sponsor The Dunes 102.3 FM (WGTX – Truro) for providing radio promotions and to Suzanne Tonaire and Scott McAllister for producing two hours of live remote broadcasts sponsored by Lemon Tree Village, Steven M. Ellard CPA and TD Bank. And thanks to the 65 businesses throughout Brewster that offered open houses, demonstrations and specials during the weekend.
Finally, very special thanks to the members of the Brewster for the Holidays Committee: Steve Stranger, Brewster Band; Becky Fisher, WeNeedAVacation.com; Shirley Vautin, Community Volunteer; Bob Meier, Woodworks Gallery; Amy Mason, Deep Blue and Toni Rubino, Steven M. Ellard CPA. This merry band of Santa’s elves meet all year long to make sure everything for the festival is perfect! And they’re already planning for 2015!
Happy New Year to all!
Foundation for Family Education at the Family Schools
“Providing support for those who seek to raise stable and loving children in a chaotic world.”
This year, Brewster for the Holidays has selected the Foundation for Family Education’s H.O.W.L.S.* program as its grant recipient. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation that awards scholarships, camperships, teaching materials and mini-grants to families associated with the Family Schools in Brewster, MA. (*Holistic Outdoor Wilderness Leadership Skills)
H.O.W.L.S. utilizes out of school hours to create value laden teaching and learning experiences in aquatic safety, environmental science, wilderness immersion, natural arts, and leadership education. The program is based in Nickerson State Park in a science yurt. Participants develop a command of scientific thinking, recording skills through art making in this natural setting, and confidence in strong physical and emotional achievements. The program serves children ages 6 – 12 and meets weekdays from 2 – 6 PM.
The Brewster for the Holidays grant will help fund matching scholarships to H.O.W.L.S. as well as materials for science observation and work.
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To get involved in Brewster for the Holidays with an event or as a volunteeer email firstname.lastname@example.org.