PUGWASH – Bethlehem is making its way back to the North Shore.
“One Awesome Night – Bethlehem Live” is returning to the Pugwash Farmers’ Market on Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m.
Bert McWade said the re-creation is a project between seven area churches – the Catholic, United, Baptist, Anglican, Meeting Place, and 7th Day Adventist churches in Pugwash, and the Oxford Church of the Nazarene.
“It started about five years ago,” said McWade. “For two years we had it on Main Street, and then we took two years off.”
Last year, the decision was made it host the event at the farmers’ market, where it will return.
“We have had tremendous turnout, with 500 to 700 people last year,” said Patricia McWade, who is involved in organizing and looks after refreshments. “We all do a lot around Christmas time – many of the churches have visits with Santa. But not many were doing anything about the true spirit of Christmas.”
Along with the churches, Pugwash Communities in Blooms participates in helping organize the event.
This year, One Awesome Night will begin with a short play. The back side of the farmers’ market will feature love animals, such as a donkey, sheep, ducks, chickens, a cow, and horses.
Kirsten Thompson and Louise Haycock will once again offer rides in miniature horses for the children.
“We try to keep the food as traditional as we can for that time period,” said Patricia. “So we will have things such as apple cider and herb drinks.
“And everyone tries to dress in costumes, which makes it more authentic.”
There will be greeters at the door, and the choir from the 7th Day Adventist Church will be singing.
“The whole premise is the true spirit of Christmas,” Patricia said. “The donkey is a great draw.”
There is no charge to attend the event and those attending are encouraged to dress for the time.