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12/2/2014 - Town and Chamber Hold 2nd Annual "Shop & Stroll"

First Selectman Mike Tetreau is inviting the public to participate in Fairfield’s 2nd Annual Holiday “Shop & Stroll” on Thursday, December 11, 2014. The event is being co-sponsored by the Town of Fairfield and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.

Participating shops from Black Rock Turnpike, Southport, Greenfield Hill, Merchant Row/Post Road East, and Fairfield Center will stay open until at least 9:00 pm and will offer an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and seasonal refreshments to shoppers. Traveling carolers and musicians will fill the air with holiday cheer, and local restaurants will be offering dinner or drink specials.

“This is a great opportunity to support our local businesses and to get some of your holiday shopping done while enjoying a fun night out with family or friends,” said First Selectman Tetreau.

This year’s event will also feature a 90-minute ice-sculpting demonstration beginning at 6:00 pm at Sherman Green by world renowned ice carver Bill Covitz of Ice Matters. Mr. Covitz will be exhibiting his considerable talents and skill carving a single block of ice into a holiday motif. Additional ice sculptures will be on display at several downtown locations, courtesy of Kleban Properties, Henry C. Reid & Son Jewelers and Fischel Properties.

Shoppers can also enter a special drawing for a chance to win a Fairfield shopping spree and other great prizes. Shoppers can pick up an entry form the day of the Stroll at the Town Hall, the Fairfield Public Library or any one of the following retailers participating in this special promotion: 5 Oceans Fair Trade, Apricot Lane, Capri, Chico’s, Coreen’s Bridge Floral Shop, Dash ‘N Drizzle, Fairfield University Bookstore, Giuliana Boutique, Hazel Daze, Henry C. Reid & Son, Island Outfitters, Jenny Boston Boutique, The Label Exchange, La Moda Fashions, Lion’s Paw & Company, Magic Beans, Mama Jane’s Global Boutique, Moda Capelli Salon, Party Party, Snappy Gator, Swim ‘n Surf, Troy Fine Art Services, Vintage Garden and Yurway Boutique. No purchase is necessary. Only one entry per household.

In addition, Tumble Jungle of 111 Black Rock Turnpike will be hosting a “Parents Night Out” on the 11th for children ages 3-12 so that moms and dads can go out, shop, and enjoy their night! The cost is $30 per child and $20 for any additional siblings. Pizza will be included for dinner, and the kids will play games in the gym, do arts and crafts, go zip lining, use all of Tumble Jungle’s inflatables and more. Parents need to sign up in advance by stopping by or calling (203) 345-6208.

Caroling will be provided by The Fairfield Warde High School Muse & Overtones A Cappella students and members of the Fairfield Ludlowe High School A Cappella group. The Fairfield Ludlowe Brass ensemble will also be appearing along with Fairfield University’s Mascot who will be at the Fairfield University Book Store.

The Southport Merchants Association will also be sponsoring its Annual Christmas Walk on December 11th, with festivities set to begin with Santa’s arrival in Southport Village via fire truck at 5:00 pm. Children will have an opportunity to visit with Santa at the offices of the Russell Agency, followed by the lighting of the Hospice Tree of Light.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Beverly Balaz added, “The Chamber of Commerce is happy to be partnering with the Town on this festive event as it will give our businesses another opportunity to open their doors to the community, meet new customers from surrounding towns and together, help celebrate the holiday season with a wonderful shopping experience!”

The Town and Chamber gratefully acknowledge the following businesses for helping to sponsor this year’s event: Kleban Properties, Fischel Properties and Henry C. Reid & Son Jewelers. Media sponsors include the Hearst Media Group, Fairfield Citizen-News and BizzBuzzTV.

The public is invited to visit the event website at www.fairfieldct.org/shopnstroll for further information on participating retailers, restaurants, activities and special offers.

The photo shows Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bev Balaz, First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Community and Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart at one of this year’s participating stores.