PASO ROBLES DOWNTOWN AREA HOSTS EVENTS
A Tradition of Hospitality – Elegant Evening Downtown
The downtown Main Street businesses wish to thank the community for their loyal patronage throughout the year and especially during the holiday season. On Saturday, November 11 from 5 to 8 p.m., downtown Paso Robles is transformed into a cordial evening of hospitality and entertainment. The whimsically-costumed live mannequins posing in windows are young dancers from North County Dance and Performing Arts Studio who perform in local ballets and holiday performances. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas; trees adorned with garland, tinsel, twinkle lights, and carriage rides from Grand Cheval Carriage.
The evening concludes with the much-anticipated drawing for an original watercolor by John Partridge and art print by Anne Laddon. Prior to and on Elegant Evening, visit the participating businesses to enter the drawing. The winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m. at Couch Potato at 1240 Spring Street. You must be present to win and only one winning entry is allowed per person.
Lighting of the Town – Friday, November 24
It’s a delightful evening highlighted with the old-fashioned custom of singing Christmas carols by candlelight. For the last 31 years, the community has gathered together on the day after Thanksgiving to “light the town” for the holiday shopping season. After the crowd gathers at 5:30 p.m., Mrs. Claus flips the giant light switch for the most important arrival of Santa Claus during the 56th Holiday Light Parade on Saturday, December 2. Master of Ceremonies Chad Stevens leads the caroling while the Snow King and Queen and Santa’s elves engage the children and families in the singing.
Love Paso! Shop Small! Buy Local!
There is a long-overdue Shop Small movement going on in our country; particularly in towns like Paso Robles. This movement is represented at the peak of the holiday by Small Business Saturday, November 25. The trend is less about getting the best deal and more about supporting small business owners. Statistics prove that 48% of money spent with local small business is re-circulated locally, but less than 14% of purchases at chain stores remain within the community.
Before spending your money on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, take the “old-school” route before going to the big boxes or logging on to e-commerce. General Store Paso Robles epitomizes the spirit of the national campaign of Small Business Saturday with special treats and promotions planned on that day for their customers. Resist the trend to pick up your device to shop and restore the age-old tradition of shopping downtown and get to know the business owners. They will appreciate it!
Shop Small and Handmade! Friday, November 24
Be sure to include the Main Street Holiday Craft Bazaar in your weekend shopping! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the City Park, local artists and crafters will offer unique and reasonably priced, hand-crafted items – perfect for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, your home décor or gifts for any occasion.
With the organization, coordination and talent of Chairman Laure Carlisle, the Paso Robles Art Association, the Main Street Design Committee, and volunteer Extraordinaire Tom Flynn, painted barrels are starting to appear all over downtown. The first batch has been placed by Berry Hill Bistro, Refinery, Wine O’Clock, Siegel’s Jewelry, Natural Alternative and Paso Robles Main Street.
It’s an on-going and gradual project with the goal of relaxing barrels throughout the downtown and working with merchants to replant and maintain the flowers, shrubs and trees. The donated full barrels are cut into halves by Rental Depot. Be sure to meander downtown and enjoy all our streetscape. And let Main Street know if you’d like to help!