Posts tagged ‘Christmas’

December 1st, 2016

Will Wolcott Break Christmas Caroling Record Saturday?

by Christopher O'Brien

Santa Clause and the Grinch may be on hand Saturday
Volunteers with the Christmas spirit are being asked to show up at Wakelee School on Saturday.
LOTS of vol2014-12-13-16-52-37unteers. 1,823 to be exact.

Two years ago, hundreds of residents made their way singing house to house in the center of town, but fell short of the goal to break the World Record. While they were unsuccessful, the event was a great and fun one for families and friends. This year, the event will be shared in a west side neighborhood.2014-12-13-16-52-26

The current record was set in 2013 by Waukesha, Wisconsin after breaking Westport’ record of 502 carolers in 2012.

Lovers of Christmas, singing, and bringing joy to their neighbors in this community event are invited to register and meet at Wakelee School between 2 and 3 pm. After a pep talk and group photo, carolers will make their way to fifteen houses along a one mile route. All residents (and non residents!) are invited to attend. Just bring a good pair of shoes and your voice. The Senior bus will be provided to assist those who may get tired or need to keep warm.

Registration is required, and funds from the event benefit local music and arts scholarships. If you register, you must also be present at the 2014-12-13-16-07-07event for a headcount in order to break the record.

More information about the event can be found HERE.

Encore Scholarship Christmas Caroling World Record Event Website

December 24th, 2015

Christmas Religious Services in Wolcott

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott’s Religious community is always welcoming any resident or visitor to its services. This year our local pastors are particularly inviting those who used to go to church or attend only a couple times of year. Come back, join your neighbors as we celebrate Christ’s birth!

The Catholic Community of Wolcott will have the following services for Christmas:

Christmas Eve, Thursday December 24

4:00 – St. Maria Goretti Church

4:00 – St. Pius X Church

Christmas Day, Friday

9:00 am – St. Maria Goretti Church

 

Wolcott Congregational Church

Christmas Eve

5:00, 7:00 and 11:30 pm

 

December 21st, 2013

Holy Land Cross Installed Above City

by Christopher O'Brien
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A crane operated by Industrial Riggers hoists the cross onto rocky Pine Hill Friday afternoon. View from East Mountain. | Photo: Leslie Wolfgang

 

By Chris O’Brien | The Wolcott Whisper

WATERBURY  –  Steelworkers and welders worked past sunset to ready the unveiling of a 16 ton Christmas gift to the Brass City Friday evening. The landmark Holy Land cross will be formally lit on Sunday evening at 6 pm, although thousands of area residents got a sneak preview as builders briefly tested the LED lights on the cross.

Welders from Pisani Steel work weld a supporting frame onto the cross late Friday

Welders from Pisani Steel work weld a supporting frame onto the cross late Friday

The cross – 16 tons with 5,000 LED’s and made entirely through donated time and money – was welded together on Thursday and hoisted onto an 8 foot thick cement base Friday afternoon. Pisani Steel of Naugatuck donated the steel and welding for the project, estimated at $300,000. This is the fourth cross to stand at the site originally built by John Greco, an attorney who’s dream was to transform Pine Hill into a diorama of the real Bethlehem and Jerusalem to embody the life of Jesus Christ from 2,000 years ago. Hundreds of buildings dotted the hill, made largely from donated and recycled steel and cardboard. Chicken wire, used heaters, cement and former appliances from friends contributed to other areas of the site. Statues from a Worlds Fair, as well as one blessed by the Pope were installed at the site. Despite the humble beginnings and dream of one man, HolyLand became a popular attraction for over 40,000 pilgrims every year. A devout Catholic, Greco enlisted his family in building the religious attraction as an act of devotion. A sign placed on the site read:

“A group of dedicated men present a pictorial story of the life of Christ from the cradle to the Cross—it is our prayerful wish that the project will provide a pleasant way to increase your knowledge of God’s Own Book and bring you closer to Him.”

