In Bellows Falls...
NOEL BAZAAR: The Bellows Falls Area Senior Center, 18 Tuttle St., will hold its annual Noel Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bazaar features knitted and hand-sewn items, homemade food sale, white elephant tables, raffles and the Elf Cafe, which opens at 9 a.m., serving coffee, tea and doughnuts; a light lunch of homemade corn chowder, sandwich rolls and homemade pies is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The raffle will include a handmade 90-by-82-inch quilt made by the Center’s quilting group and quilted by Julie Patrick; Christmas Cash; a handmade afghan made by the Center’s Knit & Stitchers, and an Apple Basket full of apple goods of all kinds. Tickets for the quilt, afghan and apple basket are available at $1 each or six for $5. The Christmas Cash raffle tickets are $20 each and only 100 tickets will be sold. All raffles will be drawn the day of the event. Tickets are available at the Center’s office which is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
BENEFIT FOR LEXY: Three auctions will take place on Friday, Nov. 30, at the B.P.O.E. 1499 Lodge, 75 Putney Road, in Brattleboro to benefit Lexy Giallella.
A live auction will start at 6 p.m. Prior to and during the auction raffle tickets for a Chinese auction will be sold. There will be also be a silent auction. Many items have been donated for these auctions.
Lexy, 14, was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. She is facing a long road to recovery that includes chemo and radiation therapy and possibly surgery. She is the daughter of Cherish and Randy Clark and Bob Giallella.
For anyone interested in making a cash donation, make checks payable to Cherish or Randy Clark and send to Ruth Gorham Houle, 89 Meadowbrook Road, Brattleboro VT 05301 or to B.P.O.E. 1499 (Elks Lodge), P.O. Box 8051, Brattleboro, VT 05304. Monetary donations may also be dropped off at the Elks Lodge.
MUSIC AT THE MARKET: Singer songwriter Peter Siegel will be at the Winter Farmers Market presenting a special children’s show on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Siegel will be entertaining children of all ages. His most recent endeavors include playing mandolin on Pete Seeger’s latest Grammy Award winning "Tomorrow’s Children" and the production of a Parents’ Choice award winning CD with his students in the Keene (N.H.) School district entitled "Peace Place."
The market, sponsored by Post Oil Solutions, is located at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., and is open every Saturday through March 30. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-869-2141. For more on Siegel, visit www.petersiegel.com.
RODENT TALK: Reformer columnist Patti Smith has had many opportunities to get to know wildlife through her work as a naturalist and wildlife rehabilitator. Among her favorites are members of the Order Rodentia. On Thursday, Nov. 29, she will give a presentation, "Rodents I Have Known," on this frequently maligned group of animals. The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. at the Dummerston School, and is sponsored by the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center and the Dummerston Conservation Commission.
The rodents of this region range in size from red-backed voles to beavers, and along the spectrum there are mice, chipmunks, squirrels, woodchucks and porcupines.
Smith will share a little of the basic biology of the species, but will focus on the insights that can only be gained by developing a certain level of intimacy with one’s subjects. She will share stories, pictures, and video footage of her favorite wild characters.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The Guilford Community Church’s festive annual Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. An array of handmade crafts, fragrant balsam holiday wreaths, white elephant items, stocking stuffers, and homemade jams, baked goods, and specialty cookie platters will be on sale. A special raffle table will feature a variety of items such as gift baskets, an American Girl doll, and more.
Coffee and sweets will be for sale in addition to a lunch of homemade corn chowder, chili, sandwiches, and quiches.
All proceeds from the bazaar will benefit the church, which actively supports over 20 local programs and organizations that serve the wider community. Directions: From Interstate 91 Exit 1 in Brattleboro go south on Route 5 to just past the Guilford Country Store, left on Bee Barn Road, left again on Church Drive.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: The Halifax PTG (FOHS) will host a Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair in the Halifax School gym at 246 Branch Road in Halifax on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Many local crafters, artisans and consultants will be featuring handmade jewelry, maple syrup, decorated desserts, handmade clocks, candles and accessories, Christmas decorations, doll clothes and accessories, and more. There will be a ticket auction for various prizes from the participating vendors.
A snack booth supporting the 8th grade class trip will be feature breakfast, snacks and lunch items. Proceeds of the craft fair will benefit the Halifax PTG (FOHS).
In Hinsdale, N.H. ...
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The North Hinsdale Community Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Millstream Community Center on Main Street in Hinsdale.
The bazaar will feature area crafters, a Chinese auction, raffle, bake sale, and lunch items. There will also be a game for the children with prizes. Santa will visit with the children and pictures will be taken. For more information, call Tina McCosker at 802-579-5475.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The Friends of the Wardsboro Library will sponsor its 12th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wardsboro Town Hall on Main Street.
At noon Santa Claus will arrive at Town Hall and visit until 2 p.m. Santa’s visitors will all receive a free souvenir photo and a special gift.
A coffee shop adjacent to the bake shop will be open throughout the bazaar. Homemade baked goods including holiday cookies and candies, individually or by the dozen, jellies, relishes and more holiday treats will be offered for sale.
A large selection of handcrafted holiday ornaments, fresh balsam wreaths, and holiday decorations will be a highlight of the bazaar and gifts will be available in Santa’s Gift Shop. New and nearly-new books for children will be featured in the Children’s Book Shop.
All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Wardsboro Library to support the Gloria Danforth Memorial Building, the home of the Wardsboro Public Library.
For more information, call 802-896-3416 or visit www.friendsofwardsborolibrary.org.
In West Brattleboro...
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The Annual Holiday Bazaar at the All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Church will once again offer their unique artisan wreaths and greens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Beautiful holiday handmade swags, wreaths, table arrangements made from locally cut fresh greens and natural wonders to decorate the largest and smallest of spaces will be available for sale. Berries, cones and other natural contributions adorn the wreaths to make an artistic statement celebrating the beauty of the Vermont environment.
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., with a menu offering soups, bread and desserts. There will be baked goods including traditional holiday pastries and breads, cakes, cookies, and candies.
Children can make their own natural wonders for gifts at the Elves’ Workshop for Kids, and enjoy a visit from Santa at noon.
The popular auction will be open with many gifts such as dinners, a basket of homemade goods, maple syrup, a hand-crocheted bedspread and more.
All proceeds benefit the All Souls Church Unitarian-Universalist at West Village Meeting House whose building is also used for the Garland School and as a gathering for special occasions, community events, and conferences. For more information, call 802-254-9377.
In Winchester, N.H. Š
BEAN SUPPER: The United Church of Winchester will hold its monthly Bean Supper on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building on Main Street. Served family style, the cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children, and $20 for up to five family members (adults with children).
For more information, call 603-239-4465. There will be no advanced ticket sales.