Santa, live music, and bazaars galore: Five things to know in Burrillville this weekend


Bazaars all over

Support the Burrillville High School Music Boosters while keeping your Christmas shopping local, and enjoy refreshments and music while you shop. The bazaar will be held at Burrillville High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. There will be local vendors, raffles, food and refreshments. Donate a non-perishable item and receive a free raffle ticket.

St Patrick’s Church annual Christmas Bazaar started Thursday and continues Friday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be raffles, crafts, penny socials and unique gifts available for purchase.

Our Lady of Good Help and St. Theresa Shrine will host The Wonder of Christmas Bazaar and Crafts Fair tonight until 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food, raffles and holiday gifts for sale.

Crystal Lake Rehabilitation and Care Center will host a holiday bazaar on Saturday and Sunday with a penny social, raffle and baked goods.

Santa at Stillwater

Santa comes to Stillwater Mill Center on Saturday, arriving by fire truck between 1 and 3 p.m. Kids can sit with Santa and receive a special gift at the annual event, and guests will enjoy donuts and hot chocolate. There will be holiday music by the Middle School Chorus, face painting, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus and raffles.

Live music

The Live Music Band will play at Uncle Ronnie’s Tavern on Saturday, Dec. 7 with classic rock music starting at 8:30 p.m.

Music at the Farm presents “Celebrate the Holidays” featuring artists in residence the Jess Tora Jazz Trio with Jessica Toracinta, vocals, Greg Wardson, keyboard, and David Zinno, bass at Grace Note Farm from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The group will play holiday songs from the Great American Songbook, holiday movies and original music written by Toracinta.

“All three musicians are the best of Rhode Island,” said  Music at the Farm Artistic Director Virginia Sindelar. “At their April performance, the audience was thrilled by these outstanding musicians who were not only inspiring but played flawlessly.”

Toracinta is a well known recording artist and teacher. She is a graduate of Rhode Island College and alumni of Berklee College. Her favorite influence is Nat King Cole.

Wardson, a pianist, composer and arranger, is a recording artist and teacher. He lives in Warwick, and is recently retired as associate professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has recorded with singers Smokey Robinson, Clark Terry, Aretha Franklin and others, and his music has been used in the movies Philadelphia, Walking and Talking, and A Day in Black and White.

Zinno, a jazz bassist, composer, and educator, teaches at URI, Salve Regina and Brown University. He has worked with Grammy winning vocalist Dianne Schuur and has toured Europe, South America, North Africa and the US. He has recorded on the Rope-A-Dope Records, Soul Note Records, Arabesque, and Whaling City Sound. He has recently toured festivals in Italy and Brazil.

Music at the farm concerts are co-sponsored by Grace Note Farm, the Burrillville Land Trust and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. A family friendly environment, the concerts give guests the opportunity to enjoy home made desserts, tour the grounds and see the farm animals after the concert. Tickets are $20, or $10 for students and are available by calling (401) 567-0354, at the door or through

Breakfast with Santa

The Oakland Mapleville Fire Department will host their annual Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. to noon at the OMFD headquarters, with all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, bacon and drinks. Tickets cost $8 for adults or $5 for kids and children 5 and under are free. Santa will be present from 9 to 11 a.m.

Christmas at the Movies

The Assembly Theatre presents Christmas at the movies on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m., with live performances of your favorite Christmas music from Charlie Brown Christmas, Elf, White Christmas, Home Alone and more.

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