Friday, December 3, 2010


It’s that time of year again…what my friends call, “Renee-A-Palooza Christmas Extravaganza.” We kick off the season every year the first Friday in December (tonight) with Invitation Night in Newburyport, Massachusetts. You are all invited…. It’s free and open to the public.

This truly delightful Christmas experience has become one of my favorites. The shops open their doors, pour champagne, turn up the carols, and pass out homemade goodies. Magic happens as you stroll with friends and loved ones in and around this historic town. I have not missed an Invitation Night in fourteen years! Each year I bring an entourage…. The number in the posse (complete with tiaras and our own music) has fluctuated from four to fourteen. We are experts at merry-making and are now part of the scene.

If you live in New England, you must go! This holiday event happens the first and second Friday in December, downtown Newburyport, 6-9 p.m. Festive garb suggested. Put on your sequin Santa Cap and go.

Here are a few of the emails I have received this week:

Just a reminder to pack the tiaras!

I'm kicking off the Renee-a-Palooza 2010 Christmas extravaganza this weekend!
Hugs, Lynne

I’ll be there with Bells on…ho ho ho, Helen

Yeah, don’t forget Reindeer Boogie!!!!!! (That's the first song we play on my tiny boom box covered in Christmas stickers, as soon as we get out of the car).

Our favorite store, and not to be missed, is Partridge in a Bear Tree. This is the best ever Christmas shop you have to see to believe. Tell Kevin, Renee sent you! He says, the word for this year is “glitter.”
inside Partridge in a Bear Tree

For dining or sipping yuletide cocktails try the Grog and Black Cow. Both are a lot of fun, and typify the feel of Newburyport.

Ho Ho Ho…..I’ve gotta go and brew up the Christmas tea~

girls at the Grog

1 comment:

MinistryOfScience said...

Some people think Renee-A-Palooza ends on New Years day. Don't know eactly when it ends! Love the pic in Bear Tree. "Oh Oh Oh"!

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