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What's Up in Windsor -December 2016 - Tina Castelli

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What's Up in Windsor - December 2016 - Tina Castelli

by Tina Castelli

The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove opens December 1st

The Town of Windsor will be holding their Annual Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Thursday night, December 1st from 5-8 pm.  This is also the season opening of the 8th Annual Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove presented by the People4Parks and benefitting Windsor parks.  Meander through over 200 live trees decorated by local families, groups and businesses. Listen to Holiday performances by local students, keep the kids busy with crafts and cookie decorating in the Huerta Gym. Santa and Mrs. Santa arrive on a Fire Truck and light the first bulb on the Town Holiday Tree at 7 pm.  Windsor Farmers Market vendors will be there with dinner and dessert choices – BurtoNZ Bakery meat pies, WHS Boosters famous Hot Dogs, Just Popped Up! Kettle Corn, Cavaliere’s decadent slices of cakes, cookies and brownies, hot chocolate and coffee and cups of hot Farmers Market Minestrone Soup.  Come early and shop for gifts at the boutiques in Old Downtown Windsor, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list. This is a FREE event, Rain or Shine

Nightly Snow Fall is Back on the Town Green

Thanks to The Culley’s from KC’s American Kitchen it will be snowing every night through December at the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove on the Town Green. The snow didn’t fall last year because it was People4Parks first year producing the event and previous funding was no longer available. The Culley’s stepped up this year and purchased 2 new snow machines and enough snow for a whole month so that the community could enjoy this exciting tradition.  Snow falls nightly at 5:30 and 7:30 and Holiday music rings through the trees from dusk until dawn. 

This is an excellent opportunity to try one of the many restaurants in Windsor. KC’s American Kitchen is open nightly, sit out on the gorgeous new Patio and see the lights and watch all the activity on the Town Green.  If you like Asian food, there is a huge selection of fabulous food from all over the Pacific Rim in Windsor. Tomi Thai, Himalayian Cuisine, Saigon Bistro, a couple of Sushi places, Ume Japanese Bistro and Michelin star rated Chinois who has an extensive wine list and a popular happy hour.  Order take-out and eat in the Tree Grove on one of the big picnic tables under the rainbow icicle lights.

Charlie Brown Tree Grove Special Events for 2016

Community Decorating Day - Sunday, Nov. 27th, 2 pm, Fresh Kettle Corn, Roasted Chestnuts, Hot Chocolate and Cider available for purchase

Family Fridays in the Tree Grove with live music, crafts for kids and treats from 5-7 pm

SantaTim.Org Food & Clothing Drive - Bring clothing or non-perishable foods to donate when you visit the Grove on these 2 Friday nights.

December 9th - Live Music with Memory Lane

December 16th - Live Music with Life after Forte Jazz Combo. Appearance by SANTA!

Make love, not war 

It seems demonstrations have been happening all over the country at local high schools since the election and Windsor is no exception. Windsor High School students planned an impromptu demonstration during class hours on Tuesday, Nov. 15th. They gathering in front of the school with signs that said, “End Hate”, chanting a popular line from the 1960’s “Make love, not war”.  Schools have not been supporting these events, even giving absents for missing class, but that has not stopped our young people from voicing their opinions against racism and bullying. This group of Windsor students made their way downtown by the evening continuing the demonstration well after dark.  When students returned to class the next day there were strong opinions on both sides, with many students feeling like they didn’t know who they could talk to. One student had an idea and distributed large safety pins to those who she felt were more neutral or “Safe” to talk to. This opened up communication in the school community and started some healing. Our children are smarter and stronger than we know.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Give big hugs to your family this year, every one.