by Donna Cain
Looking forward to our wonderful Brewster for the Holidays celebration that begins this Friday. Many years ago I became close to two wonderful gals, Wendy French and Charlotte Fyfe They had asked me to a brainstorm tea at the Candleberry inn to talk about bringing back the old town celebration that had many different names over the years. It seemed like a good idea so the three of us started planning, changing the name to Brewster for the Holidays, a Sea Captain’s celebration and asked several other locals to join in on the fun (and the work) Everything came together pretty well until a huge northeaster decided it was time to visit our wonderful little town that year. We had to cancel everything last minute but met afterwards to start things up again. Since those times the festival has become much larger and organized by our Brewster Chamber. It has come to represent to me what small town celebrations are all about- the people, the children and old fashion fun!
The celebration begins on Friday with a tree lighting at dusk and also the lighting of the luminaries around our wonderful windmill in Drummer Boy park which is just across the street from our other inn, Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa. The celebration includes caroling from local school children and a visit from Santa.
Afterwards the Brewster Band performs a wonderful concert at the Brewster Baptist Church starting at 7pm. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit! (and is free)
For rest of the weekend check the schedule online as there is so much going on at individual businesses. Listed below are some of our favorites:
Brewster’s art community comes together for a wonderful holiday stroll. It’s a perfect time to meet the artist as well as to see all of the wonderful art we have in Brewster. You can pick up a map at any participating gallery and tour at your own pace. Some of our favorites are Struna, the Handcraft House and the Underground art gallery.
Our friends at the Candleberry Inn have wonderful Scottish teas all weekend. Advance reservations are needed.
My husband and I both love jazz and also enjoy listening to Bruce Abbott, a wonderful local jazz musician. This year get your holiday groove with a wonderful jazz concert at the Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday at 4pm. The event is free and includes Bruce Abbott, Carol Wyeth, Alan Clinger, Wayne Naus, Jim Krikava and Bart Weisman- what a wonderful gathering of local talent.
As an added treat at the Lutheran Church there is an art exhibition featuring manger scenes from around the world from the private collection of Peggy Krikava, as well as liturgical paintings by Bob Heath, and holiday quilts by Lynn Hibbert.
What a wonderful treat for all. Happy holidays from Byron and Donna and all the staff at Brewster by the Sea and the Captain Freeman Inn. We are so blessed and thankful to live in this wonderful seaside town of Brewster.