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December 5, 2013

Santa skips the sleigh

PEABODY — Santa Claus is coming to town. And Mrs. Claus will be with him.

It’s all part of the Downtown Holiday Festival on Saturday. The fun starts at 11 a.m. at Peabody Institute Library on Main Street with the Peabody High School Chorale leading Christmas caroling. Santa is expected to show up on a fire truck (the reindeer are no doubt resting up in preparation for their big night). The jolly old fellow will greet the kids in the lower level of the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Kids can expect something to eat and a goodie bag.

“I look forward to seeing lots of smiling faces,” Mayor Ted Bettencourt informed the News. The festival is co-sponsored by the Peabody Downtown Association and, he added, it’s “a great way to get into the spirit of the season.”

Pixelated

The latest example from the world of tomorrow happened when the old-style static billboard gracing the grounds of the Northshore Mall suddenly began twinkling electronically, offering brightly illuminated images that change every few seconds and tell us what to buy and where to buy it.

How does this happen after billboard lawyers originally described it as a static display? Well, said City Clerk Tim Spanos, there isn’t anything in the bylaws to prevent the change. Most of the billboards going up can be changed to digital simply by getting the OK from the state.

The state, meanwhile, abides by rules that insist on placing billboards a set distance from each other, 1,000 feet for digital, 500 for static.

What? Were you brought up in a barn?

Well, it wasn’t this barn. You’ll be keeping the door closed even without mom’s urging at the Peabody Art Association’s “Art in the Barn.” Yes, it’s at Brooksby Farm’s Smith Barn on 38 Felton St., but don’t expect to be dismayed by cows, horses, pigs or any of their by-products. Instead, you’ll find paintings, photographs, crafts, cards and more.

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