Berlin kicks off holiday celebration with tree lighting
A tree-lighting ceremony will kick off the holiday festivities in downtown Berlin tonight, Friday, at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Atlantic Hotel. Visitors are also invited to take a stroll through the town, where shops and galleries will host local and regional artists as part of the annual Holiday Arts Night.(Nov. 23, 2012) The town of Berlin will ring in the holiday season with a treelighting ceremony and annual Holiday Arts Night tonight, Friday, in the quaint downtown area.
The town’s Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Atlantic Hotel. Mayor Gee Williams will officiate the lighting of the tree. The Delmarva Chorus is scheduled to perform.
Many of the businesses will be open until 9 p.m. for this year’s day-after- Thanksgiving Holiday Arts Night tradition. Some shops and galleries will host local and regional artists. Refreshments will be offered at various participating businesses and music will be played throughout town. Musical duo MoonStruck will be strolling the streets entertaining the crowd.
Patrick Henry will present his newest exhibit, “My Eastern Shore: In Different Lights,” this evening at The Globe.The Worcester County Arts Council, located on Jefferson Street, will host its annual “Holly-Days” exhibit and sale of holidaytheme paintings, jewelry, ornaments, cards, pottery and silk scarves created by approximately 25 members. “Holly-Days” exhibit and sale opened Nov. 9, and will continue through December.
“Artists are bringing in new items on a daily basis,” said Anna Mullis, executive director of the Worcester County Arts Council. “It’s prefect for people looking for something original and one-ofa kind that you can’t find in a mall.”
Mullis has also been collecting wreaths for the fourth annual decorating contest, and more than a dozen will be on display during Arts Night. The winners of the contest will be announced at 6 p.m. and awards will be presented. All wreaths will be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit the Arts Council’s Scholarship program.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the Around Sound Music group.
“The highlight of the event will be the children singing. It’s going to be a special touch,” Mullis said. “We’re very excited to have them.”
The Globe on Broad Street will feature Patrick Henry and his newest exhibit, “My Eastern Shore: In Different Lights.” The show, which includes a variety of oil paintings, debuted last Saturday in the Balcony Art Gallery.
“It was incredible. People’s response to it was really gratifying,” Henry said. “For years my tag line was ‘intimate and nostalgic images of the Eastern Shore. The past few years I’ve assessed the images I have and I’ve realized that it’s not as important to identify a specific location or place, but I want it to be more about the setting, the atmosphere and lighting.”
Henry and poet/writer Karen Prengaman recently publishing the first edition of “Still Images of the Eastern Shore.” The pair signed books last Saturday and will do so again tonight.
Dark Gold Jazz will perform on The Globe stage from 7-10 p.m.
Baked Dessert Cafe & Gallery will offer a “Holiday Bubbly Tasting,” with Dibon Brut Reserve and some samples of its allnatural holiday treats.
Bruder Hill will feature the artwork of Liz Lind, and The Maryland Wine Bar will display jewelry designer Tracy Collins’ collection.
A number of other shops and galleries will be open for business, as well.
Holiday trees decorated by Berlin business owners will be displayed in store windows throughout December. Windows have also been festively designed.
“I like everything about the holiday season. So many people come to Berlin for the Victorian Christmas atmosphere. It’s just a beautiful tradition,” Mullis said. “The windows of the shops, everything is so nicely decorated.”