HAMMONTON - Twinkling holiday lights reflected off the wet streets and sidewalks Thursday adding to the sparkle for this month’s Third Thursday of Glitz, Glimmer & Holiday Shimmer.
The monthly event spotlights local artists and shopping on Main Street through special activities, refreshments, discounts and extended hours.
“You can expect live performances, music, store specials and unique art experiences. Restaurants throughout the downtown offer dinner and drink specials, making this a night out to enjoy a relaxing evening out in the downtown,” said Cassie Iacovelli, executive director of MainStreet Hammonton.
At the Noyes Museum Shop on Front Street, shoppers selected handmade gifts at the Holiday Bazaar and painted ceramic ornaments that were made by local artist Colleen Cornell of Hammonton. The ornaments were free, and Holiday Bazaar items were 20 percent off.
“I like all the activities they provide and it’s nice that the shops are open late,” said Erin Husta of Hammonton as she painted an ornament with her daughter, Kendall Husta, 4.
The Hammonton Arts Center offered refreshments and supplies to make a holiday-themed bookmark or gift tag that would add the personal touch to holiday gifts.
The Toy Market was busy with shoppers and visitors who were drawn in by the holiday music that was performed throughout the night by piano students of Hammonton resident Donna Ordille. Down the street, live musicians created a relaxing atmosphere inside Casciano Coffee Bar and Sweetery as visitors studied and browsed through the art of Marie Natale of Egg Harbor Township.
Natale created the watercolors of Hammonton landmarks that are featured on the Commemorative Hammonton Sesquicentennial throw being sold by the Hammonton Lions Club. A few dozen throws are still available; call Barbara Neary-Bachalis at (609) 703-0352 to purchase one.
“Third Thursdays for Casciano Coffee Bar are always a fun, interesting evening with regular customers and new customers. Everybody seems to use this as a stopping point at some point in the evening after they hit the sales and other special events,” said Linda Cashan, owner of Casciano Coffee Bar. Third Thursday at Casciano’s usually includes live music, specials and an art exhibit.
The Eagle Theatre opened its doors during Third Thursday offering tours, a Sharrott Winery wine and cheese tasting and a holiday photo shoot by Brian and Bobbi Morris of Hammonton.
Musicians gathered at Kramer Hall and joined in Jammonton, a relaxed evening of music performed by local artists. Downstairs, April Schenk, a Hammonton designer with a shop at the Antiques Marketplace, invited guests to make an accomplishment jar.
Plenty of decorative items were available for the jars that participants will use to log their accomplishments. The idea is that it is more positive than making New Year’s resolution, said Schenk. “It could be a family tradition to sit down at the end of the year and read through the jar. It’s really important to stay positive.”
Many restaurants and shops offered specials and discounts for the evening. Third Thursdays are hosted in the downtown from 6 p.m. 9 p.m. every month with a different theme each month. The event has been offered in the downtown since 2011. “With each year we have gained many more visitors who love the charm and friendliness of our downtown,” said Iacovelli.
“We plan to add more dynamic entertainment to compliment the special offerings provided by the businesses each month,” said Iacovelli. “If you have not checked us out during a Third Thursday, I encourage people to stop by and see for yourself what a great night out we have to offer in Downtown Hammonton.”