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December 20th, 2013

Small Businesses Offer Big Gifts

by Christopher O'Brien
Karen Zaleski stands in front of a refinished box she painted at Deja Vu

Karen Zaleski stands in front of a refinished box she painted at Deja Vu

Still looking for that perfect gift?

It could be just around the corner and away from the chains and box stores.

Deja Vu, a Munson Road store that refurbishes and repurposes a variety of items, Karen Zaleski reports that business has been very brisk. “We actually sell alot online than in the store – but there’s alot here. Their variety store has a little bit of everything ranging from knick nacks to snowboards; guitars to signs. Wherever you look, there’s often something new or different- and perhaps that pefect gift. In the back room are complete dining room sets, in the front, vases turned into birdbaths, artwork, and walking canes. 

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November 28th, 2013

Tree Lighting Sunday

by Christopher O'Brien

ChristmasTreeThe town’s new 30 foot tall Norway Spruce will be lit for the Chrsitmas season on Sunday evening at 6 pm on the Green. All residents are invited to attend. There will be singing. After the lighting, townsolk are invited for coffee and hot chocolate at the Congregational Church.

Santa Clause will also be on hand to hear Christmas requests.

November 26th, 2013

Recoiling from ‘Black Thursday’

by Christopher O'Brien

By Nicole Stacy

The first time I heard some blogger quip about “Black Thursday,” I recoiled like a vampire from a cross. You think that’s cute now, I thought,  just wait until it starts to stick.

About this time last year, I was struck with sadness by the juxtaposition between these two headlines on MSN Money’s Smart Spending blog:

Juxtaposition

I never really went for Black Friday, but I figured if people wanted to take their lives in their hands for cheap waffle irons, and it gave them a rush, it wasn’t my problem.  I feel strongly that the creep into Thanksgiving is different.

blackfridaypicThanksgiving may be just a day, but unfortunately it’s one of the only major, anti-materialistic holidays we have left.Even the celebration of Christmas has metamorphosed into something that I think it’s fair to say neither Jesus nor the real Saint Nicholas would entirely recognize.  More than many other holidays, Thanksgiving has held out as a national expression of gratitude for the important things in life; the turkey is just a perk.

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December 15th, 2012

Free Shipping for Christmas

by Christopher O'Brien
Jenn Strathman, Consumer Advocate

Jenn Strathman, Consumer Advocate

By Jenn Strathman

If your shopping isn’t complete, the shipping deadline for holiday items is approaching. As a last push to get you to shop, an estimated 2000 retailers will participate in Free Shipping Day on Monday, December 17.

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December 7th, 2012

Townwide Christmas Party Tonight; Wonderland Sunday

by Christopher O'Brien

Friday Dec. 7th -Mayor Dunn invites all town residents to celebrate the Christmas and holiday season tonight from 4-7 pm at the annual Townwide Christmas Party. Festivities will be at the Senior Center at 211 Nichols Rd. The Wolcott High School Jazz Band will perform.

Sunday Dec. 9th – The annual Winter Wonderland will be held from 11 am – 4 pm at the Lions’ Club property at 245 Wolcott Rd. Festivities include a special visit by Santa Claus, horse drawn wagon rides, music, hot dogs, treats, and hot chocolate and cider. When you arrive, feel free to stop at the Lions’ Annual Tree and Wreath Sale. Pick out your tree or wreath and tag it for later pickup or delivery.

Tuesday Dec. 11th – The Wolcott Knights of Columbus invite families and friends to their annyal Christmas celebration. This will be held in the St. Maria Goretti Church Hall. A catered buffet dinner with music and grab bag ($10) will be held. Please RSVP by Dec. 7th to Ray McDonald (879-9191) or Roland Dupre (879-3051).

November 28th, 2012

Winter Calendar Items

by Christopher O'Brien

The Holiday Season is giving an opportunity for many clubs and organizations to bring Wolcott residents together. The Whisper is compiling a calendar of upcoming events for the month of December. Please send us your items to WolcottWhisper@gmail.com . The Calendar will be published in upcoming days.