Madison Police Department To Town Residents: Give A Toy, Get A Ride

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Madison Town Green from 2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, just before the tree lighting and you'll get a tractor hay ride, compliments of the Madison Police Department.


Sunday will bring lots of fun to downtown Madison. A holiday parade, a tree lighting, an open house at two local inns, a food drive, a holiday faire at the Deacon John Grave House, and other events are planned for that day.

The Madison Police Department is asking that residents bring a new, unwrapped toy as part of its toy drive on Sunday.

Residents who participate will be treated to a tractor hay ride. The event is running from 2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.

Donations of toys and food also can be dropped off at the police department headquarters 24/7. The police department headquarters is located on Campus Drive, off of Duck Hole Road, just north of the Hammonasset Connector.

Here is the information about the parade Sunday from the Madison Chamber of Commerce:

Don't miss the Madison Chamber of Commerce’s Annual "Santa Paws" Parade on Sunday, December 2nd in downtown Madison.

The parade will begin at  2pm at the eastern end of the Stop & Shop parking lot, march up Samson Rock & continue down the Post Road, through the center of town.

Santa will stop at the Cafe Allegre's porch where children can chat with him from 2:15 until 4pm, followed by the Tree Lighting & Caroling at 4:30pm at the Town Green.

This year's theme is Animals, so everyone is invited to march in the parade with their pets, or put together a group or a float with an animal theme!

For more information, or to register to be in the parade, please contact Eileen Banisch at the Madison Chamber of Commerce: 203.245.7394 or chamber@madisonct.com.

Here is the information about the holiday faire:

The 1685 Deacon John Grave House never looks better than during the four days of its annual Holiday Faire Extraordinaire.

This year the fun kicks off from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov 29. The Faire will then be open on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2 from 12 noon until 6 p.m., and will be operating during the the lighting of the tree on the Madison Green 

Shoppers who are looking for something unusual will find a unique array of items on offer by local vendors including First Impressions, Hearts and Flowers, Hometown Bakery, Madison Flower Shop,The Well Seasoned Nest, Necessary Indulgences, East Wharf Bags others.


Deacon John Grave House

581 Boston Post Road



Here is the information about the open houses and food drive at the inns:

The Scranton Seahorse Inn and the Tidewater Inn, two of Madison CT’s bed and breakfast inns, are opening their homes to the public this Sunday, December 2, 2012, from 1 to 4 pm, for a Christmas Holiday Open House Tour, to benefit the Madison Food Pantry.

 The inns will have “decked the halls” for the holidays, each in their own unique style.  The inns’ personal ornaments and accessories will also be complemented by the handiwork of local businesses which are helping with or adding to the displays and thus able to feature what they can do to decorate your home for the holidays.

 As an added touch, ride from the center of Madison, at Ciao Bella, to the inns on a horse-drawn wagon with a footman from Foxglove Farm of Lyme CT. The first ride will begin at 1:00pm from the Tidewater Inn, and at 2:00pm the wagon and horses will join the Santa Paws parade before continuing the rides. Tour goers who would like a ride to or from the inns can board the wagon at Ciao Bella or at either of the inns. The last ride from Ciao Bella will be just after 4:00pm

 Everyone coming to tour the inns is asked to bring “Christmassy” non-perishable food items or a monetary donation for the Madison Food Pantry. Donations can be made at either of the two inns.

 The Open House Tour is a ticketed event, and tickets can be picked up ahead of time or on the day of the tour at Ciao Bella or at either of the two inns. There is no charge for the tickets, and they’ll be checked off when guests visit each inn. Visitors to both inns may turn their tickets in to certain Madison shops on Sunday afternoon for special discounts or a free gift, to be announced.

 See the splendor of the shoreline this holiday season as you tour the historic inns of Madison CT.  The Scranton Seahorse Inn and the Tidewater Inn will delight you with their breathtaking beauty, unique charm and festive holiday décor.  Meet the innkeepers as they share the special history of each home.  Enjoy hot cider and sing the sounds of the season as you ride between the Madison Center inns in a horse drawn wagon.

 Madison businesses partnering with the inns for this event include Ciao Bella, Walker Loden, Lily Juliet and Christensen Landscaping Services of Northford CT.


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