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November 29, 2012

Essex Goings On

Events listed here are open to the public and sponsored by nonprofit groups unless otherwise noted. Press releases may be sent to Goings on, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930, sent via email to or faxed to 978-282-4397. Please include a contact person’s name and telephone number and send at least two weeks prior to the event. The Times will do its best to run the announcement at least once prior to the event. Due to the volume of goings on listings received by the paper, listings are alternated once they run and the same listings are not printed every day.

Holiday Festival

The Essex three day holiday festival starts tonight, Thursday, Nov. 29, with a special ceremony at 6:30 p.m., with the lighting of our Memory Tree at Town Hall on Martin Street, honoring lost loved ones while the town’s children’s bell choir performs. Tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 30, Santa arrives at 6:30 p.m. by boat at the Town Landing, and he and Mrs. Claus go to the Waterline Center of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, where the children can share their holiday “wish list” with Santa, and everyone enjoys clam chowder, donuts and hot chocolate. On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8 to 11 a.m., join Santa for breakfast with crafts, songs and photos; then get in the holiday spirit at Essex’s 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Day, with participating businesses offering free food, drink, discounts and complimentary gift wrapping till 8 p.m., along with raffle prizes, a silent auction, storytelling, caroling, and joy to the world!

Story hour

Children, ages 3-5 with a caregiver, can enjoy songs, stories, crafts and fun Thursdays, 10 a.m., at the T.O.H.P. Burnham Library, 30 Martin St. Call 978-768-7410 or email

Game night

Game night, for teens in grades seven to 12, will take place Friday, Nov. 30, 6 to 8 p.m., at the T.O.H.P. Burnham Library, 30 Martin St. Snacks, door prize and lots of board games available.

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