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Framingham’s Saxonville group to host holiday event Dec. 1

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  November 16, 2012 12:07 PM

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A Dec. 1 holiday event in Saxonville highlighting the Framingham village's shopping and cultural vibrancy will take place in and around the Pinefield Shopping Center.

A Framingham neighborhood friends group is hoping to highlight the Saxonville area’s cultural vibrancy during a holiday event this year.

Discover Saxonville 2012: Jingle Bell Day will take place Saturday, Dec. 2 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and will feature free horse-drawn rides, arts and crafts, storytelling, music, refreshments and "village characters."

Saxonville is a traditional historic mill village in Framingham that offers something for all ages of any interests, according to event organizers. The Friends of Saxonville have partnered with Robinsons Hardware to create an expanded event this year, according to event organizers.

Attendees can begin the day at the Pinefield Shopping Center, where there will be detailed programs of the day's events. Between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., there will be a free horse-drawn hayride through the village. Riders are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food or toy contribution for a local charity sponsored by the event.

At Pinefield Shopping Center, attendees can stroll through the village and find a wealth of bargains and promotions, as well as activities. There will be wine tasting, martial arts demonstrations, concerts, ballet performances, fine art for viewing and purchasing, and food tastings.

There will also be family-based activities, like arts and crafts and music performances by the Cameron School Jazz Band, the Framingham High School Jazz Band, the high school girls a cappella choir, Cloud Nine, and a roving barber shop quartet.

The event will also feature a Framingham High School Holiday Market Place at the southern end of the village, where 100 artisans display fine-crafted holiday gift items for purchase to benefit the high school athletic program. The Saxonville Artists’ Studios located in the very center of the village is having an open house, with an extensive and varied collection of works of art.

At the northern end of the village, Edwards Church hosts an “Alternative Fair Day” as part of its year-long celebration of 185 years in Saxonville.

At the end of the afternoon, around 4:30 p.m., there will be a tree lighting at the portico of the Athenaeum Hall.

There will be free parking throughout the village, organizers said.

For more details, visit www.saxonville.org.

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