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Our Neighborhoods S Christmas Tree Recycling Program begins Dec. 26 with the following schedule: Bruce Park: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greenwich Point: 6 a.m. - sunset, Holly Hill Recycling Center: Weekdays: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. & Saturdays: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. Greenwichct.org DOWNTOWN S Monday, Dec. 25, 12 p.m. The Knights of Columbus will hold their annual Christmas Dinner at 37 W. Putnam Ave., offering individuals a warm, safe, and friendly place to share some time, friendship, conversation and good food and drink regardless of r ace , color c reed , age or economic background. There will also be dessert and gift bags. Anyone who needs a ride will be picked up and brought home. For more information, go to knightsofgreenwich.com

It is the season for Christmas pageants all over town. This was the scene at Round Hill Community Church.

A Visit from St. Nicholas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds; While visions of sugar- plums danced in their heads; And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap, When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, Gave a lustre of midday to objects below, When what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer, With a little old driver so lively and quick, I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick. More rapid than eagles And for Rivers, picking out a favorite Clapton song is quite the challenge. “He has written so many great songs, it would be hard to pick a favorite,” Rivers said. “But Lay Down Sally and Cocaine would be two of my favorites. Though none of his songs stirs an emotional response in me more than Tears in Heaven because of the tragedy which inspired him to write it. I remember the teams it brought to my own eyes when I heard it for the first time while holding my own young son in my arms. I couldn’t imagine the pain he must have felt when he wrote it for feels whenever he plays it. I have never been able to listen to that song without reliving that moment, and it brings tears to my eyes every time.”

his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name! “Now , Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!” As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky; So up to the housetop the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too— And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound. He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack. His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow; The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath; He had a broad face and a little round belly That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly. He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose; He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight— “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!” him, in spite of myself; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread; He spoke not a word,

by St. Nicholas.

By Elizabeth Barhydt

Moore would have been i n f luenc ed a s wel l by h i s father, Benjamin Moore, who was president of Columbia University and who, in his r o l e a s Ep i s c opa l b i s hop of New York, took pa r t in the inauguration of George Washington as the nation’s first president. A graduate of Columbia, Clement Moore was a scholar of Hebrew and a professor of Oriental and Greek literature at the General Theological Seminary in Manhattan. Being a scholar, his light- hearted poem was likely never meant for the public, which may be why it was published anonymously, chances a re without Moore knowing it was submitted. The poemwas first published in a newspaper on Dec. 23, 1823. The newspaper was the Sentinel—the Troy (New York) Sentinel, to be precise. Tonight, in our home, our holiday tradition will most certainly include a bedtime story. We will make our way back from the Christmas Eve service and everyone will open one present. The c ont ent s o f t he s e presents is never a surprise— always new Christmas pajamas, washed and ready to wea r this very night. Then there will be hot cocoa while we sit and listen. One wife, two children, two dogs. Quiet. Then Peter will begin to read this brief but magical tale.

F or many in Greenwich and around the world, t r e a s u r e d h o l i d a y traditions include a bedtime story that begins, “’ Twas the night before Christmas ,” on Christmas Eve. We include it here in its entirety for you to read to your family if you don't have a copy at home. W h i l e t h e r e i s s om e slight disagreement over the authorship of this now famous poem, most believe it was penned by Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863). According to the Library of Congress American Memory project, Moore wrote the tale on Christmas Eve, 1822, while traveling to his Chelsea-district home from Greenwich Village, where he picked up the last of many turkeys that his family donated to t he poor each holiday season. Moore created A Vi sit from St. Nicholas (now known a s ’ Twa s the Night Be fore Christmas ) to read to his own six children that evening. His vision was likely influenced in some part by the description of St. Nicholas in Washington Irving’s A History of New York (1809). In this fanciful account, St. Nicholas is credited with inspiring, t hrough a v iv id dream, the location of the city that is nowManhattan. Ye s , New York Cit y, i n Irving's account, was founded

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By Paul Silverfarb Legend Eric Clapton Headlines 2018 Town Party

together to celebrate town pride and the spirit of giving through live music, local food favorites, and family-fun activities. “’Eric Clapton is God ’ has been a common expression since I started following Clapton nearly 50 years ago and Greenwich residents will get to hear why at this Town Party which will be the best ever,” said Ray Dalio, founder of the Greenwich Town Party. While Clapton’s performance will be one the town will be talking about for quite some time, the Town Party has welcomed other stellar music icons to Greenwich. “Eric Clapton was the top of our list because he’s a huge music legend,” said Rivers. “The response has been so exciting — the town is buzzing about it. The GTP stage has seen the likes of many icons, from Paul Simon to James Taylor created a special menu of patron’s favorite dishes. Their contemporary take on the “Seasons of America” are offering a special 4-course dinner with savory items that will tempt all. Eastend Genera l Manager Chris Barrett said: “We are looking forward to celebrating New Year’s Eve with our loyal customers as well as with newcomers. It is going to be an exciting night for us with special

to Santana and Dave Matthews — the list goes on. We can all look forward to another really special and legendary performance on Memorial DayWeekend.” During his legendary career spanning over five decades, Clapton has released 45 albums and received numerous awards and honors. He is the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of both The Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist. He has won or shared in 18 Grammy Awards. Clapton was ranked No. 2 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In February 2018, Showtime Networks is debuting a new documentary, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, on the musician’s rise to fame in which he narrates and gives exclusive access to his personal archives of music, photos, letters and diary entries. menu items designed by our chef, craft cocktails created especially for this night by our mixologist, Juan, and fun music entertainment by Love Russell who plays everything from disco, hip-hop, reggae, 70's soul to R&B.” The JHouse is throwing a New Year’s Eve party as well. The boutique luxury hotel has several packages for enjoying their popular bar and

T he Town of Greenwich will be rocking in May…literally, as music icon, Grammy Award winner, guitar legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Eric Clapton will headline the eighth annual Greenwich Town Party. “We are ecstatic,” said GTP co- president Ray Rivers. “Eric Clapton on the Greenwich Town Party stage will be a performance people will remember for years to come. He is arguably the greatest living guitarist in the world and a rock legend whose music transcends generations.” Held annually on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, this volunteer-supported community event is a popu lar k ickof f to summer. The event brings multiple generations of Greenwich residents I t is not too early to start planning for New Year’s Eve. There are many options in Greenwich that evening, but do not wait too long to make your reservations. Popular Greenwich Avenue restaurant Eastend will be holding a New Year’s Eve celebration. Executive Chef Albert DeAngelis has By Tom Williamson

The Greenwich Town Party will be rocking during Memorial Day Weekend, as Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and music icon Eric Clapton will headline the eighth annual event. (contributed photo)

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restaurant, including a gourmet dinner buffet prepared by Chef Conor Horton. An added benefit for those not wishing to traveling is overnight accommodations. Laura Gillis, General Manager commented: “We have a very special evening planned. Albert Riviera who regularly performs as a jazz quartet, has created an 8-piece band for the evening, Albert and Friends. It will

be a much bigger sound with Latin and pop influences and promises a great evening of dancing. Of course, if you are looking for something more casual, you cannot go wrong with the Famous Greek Kitchen in Byram. This sought out family run restaurant offers a traditional and fun Greek menu along with simple, healthy homemade dishes, prepared by Chef

Steve Karipides, son of the founder. Steve’s sister, Maria Katsaros, who also works in the restaurant along with sister Sophia, said they are looking forward to a relaxed family atmosphere on New Year’s Eve. “We will welcome our patrons to enjoy to enjoy the evening. It will not be overdone. It will be simple,

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